PRO: The Titans signed free agent Kenny Vaccaro during the 2018 training camp after starter Johnathan Cyprien suffered a season-ending injury during practice. The former 2013 first-round pick arrives in Nashville after five years as a starter with the New Orleans Saints. In 68 career games with 67 starts in New Orleans, the University of Texas product totaled 482 tackles, eight interceptions, 7.5 sacks, five forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.
• In 2017, Vaccaro registered 60 tackles and a career-best three interceptions.
• In 2015, Vaccaro started all 16 games for first time and set career-highs with 136 tackles, three sacks, two forced fumbles and his first career fumble recovery.
• In 2014, Vaccaro posted 113 tackles, a sack, two interceptions and five passes defensed.
• In 2013, Vaccaro was named to the PFWA All-Rookie team after collecting 93 tackles, a sack, an interception, six passes defensed and a forced fumble.
• Vaccaro traveled to Kenya during the 2016 offseason with former Texas and Saints teammate Alex Okafor and is involved in community and fundraising efforts to construct a school in the region.
• Vaccaro’s uncle, A.J. Johnson, played for the Washington Redskins (1989-94), helping them to Super Bowl XXVI win before spending a season with the San Diego Chargers (1995).
• Vaccaro founded the Kenny Vaccaro Foundation to provide economically-challenged students with literacy and education resources so that they can achieve academic excellence, develop confident personal skills, and make positive decisions to avoid high risk behavior.
• The Brownwood, Texas, native was originally selected by the New Orleans Saints in the first round (15th overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft.
• Signed by the Titans as a free agent on Aug. 4, 2018.
• Appeared in 51 games with 32 starts at Texas and totaled 264 tackles (162 solo), two sacks, 16 tackles for loss, five interceptions for 19 yards in returns, 21 passes defensed, four forced fumbles, a fumble recovery, two blocked punts and 14 special teams tackles (10 solo).
• Earned first-team All-American honors as a senior and All-Big 12 first-team recognition from league coaches in his final two years. Played four different positions including both safety spots.
• As a senior (2012), started all 13 games at free safety as a team captain and totaled a team-leading and career-high 107 tackles (60 solo), including four stops for a loss, two interceptions for 19 yards in returns, five passes defensed, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.
• As a junior (2011), started all 13 contests at strong safety and totaled 82 tackles (47 solo), two sacks for minus 16 yards, eight stops for a loss, eight passes defensed and two interceptions. Helped Longhorns lead Big 12 and rank sixth in nation in rushing defense (92.2 ypg.) and 11th in total defense (306.1 ypg.).
• As a sophomore (2010), appeared in all 12 games on defense and special teams and finished fifth on the team with 56 tackles (42 solo), also adding four stops for minus 22 yards, eight passes defensed, one interception and a forced fumble, also contributing five tackles (four solo) and a blocked punt on special teams. Helped Longhorns rank sixth in nation in total defense (300.2 ypg.) and pass defense (161.6 ypg.).
• As a freshman (2009), appeared in all 13 games on defense and special teams and recorded 19 tackles (13 solo), one forced fumble, nine special teams stops and one blocked punt.
• Majored in physical culture and sports studies at Texas.
• Attended Brownwood (Texas) High School before transferring to Early (Texas) High School for his senior campaign.
• Played six different positions while totaling 235 tackles and five interceptions in three years, also seeing action on offense at wide receiver and running back.
• Earned both All-State and All-District first-team honors at defensive back.
• Also played basketball for three years.
• His younger brother, Kevin, also played football at Texas.
• Vaccaro received the Jim Finks Good Guy Award in 2014 for his cooperation with the New Orleans media.
• Follow Vaccaro on Twitter at @KennyVaccaro4.
• Follow Vaccaro on Instagram at @kennyvaccaro.
• Born Kenneth Dwayne Vaccaro on Feb. 15, 1991 in Brownwood, Texas.
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