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Fernando Velasco
C #78
Height:
6-4
Weight:
310
College:
Georgia
Hometown:
Wrens, GA
Experience:
6

Biography

 
PRO: Fernando Velasco returned to the Titans during the 2015 offseason to provide experience and depth to the interior offensive line.  The 6-foot-4-inch, 308-pounder spent the past two seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Carolina Panthers, respectively.  A versatile player that can line up at center or guard, the former Titans undrafted free agent appeared in all 48 games with the club from 2010-2012 with 19 starts, including getting the starting nod in all 16 games in 2012.  Velasco spent the majority of his first two years with the Titans on the practice squad.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
•    In 2013, Velasco started 11 games at center for the Steelers in place of an injured Maurkice Pouncey.
•    In 2012, Velasco started all 16 games for the first time in his career.  He made 13 starts at center and three starts at left guard.
•    In 2010, Velasco saw action in all 16 games with three starts.  He made his first career NFL start at left guard at Dallas (10/10/10).
•    After spending a season and a half on the practice squad, Velasco made his first regular season appearance at San Francisco on Nov. 8, 2009.

TITANS TIDBITS:  
•    During the 2013 offseason, Velasco got engaged to Tieashia Odom while on a short vacation to the Cayman Islands.  He proposed to his girlfriend of four years after swimming with the dolphins at Dolphin Cove.
•    In 2010, Velasco started a foundation called Right C.H.O.I.C.E.S. which  is an acronym for Christ Humility Opportunity Integrity Character Education and Success.  The foundation sponsors a free camp for kids age 8-14 in his hometown every summer.  More than 200 kids attend the camp each year.
•    Velasco enjoys bowling, golfing, watching movies and playing basketball in his spare time.

CAREER TRANSACTIONS:  
•    The Wrens, Ga., native was originally signed by the Titans as a rookie free agent on May 2, 2008.
•    Waived on Aug. 30, 2008 and signed to the practice squad on Aug. 31, 2008.
•    Re-signed as a free agent by the Titans on Jan. 12, 2009.
•    Waived on Sept. 5, 2009 and signed to the practice squad on Sept. 6, 2009.
•    Signed from the practice squad to the 53-man roster on Nov. 7, 2009.
•    Waived on on Nov. 14, 2009 and signed to the practice squad on Nov. 17, 2009.
•    Signed from the practice squad to the 53-man roster on Dec. 30, 2009.
•    Released by the Titans on Aug. 31, 2013.
•    Signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers as a free agent on Sept. 9, 2013.
•    Signed by the Carolina Panthers as an unrestricted free agent on July 23, 2014.
•    Signed by the Titans as a free agent on June 9, 2015.

COLLEGE:
•    Played 50 games with 26 starts at Georgia.
•    As a senior (2007), started all 13 games at center and received All-SEC second-team honors.
•    As a junior (2006), started all 13 games at strong-side offensive guard.
•    Played 12 games in both freshman (2004) and sophomore (2005) seasons.
•    Received degree in health and physical education from Georgia.

PERSONAL:  
•    Married to Tieashia and the couple splits time between Nashville and Wrens, Ga.
•    Was four-year letterman as defensive tackle and offensive tackle at Jefferson County High School in Wrens, Ga.  Selected to Georgia All-State team as senior.
•    Also played basketball two years in high school.
•    List of favorites: (movie) “Life”; (TV show) “Family Matters”; (actor) Denzel Washington; (food) fried chicken; (vacation spot) Miami; (school subject) math; (car) Cadillac Escalade; (video game) Madden NFL; and (author) Joel Osteen.
•    Born Fernando Antonio Velasco on Feb. 22, 1985 in Harris, N.Y.
 
PRO: Fernando Velasco returned to the Titans during the 2015 offseason to provide experience and depth to the interior offensive line.  The 6-foot-4-inch, 308-pounder spent the past two seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Carolina Panthers, respectively.  A versatile player that can line up at center or guard, the former Titans undrafted free agent appeared in all 48 games with the club from 2010-2012 with 19 starts, including getting the starting nod in all 16 games in 2012.  Velasco spent the majority of his first two years with the Titans on the practice squad.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
•    In 2013, Velasco started 11 games at center for the Steelers in place of an injured Maurkice Pouncey.
•    In 2012, Velasco started all 16 games for the first time in his career.  He made 13 starts at center and three starts at left guard.
•    In 2010, Velasco saw action in all 16 games with three starts.  He made his first career NFL start at left guard at Dallas (10/10/10).
•    After spending a season and a half on the practice squad, Velasco made his first regular season appearance at San Francisco on Nov. 8, 2009.

TITANS TIDBITS:  
•    During the 2013 offseason, Velasco got engaged to Tieashia Odom while on a short vacation to the Cayman Islands.  He proposed to his girlfriend of four years after swimming with the dolphins at Dolphin Cove.
•    In 2010, Velasco started a foundation called Right C.H.O.I.C.E.S. which  is an acronym for Christ Humility Opportunity Integrity Character Education and Success.  The foundation sponsors a free camp for kids age 8-14 in his hometown every summer.  More than 200 kids attend the camp each year.
•    Velasco enjoys bowling, golfing, watching movies and playing basketball in his spare time.

CAREER TRANSACTIONS:  
•    The Wrens, Ga., native was originally signed by the Titans as a rookie free agent on May 2, 2008.
•    Waived on Aug. 30, 2008 and signed to the practice squad on Aug. 31, 2008.
•    Re-signed as a free agent by the Titans on Jan. 12, 2009.
•    Waived on Sept. 5, 2009 and signed to the practice squad on Sept. 6, 2009.
•    Signed from the practice squad to the 53-man roster on Nov. 7, 2009.
•    Waived on on Nov. 14, 2009 and signed to the practice squad on Nov. 17, 2009.
•    Signed from the practice squad to the 53-man roster on Dec. 30, 2009.
•    Released by the Titans on Aug. 31, 2013.
•    Signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers as a free agent on Sept. 9, 2013.
•    Signed by the Carolina Panthers as an unrestricted free agent on July 23, 2014.
•    Signed by the Titans as a free agent on June 9, 2015.

COLLEGE:
•    Played 50 games with 26 starts at Georgia.
•    As a senior (2007), started all 13 games at center and received All-SEC second-team honors.
•    As a junior (2006), started all 13 games at strong-side offensive guard.
•    Played 12 games in both freshman (2004) and sophomore (2005) seasons.
•    Received degree in health and physical education from Georgia.

PERSONAL:  
•    Married to Tieashia and the couple splits time between Nashville and Wrens, Ga.
•    Was four-year letterman as defensive tackle and offensive tackle at Jefferson County High School in Wrens, Ga.  Selected to Georgia All-State team as senior.
•    Also played basketball two years in high school.
•    List of favorites: (movie) “Life”; (TV show) “Family Matters”; (actor) Denzel Washington; (food) fried chicken; (vacation spot) Miami; (school subject) math; (car) Cadillac Escalade; (video game) Madden NFL; and (author) Joel Osteen.
•    Born Fernando Antonio Velasco on Feb. 22, 1985 in Harris, N.Y.
 
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YearTeamGGS
TOTAL 73 37
2014 CAR 13 7
2013 PIT 11 11
2012 TEN 16 16
2011 TEN 16 0
2010 TEN 16 3
2009 TEN 1 0

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