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Titans get surprise wakeup by 101st Airborne Division
Titans Online ^ | 8/7/2006 | By Gary Glenn

Posted on 08/08/2006 7:32:04 AM PDT by Warren_Piece

Titans get surprise wakeup by 101st Airborne Division
By Gary Glenn
Titans Online

Linebacker Keith Bulluck (53) and Titans players were surprised with an early morning workout Monday at nearby Ft. Campbell.
CLARKSVILLE, TN, Aug. 7, 2006 -- As Titans players went to bed Sunday evening, they had no idea what was about to transpire only a few hours later.

With only a single practice scheduled for Monday afternoon, they figured Monday morning would be a piece of cake.

That turned out to be far from the truth.

They were awakened at 4:30 a.m. by fists pounding on their doors from soldiers of the 101st Airborne, Jeff Fisher, strength and conditioning coach Steve Watterson, and director of security Steve Berk for a team outing the head coach had been secretly planning for months.

Boom, boom, boom…”Wake up sunshine,” Watterson said as he opened the bedroom doors of the groggy and confused players. 

Cameras flashed, and a crew from NFL Films was there to record the players’ initial reactions.

“Tennis shoes, shorts, t-shirt. You’ve got 30 seconds to get downstairs,” barked out Fisher.

As players made their way out of Sevier Hall, they soon realized this was no joke.

“At first I thought I had overslept,” said cornerback Pacman Jones.

“Somebody about blew my door down, but I’m not sure who it was,” punter Craig Hentrich said.

“I don’t know man, all I know is Steve Berk was banging on my door and I asked him what was wrong and he wouldn’t answer me, and then they just tried to force their way in,” linebacker Keith Bulluck said. “That was the best sleep I was having since we came here.”

 “It was just total confusion at first. I didn’t know what was going on,” added center Kevin Mawae. “But apparently Jeff has something planned for us today.”

Indeed, he did.

Finally out of the dorm, players realized they would be taking part in Army PT training at Ft. Campbell, home of the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division, located just 10 minutes away from where the club is conducting training camp at Austin Peay State University.

As buses arrived on base, players were dropped off in front of the outdoor training facility of the 101st. Immediately, they were ordered to do pushups and pull-ups, but that was just the beginning of what was to come.

Little did they know they were about to get the workout of their life from Sergeant Miree.

She formed four lines of about 20 players per row, first starting with some basic stretching exercises, then jumping jacks.

No sweat.

It was after she ordered players to pick up their rifles when the fun began.

With rifles in hand, players performed a variety of drills, including the Squat and Thrust, Over the Head, Up and Squat, Reverse Curl, and Military Press.

The drills began without incident, but as she continued them at great length, players looked fatigued. However, Sergeant Miree kept going strong, even barking out trash talk to some Titans throughout the process.

“One, two, three, you’re looking kind of weak,” she said smiling.

Bulluck, who was positioned directly in front of her, tried his best to keep up.

“Some of her chants were about me. She was talking about how I was going to tap out, but I was right in front and I had to keep it going,” Bulluck said. “It was tough, but at the same time, it’s all work. For me, when it comes to work, it’s all in your mind. It’s mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it don’t matter.”

Said punter Craig Hentrich: “I’ll tell you what, we were ready to stop at about 30 or 40 and she went to 101 about three or four different times. She put us to shame.”

Added wide receiver Drew Bennett: “It was harder than it looked, especially since the woman up there made it look so effortless. All of these professional athletes were falling out.”

Several players admitted, it was an enlightening experience.

“It was very humbling for a lot of guys to see that young lady up there with so much focus, determination and drive,” linebacker David Thornton said. “It really pumped some guys up to try to keep up with her. But all in all, I think that whole little exercise routine was just some good discipline for the guys. It really encourages us to keep pushing and not give up.”

After the drills finally ended, players ran one mile in groups of 15 to cap off the workout portion of their visit, which also included a repelling demonstration, taking part in simulated comat training at the Frank L. Dietrich Marksmanship Facility, and reaching out to families of soldiers serving in Iraq and other hotspots around the world.

Following breakfast at the Chow Hall, about 20 Titans players signed autographs for hundreds of fans for nearly two hours at the PX on base.

One by one, fans swarmed through, seeking autographs and pictures from some of their favorite players, including Vince Young and Pacman Jones.

But players had to do a double-take when one fan in particular, showed up at their table.

It was Sergeant Miree —  with her seven-month old baby in hand.

“I’m ready to go again. You guys ready to go another round?” she asked.

“No disrespect, but we’re not coming back to see you,” Pacman responded.

In reality, Sergeant Miree is a Titans fan who was excited about her chance to work out with the team.

“I thought they were going to out-do me, but we both hung in there,” she said. “I’ve been in the Air Assault for three years, and after doing it for that long you tend to get used to it. Overall, it was a great experience for me. You can’t ask for anything better than working out with the Titans. I had fun doing it.”

As for his experience, Bulluck said the day revealed much about his teammates.

“You get to see who’s really into it and who can take what,” Bulluck said. “You can learn a lot about your teammates and the character of some other people when you have to work with them in non-football related work.”

For Fisher, it was mission accomplished.

“We’ve been secretly putting this together for quite some time now and I can’t tell you how excited I am that we were able to pull it off because the surprise factor was critical to this,” Fisher said. “What we’ve done is we’ve pulled a team together, the base together — the team and Ft. Campbell —  and we hope that an event that took place like this morning will have some sort of far-reaching impact over the season.”



TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events; US: Kentucky; US: Tennessee
KEYWORDS: 101st; nfl; screamingeagles; titans
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This was just awesome, in so many ways.
1 posted on 08/08/2006 7:32:05 AM PDT by Warren_Piece
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To: Warren_Piece

The most amazing thing about this story is that there is a human named Pacman.


2 posted on 08/08/2006 7:34:28 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: Warren_Piece

A day they'll all remember, no doubt about it.


3 posted on 08/08/2006 7:38:40 AM PDT by conservatism_IS_compassion (The idea around which liberalism coheres is that NOTHING actually matters except PR.)
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To: Warren_Piece

Ahhh...the 0430 wake-up. Brings back great memories. Never could find the 8 ball from the pool table in the dayroom because the CQ always had it at the desk and used it to pound on the barracks doors in the morning


4 posted on 08/08/2006 7:39:00 AM PDT by Horatio Gates (The greener grass on the other side of the fence is artificial turf)
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To: Warren_Piece; ABG(anybody but Gore); akorahil; albee; A message; andyland; Argh; b4its2late; ...

NFL PING



FReepmail scott says to be added to, or to be taken off the NFL Ping list...


This is a fairly high volume ping list

5 posted on 08/08/2006 7:39:45 AM PDT by scott says (MSM=Morons Spouting Misinformation)
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To: Warren_Piece

Awesome indeed. Great post.


6 posted on 08/08/2006 7:42:29 AM PDT by BOBTHENAILER (One by one, in small groups or in whole armies, we don't care how we do it, but we're gonna getcha)
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To: scott says

please add me to your nfl ping list, thanks. Got Pats.


7 posted on 08/08/2006 7:47:24 AM PDT by Hydroshock ( (Proverbs 22:7). The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.)
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To: dead

Pacman has talent,

but he's yet to show humanity.


8 posted on 08/08/2006 7:50:33 AM PDT by TitansAFC ("Life is just one crushing defeat after another until you just wish Flanders was dead.")
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To: Warren_Piece

Another heart warming story about our military.


9 posted on 08/08/2006 7:50:36 AM PDT by billhilly
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To: dead

The most amazing thing to me is that Sgt. Miree had a baby just 7 months before and was STILL kicking butt! It's a cinch she didn't have a C-section.


10 posted on 08/08/2006 7:51:14 AM PDT by MissNomer (If by "working through" the problem you mean "giving up" . . . .)
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To: dead

The most amazing thing to me is that Sgt. Miree had a baby just 7 months before and was STILL kicking butt! It's a cinch she didn't have a C-section.


11 posted on 08/08/2006 7:51:28 AM PDT by MissNomer (If by "working through" the problem you mean "giving up" . . . .)
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To: Warren_Piece
With rifles in hand, players performed a variety of drills, including the Squat and Thrust, Over the Head, Up and Squat, Reverse Curl, and Military Press.

Yeah but did they do little man in the woods? LOL!!!
12 posted on 08/08/2006 7:53:42 AM PDT by MikefromOhio (aka MikeinIraq)
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To: The Raven; MozartLover; b4its2late; mystery-ak

What a neat article!


13 posted on 08/08/2006 7:54:07 AM PDT by kayak (Praying for MozartLover's son, Jemian's son, all our military, and our President every day!)
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To: Warren_Piece
which also included a repelling demonstration,

Why, Oh Why, Dear Lord, can the mediots NOT spell "rappel"?

14 posted on 08/08/2006 7:55:03 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilisation is aborting, buggering, and contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: ArrogantBustard

The Chargers are going to practice on the USS Ronald Reagan later this month.


15 posted on 08/08/2006 7:56:35 AM PDT by cdga5for4
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To: TitansAFC

If Pac grows up and loses his gangsta friends, he will be a premier corner in the NFL for many years. If not, we might be hearing about his parole hearing in 15 years.


16 posted on 08/08/2006 7:57:08 AM PDT by Warren_Piece (Smart is easy. Good is hard.)
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To: dead
The most amazing thing about this story is that there is a human named Pacman.

Then imagine your surprise when the next batter up for the Red Sox is Coco Crisp! I'm series.

17 posted on 08/08/2006 7:58:45 AM PDT by NonValueAdded (Tom Gallagher, the anti-Crist [FL 2006 Governor race])
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To: cdga5for4
Cool.

It would be even more cool if the Chargers could visit a submarine ... built at the Electric Boat Company.

Huh-huh huh-huh ...

18 posted on 08/08/2006 7:59:32 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilisation is aborting, buggering, and contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: Warren_Piece
That is just too darned COOL! Go Titans!

I can hardly wait for the coming NFL season...

19 posted on 08/08/2006 8:00:22 AM PDT by TonyRo76 (American by birth. Patriot by choice. Christian by grace.)
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To: Warren_Piece

I wonder how a baseball team would do ?


20 posted on 08/08/2006 8:00:22 AM PDT by Obie Wan
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To: NonValueAdded
Coco Crisp cracks me up. So does Milton Bradley.

And my wife was stunned to hear that there's a baseball player named Puholz. I never realized that name was funny, until she pointed it out. I don't really know how I overlooked it.

21 posted on 08/08/2006 8:01:38 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: Obie Wan
I wonder how a baseball team would do ?

As Jon Kruk once said, "Lady, I ain't no athelete! I'm a baseball player!"

22 posted on 08/08/2006 8:02:41 AM PDT by Warren_Piece (Smart is easy. Good is hard.)
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To: Warren_Piece

Legs are so predictable.


23 posted on 08/08/2006 8:07:47 AM PDT by mad_as_he$$ (Never corner anything meaner than you. NSDQ)
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To: NonValueAdded

Just not World Series.


24 posted on 08/08/2006 8:10:20 AM PDT by proudpapa (of three.)
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To: Warren_Piece

Is Les Steckel involved with the Titans?

He tried to do something similar when he coached the Vikings. Only his camp workouts consisted of genius drills such as the speed bench press.


25 posted on 08/08/2006 8:10:44 AM PDT by Gunflint
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To: Warren_Piece
Linebacker Keith Bulluck (53) and Titans players were surprised with an early morning workout Monday at nearby Ft. Campbell

26 posted on 08/08/2006 8:10:57 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: Warren_Piece; ArrogantBustard
included a repelling demonstration

One can only imagine. hee hee
27 posted on 08/08/2006 8:11:44 AM PDT by UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide (Give Them Liberty Or Give Them Death! - IT'S ISLAM, STUPID! - Islam Delenda Est! - Rumble thee forth)
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To: proudpapa

LOL, no, not for another 100 years or so.


28 posted on 08/08/2006 8:12:01 AM PDT by NonValueAdded (Tom Gallagher, the anti-Crist [FL 2006 Governor race])
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To: Warren_Piece

Absolutely brilliant...but Fisher should leave them there for at least two whole weeks.


29 posted on 08/08/2006 8:12:14 AM PDT by NewRomeTacitus (Tennessee - where Georgians who can't learn Spanish move to.)
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To: Gunflint

Steckel was offensive coordinator through the super bowl run in 2000. Two things can keep steve McNair from passing for 300 yds a game: injury, and playing for Les Steckel. But we DID run Eddie George 4 times a game!


30 posted on 08/08/2006 8:15:02 AM PDT by Warren_Piece (Smart is easy. Good is hard.)
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To: Gunflint

Steckel was offensive coordinator through the super bowl run in 2000. Two things can keep steve McNair from passing for 300 yds a game: injury, and playing for Les Steckel. But we DID run Eddie George 40 times a game!


31 posted on 08/08/2006 8:15:25 AM PDT by Warren_Piece (Smart is easy. Good is hard.)
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To: NonValueAdded

Coco Crisp
Milton Bradley
Kenny Rogers

Gotta love MLB! :)


32 posted on 08/08/2006 8:16:38 AM PDT by TampaDude (If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the PROBLEM!!!)
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To: TomGuy

Wore them out with a little M-16. Those big linemen look like they should be doing those drills with a ma deuce.


33 posted on 08/08/2006 8:19:20 AM PDT by yawningotter
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To: Warren_Piece

Sgt Miree was 7 months post-partum and ran an NFL team into the ground? Where do we get these soldiers?


34 posted on 08/08/2006 8:19:24 AM PDT by CholeraJoe (USAF Air Rescue "That others may live.")
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To: ArrogantBustard; Warren_Piece
Why, Oh Why, Dear Lord, can the mediots NOT spell "rappel"?

Hey! You don't know that's what they meant! Perhaps a big sweaty guy named Pacman is a repelling demonstration.

35 posted on 08/08/2006 8:20:09 AM PDT by sam_paine (X .................................)
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To: CholeraJoe
"Sgt Miree was 7 months post-partum and ran an NFL team into the ground? Where do we get these soldiers?"


Mostly from your local high school, with a little Basic Training thrown in...

Also, so much for women can't hack the physical stuff, either. Some sure can, although I'll admit I couldn't do what she's doing, either. To paraphrase Kipling, "You're a better man than I am, Sgt. Miree."
36 posted on 08/08/2006 8:30:50 AM PDT by Old Student (WRM, MSgt, USAF(Ret.))
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To: sam_paine
Good point ... it's certainly not something that I would find attractive.

SGT Miree might be a different matter entirely.

37 posted on 08/08/2006 8:35:15 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilisation is aborting, buggering, and contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: dead

Milton Bradley is my favorite ridiculous name. He's young enough that his parents knew what they were doing. They knew. I don't think that Kenny Rogers the singer was famous when the pitcher was born, and Coco Crisp is just a nickname that stuck to an absurd degree.

Just so you know, it's spelled "Pujols." The way you had it "Puholz" makes him seem like a Kraut (he's a Dominican).


38 posted on 08/08/2006 9:13:07 AM PDT by Cyclopean Squid (Being That Guy so you don't have to.)
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To: lightingguy

ping


39 posted on 08/08/2006 9:30:12 AM PDT by agrace
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To: Obie Wan; All
"I wonder how a baseball team would do ?"

John Kerry's favorite player, Manny Ortiz, would probably have no problem.

Now, as for the Cubs.....

40 posted on 08/08/2006 9:35:40 AM PDT by musicman
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To: dead
Coco Crisp cracks me up. So does Milton Bradley.

2 years ago, the Indians had both of them, until Bradley became a problem and had to be traded.

41 posted on 08/08/2006 9:53:23 AM PDT by darkangel82 (Higher visibility leads to greater zottability.)
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To: Warren_Piece

bttt


42 posted on 08/08/2006 9:56:36 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: dead
The most amazing thing about this story is that there is a human named Pacman.

His brother, Asteroids, plays center for Louisville.
43 posted on 08/08/2006 9:58:09 AM PDT by BJClinton (What happens on Free Republic, stays on Google.)
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To: CholeraJoe

I'd give a paycheck to have an audio recording of the event. Can you imagine the trash talk from this lady?

"You made my entire year's pay in the last 15 minutes and you can't get to 50 son. Better peek in your shorts to see if they're still hooked on!"


44 posted on 08/08/2006 10:07:42 AM PDT by RinaseaofDs
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To: Warren_Piece

Ahh, sweet memories!


45 posted on 08/08/2006 10:10:48 AM PDT by airborne (Satan's greatest trick was convincing people he doesn't exist.)
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To: cdga5for4

"The Chargers are going to practice on the USS Ronald Reagan later this month."

Keenan McCardell is heading deep for one out of bounds, he leaps, he's..he's...in San Diego Bay!


46 posted on 08/08/2006 10:23:13 AM PDT by Rb ver. 2.0
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To: TampaDude

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EDDIE JOOST
JOHNNY PESKY
THORNTON LEE
DANNY GARDELLA
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MAX LANIER
EDDIE WAITKUS
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and
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AUGIE GALAN
and
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and
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and
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SIGMUND JAKUCKI
BIG JOHNNY MIZE
and
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JOHN ANTONELLI
FERRIS FAIN
FRANKIE CROSETTI
JOHNNY SAIN
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and
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FRANKIE GUSTINE
and
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EDDIE BASINSKI
ERNIE LOMBARDI
HUEY MULCAHY
VAN LINGLE

VAN LINGLE MUNGO


47 posted on 08/08/2006 11:27:17 AM PDT by Hegewisch Dupa
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To: Warren_Piece
It was Sergeant Miree — with her seven-month old baby in hand. “I’m ready to go again. You guys ready to go another round?” she asked. “No disrespect, but we’re not coming back to see you,” Pacman responded.

Simply priceless.

48 posted on 08/08/2006 11:32:58 AM PDT by taxcontrol
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To: Hegewisch Dupa

WTF?
and
WTF??
and
WTF???


49 posted on 08/08/2006 12:25:32 PM PDT by TampaDude (If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the PROBLEM!!!)
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To: CholeraJoe
Sgt Miree was 7 months post-partum and ran an NFL team into the ground? Where do we get these soldiers?

Hi CJ. Long time. :-)

And she's just a little thing too!

50 posted on 08/08/2006 4:11:05 PM PDT by RikaStrom (The number one rule of the Kama Sutra is that you both be on the same page.../Exeter 051705)
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