Brad Hopkins

Former Tennessee Titans All-Pro Brad Hopkins

Pro Bowler Brad Hopkins

Former Tennessee Titans’ offensive tackle Brad Hopkins will speak Nov. 24 at 10 a.m. at Old Hickory Church of the Nazarene.

Hopkins played left tackle for 13 seasons in the National Football League, all of them with the Houston Oilers and Tennessee Titans’ organization.

The Oilers selected Hopkins in the first round of the 1993 NFL Draft, following a standout college career with the University of Illinois.

In his rookie season, Hopkins started 11 games at left tackle and was named first-team all-rookie by several organizations.

Hopkins started all 16 games for the Oilers in the 1995, 1996, 1997 and 1999 seasons, blocking for fellow Big Ten alumnus Eddie George. In 1999, the Titans made it to Super Bowl XXXIV in which Hopkins started in a losing effort to the St. Louis Rams.

In 2000, Hopkins earned a trip to the Pro Bowl, starting in all but one game for the Tennessee Titans. Hopkins was part of an offensive line that allowed the third-lowest number of sacks in the NFL, and George gained more than 1,500 yards rushing. That season, the Titans finished with a 13-3 record, winning the AFC Central Division, but lost to the Baltimore Ravens in the first round of the playoffs.

Hopkins continued starting for the Titans, and earned another trip to the Pro Bowl in 2003, starting all 16 games for the fifth time in his career. The Titans were propelled by a high-powered offense with Steve McNair and George, which scored 30 points in six consecutive games – a franchise record.

He announced his retirement from football June 14, 2006. Along with McNair, he was the last player left from the Houston Oilers.

Hopkins currently works as an analyst for SiruisXM's ESPNU, B1G, ACC, SEC, Mad Dog Radio and NFL Radio.

Old Hickory Church of the Nazarene is located at 605 Jones St. in Old Hickory.

For more information, call 615-847-2240 or visit www.ohnaz.org.

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