By The Tennessean
NASHVILLE — For the first time ever, The Tennessee Titans Mr. Football Awards will be presented at Nissan Stadium with the top backs and linemen in eight classifications of the TSSAA recognized Nov. 30.
The top kicker in the state will also be recognized with a Mr. Football award. The awards will be presented in conjunction with a luncheon on the West Club Level at Nissan Stadium.
The Tennessee Titans organization is entering its ninth year as the title sponsor of the awards. They recently extended their agreement to be the title sponsor of the Mr. Football awards for the next four years.
Everyone in the Tennessee Titans organization is proud to be associated with TSSAA and the Mr. Football award,” said Kenneth Adams IV, president of the Tennessee Titans Foundation and member of the Titans board of directors, in a press release. “The Titans have a simple goal: to promote high school football and the athletes that make Friday nights special in Tennessee.
“We hope that inviting the finalists to Nissan Stadium for the Mr. Football awards luncheon will make this event even more memorable for everyone involved.”
This is the 31st year that the Mr. Football awards have been presented to Tennessee’s best high school football players.
“We’re very thankful to the Tennessee Titans for their continued commitment to high school athletics,” said Bernard Childress, executive director of the TSSAA, in the release.
“We are very excited and appreciative about being involved with the Titans, as they have helped make the recognition of these student-athletes, their families, and schools possible,” Childress in the release. “The team and organization have been extremely supportive of high school athletics in our state since their arrival, and having the awards luncheon at Nissan Stadium certainly adds to what is already a special day for these student-athletes.”
The format for the awards will see a change this year as well. Four “semifinalists” will be announced for each category and each classification Nov. 5, officials sid. Six classifications are in Division I, and two are in Division II.
With “Back of the Year” and “Lineman of the Year” for each classification, as well as the “Kicker of the Year” award, that makes for a total of 17 award categories. Two finalists for each category will be announced by Mike Keith on the Titans website at www.titansonline.com on November 16. The two finalists for each award will be the ones invited to attend the awards luncheon at Nissan Stadium, where the winner of each award will be announced.
More than 400 people, including the honorees, their families, coaches, school administrators and members of the media from all parts of the state, are expected to attend the 2015 luncheon, officials said.