On Thursday evening, the Tennessee Titans announced that country music legend Dolly Parton will serve as the team’s honorary 12th Titan on Sunday.
The Titans will host the Cleveland Browns on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET. Tennessee currently sits at 8-3 and the Browns come into the matchup with an 8-3 record as well.
Leading up to their home games, Tennessee distinguishes a person or a group of people to serve as the team’s “Honorary 12th Titan.” Former players, military personnel, super fans, and more have held the impressive title. This week, however, that title belongs to the country music queen.
The Tennessee Titans official Twitter account sent a tweet on Thursday evening confirming the news that Parton is going to be the next “Honorary 12th Titan.”
Tennessee Titans Wished Dolly Parton a Happy Birthday
It was only a matter of time until the Titans handed Parton the honor. They have been known to reach out to Parton in the past including wishing her a happy birthday earlier this year. As a matter of fact, they took the time to wish the country music icon a happy birthday on the same day they were getting ready to play in the AFC Championship Game.
Parton turned 74-years-old earlier this year. So, even though the Titans were preparing to go to war against the Kansas City Chiefs in a few hours, they paid their respect to the queen before starting the game.
“Happy Birthday @DollyParton! Let’s do it for Tennessee!” the Titans tweeted back on January 19. They sent the tweet right around the same time warmups started.
Project 615 is a philanthropic apparel company benefiting the City of Nashville. They also sent a tweet saying the Titans need some of her “birthday luck” for the big game.
Although Tennessee got out to an early 10-0 lead in the game, when all was said and done, the Chiefs won the AFC Championship Game 35-24. They would also go on to win the Super Bowl. It was the Chiefs’ first Super Bowl win in 50 years.
Dolly Parton Named Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame’s ‘Tennessean of the Year’
Furthermore, Parton was named “Tennessean of the Year” by the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame earlier this year.
According to the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame, “The Tennessean of the Year recognizes an individual or organization that has made significant contributions to society through sports or other methods, demonstrating strong character and high-profile leadership.”
Parton offered a follow-up statement showcasing her usual charm and humor.
“This will come as a shock to most of you, but I’m not very athletic. Haha,” Parton said. “I just couldn’t find tennis shoes, cleats, or blades with five-inch heels, so I gave up and settled for music. Seriously, I have always been a proud Tennessee girl and have supported all our athletics through the years; so, of course, I’m thrilled to be honored by the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame.”
On the same note, the organization also honored Derrick Henry, the Tennessee Titans’ star running back. They name him the “Pro Athlete of the Year.”