Eager for challenge, Titans guard Adam Coon is grappling to master sport he never played in college

By John Glennon

    Strolling onto the field for his first football practice in years, Adam Coon found himself in a most unlikely role last month: He was an underdog, a big one at that.

    Such is the case when you didn’t play a down of college football but – at the age of 26 – are competing for an interior line spot on the Tennessee Titans’ roster.

    All those honors and achievements Coon had piled up on the wrestling mat, where the heavyweight posted a 116-15 record at the University of Michigan, was three times named an All-American and came within one win of qualifying for the U.S. Olympic team?

    They didn’t mean much when he strapped on a helmet and shoulder pads, looking to follow in the rare footsteps of college wrestlers who found success in the NFL, such as former Patriots lineman Steve Neal and former Steelers lineman Carlton Haselrig.

    Coon had already taken one significant step on the football front, showing well enough during an individual workout with the Titans that the team signed him to a contract, one that would allow him to compete for a 2021 roster spot.

    But what would it be like actually getting back on the football field with teammates, practicing for . . .

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