During the Tennessee Titans’ bye week in October, Coach Jeff Fisher created a stir when he donned a blue No. 18 Peyton Manning Indianapolis Colts jersey on stage at a charity event where former Colts coach Tony Dungy was the keynote speaker.
This week, with the Titans playing at Indianapolis and having won five straight since the stunt, the issue of the jersey arose again this week, when Fisher was asked about its whereabouts.
“That jersey was donated to charity,” Fisher said Thursday.
It was then purchased by country singer Martina McBride, who made a sizeable contribution to Michael W. Smith’s Rocketown, the charity that Fisher and Dungy were there to represent in the first place.
Now, McBride also has a new song about the jersey, called “We Got Your Number.”
Fisher said at the time and again on Thursday that the incident was made into a much bigger deal than it was supposed to be.
“I thought the story was over when I walked off the stage,” Fisher said of the matter.
Fisher was asked about the distraction it caused, especially when he quipped, “I just wanted to feel like a winner,” and if too much was made of it.
“At the time, yes. People were uninformed and did not get the whole story,” Fisher said.
The whole saga involving the jersey and its eventual purchase by McBride is scheduled to be chronicled this weekend by ESPN.
Chris Johnson received another accolade during his outstanding season, as he was named AFC Offensive Player of the Month for November.
Johnson rushed for an NFL record 808 yards during the month of November in helping the Titans to five consecutive victories.
“I’m pleased with it. I’m just trying to keep being consistent and doing the right things, and hopefully, I’ll get closer to that record,” said Johnson, who has 1,396 yards rushing and has an outside chance at reaching Eric Dickerson’s single-season record of 2,105 yards.
Justin Gage (back) worked in limited fashion for a second straight day, while safety Michael Griffin (shoulder) also returned in a limited role.
Kicker Rob Bironas (ankle) was back and a full participant in the practice on Thursday, while Colin Allred (hamstring), Jacob Ford (abdomen), Jason Jones (shoulder) and Sen’Derrick Marks (ankle) did not practice.
Jevon Kearse, who was out of practice for personal reasons on Wednesday, was back nad practiced fully on Thursday.
Practice squad players Phillip Morris and Nick Schommer did not work on Thursday.