Finnegan named one of Titans' captains

Normally a team naming its captains for a season is a formality and seldom raises any attention.

But the Tennessee Titans defensive captain for 2011 is worth noting, according to TitanInsider.com.

Cornerback Cortland Finnegan has been bestowed with the honor by his teammates, along with quarterback Matt Hasselbeck on offense and linebacker Tim Shaw on special teams.

Finnegan's election as captain is an interesting occurrence for a player who at times has made headlines for not quite the reasons you would want to on the field.

Last year, Finnegan had a particularly rough season, from the whole “dirtiest player in the NFL” aspirations he openly talked about (and ultimately was selected as) to his publicized on-field fight with Houston Texans receiver Andre Johnson.

But this year, Finnegan spearheaded the Titans' off-season workouts during the lockout, gathering more than 40 teammates in Nashville to work out together in lieu of OTAs.

And even when he had a bad hiccup with his weekend walkout of training camp over a contract dispute, Finnegan returned, offered an apology and accepted the responsibility of his actions.

Perhaps it is a sign that his teammates believe Finnegan will now go back to being recognized for his play on the field and not the extracurricular things that have plagued him in the past.

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Terry McCormick covers the Titans for TitanInsider.com