If you had to stop and search Coon’s name to make sure he’s a real person, you likely aren’t alone. One of Ryan Tannehill’s newest offensive linemen is someone known far more for his skills on the wrestling mat than at the line of scrimmage.
The Titans signed Michigan wrestler Adam Coon as an offensive lineman
The Tennessee Titans’ newest offensive lineman earned All-American honors at Michigan, and he never even played a snap for Jim Harbaugh.
Meet Adam Coon, a three-time All-American wrestler who had a 116-15 record in college. The 26-year-old is expected to play guard in the NFL after he signed with the Titans.
The Titans had an open spot on the roster after cornerback Kevin Johnson, who signed a one-year contract worth $2.25 million in March, went on the reserve-retired list. The team also waived offensive tackle Anthony McKinney.
Coon had a legendary college wrestling career
Before he signed with the Titans, Coon hoped to qualify for the 2021 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. That doesn’t happen by accident.
Coon is one of the most prolific wrestlers in recent memory. According to NFL Media, he won medals at world and Pan American championship events in each of the past three years. The three-time All-American has been competing at the 130 kilograms, or 286 pounds, weight class.
Team USA listed Coon at 6 feet 5 inches and 286 pounds. It will be worth monitoring what he clocks in at when training camp begins. No active offensive lineman on the Titans weighs less than 300 pounds.
Is there a difference between Coon and Tim Tebow?
When tweeting about the Titans’ decision to sign Coon, talk show host Clay Travis rhetorically asked for the difference between that move and the Jaguars’ decision to sign Tebow, who hasn’t played a regular season game since 2012, as a tight end.
Travis isn’t wrong in asking that question, and he correctly noted the media took issue with the Tebow signing. Some, including Stephen A. Smith, even suggested the former Broncos quarterback earned an NFL opportunity because of “white privilege.”
The difference between Coon and Tebow goes beyond their positions. Coon is seven years younger and has been active in a very physical sport. Although he’s remained in great shape, Tebow can’t compare his recent stint in minor league baseball to wrestling.
Coon also is more of the prototypical experimental signee. He’s a prolific and relatively young athlete in another sport and in the prime of his career.
Although there is no guarantee Coon even makes the practice squad, don’t be surprised if Titans head coach Mike Vrabel, a disciple of the Bill Belichick coaching tree, gets the most out of his newest offensive lineman.