This afternoon, NFL Network reporter Tom Pelissero announced via Twitter that the Tennessee Titans have signed World silver medalist Adam Coon. He is expected to vye for a spot on the Titans offensive line.
The #Titans agreed to terms with wrestler Adam Coon, who missed out on qualifying for the Summer Olympics in Tokyo ... and now will try playing football for the first time since he graduated high school in 2013. He's expected to play offensive line.â€" Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) June 4, 2021
Coon has not played football since his senior year of high school in 2013. At the time, he was recruited by a handful of Big Ten programs (Michigan State, Northwestern, Wisconsin) on the gridiron, in addition to the attention he received for his wrestling prowess. Coon played on the offensive line in high school and was an All-State linebacker for Michigan's Fowlerville High School.
Despite the attention for football, Coon chose to wrestle in the Big Ten for the Michigan Wolverines. He was a three-time All-American (2nd, 3rd, 2nd). Coon was also a Big Ten runner-up in both his junior and senior seasons. Both NCAA finals losses came to multiple time champions (Nick Gwiazdowski and Kyle Snyder). Coon holds the distinction of handing Snyder his last collegiate loss, which occurred in a dual meet during the 2017-18 season.
After college, Coon has had a decorated career primarily in Greco-Roman. Right after his time at Michigan was up, he made the 2018 World finals. That same year, Coon advanced to Final X in freestyle, as well. In 2019, he made the Greco world team but did not come home with a medal. This year he cruised through the Olympic Trials at 130 kg with little trouble. Unfortunately, since the weight was not qualified for the Olympics, he needed to go to the Last Chance Qualifier in Sofia, Bulgaria. At that event, Coon logged a win, but was eliminated before the finals.