Keith Bulluck wanted to wait, but when the right question was asked, he couldn’t help but show off a little present he received last February from an anonymous donor.
Bulluck was asked a polite question about opening the 2009 season in primetime on Sept. 10 against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Then, a follow-up question was asked if Bulluck thought he was a marked man because he was one of three Titans players to be seen defacing the Steelers’ fans yellow Terrible Towels after the Titans’ 31-14 win at LP Field last season.
Bulluck reached into the bottom of his locker and pulled out the “gift.”
It was an Official Pittsburgh Steelers Terrible Towel from Super Bowl XLIII, sent to Bulluck with a note dated 2/16/09 and no return address.
Along with the towel was a note that read:
“On behalf of Steeler Nation, we would like to present you with our new Terrible Towel. Hang this up in your locker room.
Sincerely, the Black and Gold
P.S.: I hope you enjoyed the Super Bowl.”
After showing off the towel and the note, Bulluck remarked, “So, you tell me if I’m on their mind. Look at the date. It was like a week-and-a-half after they won the Super Bowl. So you tell me if I’m a marked man. I can’t wait until we go to Pittsburgh. You just asked the right question. You asked the perfect question. I’ve been trying to save it, but it was just the perfect opportunity.”
Video from the Titans official website captured Bulluck's remarks.
Bulluck, LenDale White and Jevon Kearse were photographed mocking and defacing the Terrible Towels, and though he doesn’t know who owns the one sent to him, he joked that he might try to dispose of it at Heinz Field the way some Red Sox fans attempted to bury a David Ortiz jersey in the new Yankee Stadium.
“I might take it to Pittsburgh and bury it somewhere in the stadium like they tried to do at Yankee Stadium. I’m going to return it to the rightful owner,” Bulluck said.
Bulluck indicated that if the Titans win at Pittsburgh in the season opener, that he won’t be making a return engagement on stomping the towels in the visiting city.
“I was going to bring it out one way or another. In all due respect, after we win, I definitely will not be stomping on any towels,” Bulluck said. “That’s just utter disrespect. The only reason why it happened was because they came into our house waving their 15,000 towels or whatever, and they travel well. They’re a proud organization. Steeler Nation they are, but we’re not too worried about it.”
One of the other culprits, White, said he has not received any Steelers paraphernalia as a gift, but said he might be inclined to stomp the towels again.
“I don’t care about none of that. I stomped on that towel, because they were in my house. They came into the Titans arena waving those ugly yellow flags, and I stomped on one,” White said. “If they wave it again, I’m going to stomp on another one. I’m the Terrible Towel Stomper forever. If people don’t like it on this team or anywhere else, whatever. I don’t think a towel stomp makes you play more hard or less hard.”
White also indicated that he welcomes the chance to taste the sandwich honoring Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
“I’ve seen the Big Ben Roethlisberger sandwich on TV, so if anybody wants to freeze and send one over, I’ll be more than happy to eat it,” White said.