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Hutchinson on Bulluck: “One of the Smartest Players I’ve Ever Competed Against”

Posted by Gary Glenn on August 3, 2012 – 7:31 pm

Steve Hutchinson knows a thing or two about enjoying a long, successful NFL career. That’s why he showed a high level of respect when asked about the career of linebacker Keith Bulluck following Friday’s training camp practice at Baptist Sports Park.

Hutchinson, entering his 12th NFL season, said he played against Bulluck “a number of times” and described the former Titan as one of the smartest players he has ever competed against. Hutchinson began his NFL career in 2001 with the Seattle Seahawks, a year after the Titans made Bulluck their top pick in the 2000 draft.

“He was a very good player, an excellent player,” Hutchinson said. “It seemed like half the time he knew what we were running. You could definitely tell that he was a guy that studied game film and knew tendencies.”

Those are strong words coming from one of the NFL’s most respected offensive lineman — a five-time All-Pro who earned seven consecutive Pro Bowls from 2003-09.

“Keith was a hard-nosed linebacker, a guy that was going to go in there and scrum around with the offensive linemen, but also the defensive leader on the field that put everybody in their place,” Hutchinson said.

Bulluck played 11 seasons in the NFL, including his first 10 with the Titans from 2000-09 before finishing his career with the New York Giants – his hometown team – in 2010. Bulluck concluded his career as the third all-time leading tackler in Titans/Oilers history. He appeared in 135 consecutive games from Nov. 12, 2001 to Dec. 20, 2009.

That’s an accomplishment even Hutchinson admires.

“Anytime you can play 10-plus years in this league, you’ve done something,” Hutchinson said. “He definitely deserves the day he had today to retire. And to be able to play in one spot for such a long time in a consecutive set of years is pretty special, too.”

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4 Responses to “Hutchinson on Bulluck: “One of the Smartest Players I’ve Ever Competed Against””

  1. By Joe Postell on Aug 6, 2012 | Reply

    Mr. Monday Night, thanks for all the memories and the hard work on and off the field. You will truly be missed in a Titans uniform. Hopefully you will become part of the Titans ring of honor.

  2. By Steve Berlin on Aug 7, 2012 | Reply

    Mr. Bulluck, you’ve been missed since the moment of your on-field injury. I was completely shocked that the teams cut ties and you ended up in New York. You are easily the best linebacker we’ve had since moving from Houston. And thank you for signing my copy of Madden 2008 up in New England during the pre-season. All the Pats fans couldn’t stop drooling over that and then Big Albert came over, and even Eddie George signed that thing. All thanks to you. You are a beast on the football field and a great human being off of it. Going forward I wish you nothing but the best.

  3. By mmvp on Aug 8, 2012 | Reply

    We love you Keith!!

  4. By Justin on Aug 14, 2012 | Reply

    My favorite Titan of All-time. I hate he didn’t get a ring. You could tell he was very frustrated with the direction the Titans were going towards the end. I was pulling for you in New York as well. Good luck to you Keith! You will be missed. I will still sport your jersey every Sunday!

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