INDIANAPOLIS — A familiar face to Tennessee Titans fans wandered through the media room here at the NFL Combine on Thursday.
Former Titans defensive tackle John Thornton, a second-round pick in 1999, who played in Tennessee through 2002 before signing with the Cincinnati Bengals as a free agent the following year.
Thornton retired before the 2009 season is here working and doing talk radio for WLW in Cincinnati.
“I do some stuff during the season and do some stuff in the off-season too. We host a show called Bengals Roundtable,” Thornton said. “They wanted me to come up and get the word on the street from up here.”
Thornton said he has been enjoying his retirement and has his hands in a number of different areas. One passion he has had is in player evaluation, which is a big part of what the Combine is all about.
“It’s been cool. It’s been a great fun year out of football. I like doing the talk radio stuff,” Thornton said. “I’ve got a sports management company that I work at sort of doing some stuff off the field and I’ve seen it from both sides. I would like to do some stuff with the teams, maybe more in the front office, not scouting put player evaluation. I still watch a lot of college film on these guys coming out and what they do well and things of that nature.”
Thornton said he doesn’t get to keep up much with the people in Tennessee because so many faces have changed. He said he still maintains contact with linebacker Keith Bulluck, and was planning to meet his former defensive line coach Jim Washburn for dinner while here in Indianapolis.