How Treylon Burks overcame a delayed flight, sold out rental cars to get to Titans OTAs

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Treylon Burks was determined to be at Titans’ headquarters Monday morning at 8 a.m. for the first day of phase three of OTAs.

But his travel plans fell apart.

Treylon Burks
 Treylon Burks and pilot Zach Davis

His American Airlines flight to Dallas from Northwest Arkansas National Airport in Bentonville, Ark. was delayed until after 9 a.m., which meant he would miss his connection to Nashville, and Walmart leased every rental car in the area until Thursday. 

He told his agent, J.R. Carroll: “I am not missing camp for any reason, whatever it takes to get me there.”

Carroll contacted five private pilots and no one was willing to fly him on a Sunday night. They considered Burks driving to Nashville in Carroll’s son’s car and figuring out a way to get it back later. 

Kuharsky megaphoneFinally, they found a plan: A pilot with a small Cessna was willing to fly Burks, and cheap too, for the cost of fuel and his time. They met him at 5 a.m. at a small airstrip and waited for the sun to come up.

“As soon as the sun broke the horizon they took off for Nashville in this plane whose prop was smaller than Treylon’s wingspan,” Carroll said. “Pilot said he slept the whole way and wasn’t the least bit nervous.”

Did Burks make it for the 8 a.m. start? I was told he was pretty damn close.

Tuesday at the second session of the week, which was open to the media, he looked the part of a lead receiver.

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