The Titans used their third-round pick in the 2011 NFL Draft on University of Southern California defensive tackle Jurrell Casey. In his first seven pro seasons, Casey became regarded as one of the top interior defensive linemen in the NFL, a force against both the run and pass. During that timespan, he played in all but two games and tied with Aaron Donald for fourth place among all defensive tackles with 39 total sacks, trailing only Geno Atkins, Gerald McCoy, and Ndamukong Suh. Casey finished the 2017 campaign in 10th place in franchise history with 39 career sacks. He was named to the Pro Bowl following the 2015, 2016 and 2017 campaigns, becoming the first Titans defensive player to make three consecutive Pro Bowls since Jevon Kearse from 1999–2001.
- In 2017, Casey was voted to his third consecutive Pro Bowl after setting a career high with 35 quarterback pressures.
- With six sacks in 2017, Casey became the first player for the team since Ray Childress (1986–1994) to register five or more consecutive seasons with at least five sacks. His six sacks ranked second on the squad, as he reached the mark for the third time in his career.
- In 2016, Casey was voted to his second consecutive Pro Bowl after setting a then-career high with 29 quarterback pressures and adding five sacks.
- In 2015, he was named to the Pro Bowl after tying for the team lead with seven sacks.
- In 2013, Casey was named Associated Press second-team All-Pro after putting together one of the best seasons by a defensive tackle in franchise history. His 10.5 sacks set a career high and made up the second-highest total by a franchise defensive tackle since sacks became an official statistic in 1982, finishing behind only Ray Childress’ 13 sacks in 1992. Only Jason Hatcher of the Dallas Cowboys (11) finished with more sacks than Casey among defensive tackles in 2013. Casey’s season totals also included a career-high 90 tackles and a career- and team-high 10 quarterback pressures.
- In 2012, he notched 80 tackles to lead the defensive line and added three sacks.
- As a rookie in 2011, Casey recorded 74 tackles, which led the team’s defensive linemen and tied for second on the defense with five tackles for loss.
- Casey totaled nine sacks and 22 tackles for loss during his three seasons at Southern California. In 2010, Casey’s junior year, he was named first-team All-Pac-10.
- A fixture in the community, Casey was voted the 2016 Tennessee Titans Walter Payton Man of the Year, which recognizes players for excellence on and off the field. Casey is a regular at Titans community events and also serves as the spokesperson for United Way of Metropolitan Nashville. Casey and his wife, Ryann, established The Casey Fund, a non-profit dedicated to raising money for established re-entry programs, inner-city youth programs, mentoring and halfway houses. Ryann is a lawyer working in the Nashville Public Defender’s Office. More information about The Casey Fund is available through their social media accounts:
@caseyfund99 on Facebook and @TheCaseyFund on Twitter and Instagram.
- The Caseys have hosted a Thanksgiving food giveaway for 200 underprivileged families in the Nashville area.
- Casey also hosts a free youth football skills camp for linemen in his hometown of Long Beach, Calif.
- In 2017, he and his wife served as the celebrity co-chairs for Rally on the Runway, a nonprofit that empowers volunteers across the country to raise awareness and funds for childhood cancer research.
- Casey has a strong partnership with Project Return Tennessee.
- He was selected to represent the Titans in London in July 2018 to publicize the team’s visit in October and to help coach in the youth flag football Summer Bowl.
- When he was younger, family members, friends, and teammates called him “Tut-Tut,” a nickname he earned from his aunt as a small child because she said he walked like a turtle.
- Casey has nine brothers and sisters.
- When he was in high school, his older brother, Jurray, was convicted of first-degree murder. Despite the turmoil it caused, Jurrell credits his brother for helping him re-focus on becoming a better football player and student.
- Casey calls his mother, Collette Burns, a cafeteria worker in the Long Beach Unified School District, “the inspiration in my life” for how hard she worked to provide for Jurrell and his siblings.
- Casey and teammate Wesley Woodyard coach a women’s flag football team that is comprised of wives and significant others of Titans players.