Tailor to the Titans Stitches Players into the End Zone - Eric Alvarez
Updated: Monday, October 14 2013, 06:19 PM CDT
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - In the NFL, the difference between a tackle and a touchdown can be the length of a fingertip.
In Nashville, the Titans players get all the glory, but a special thanks, should go to Linda Say, who spends the season tweaking Titans uniforms at Nicholson Cleaners in east Nashville
Every position is different.
[The linemen's] thighs are so big and so we actually cut them and add a piece and make them larger," Say said.
For the running backs, less is more.
"I will take in through the chest area so that no one can grab them, Say said.
But even in the same position there are differences. Running quarterback Jake Locker wears his sleeves tighter than pocket passer Ryan Fitzpatrick.
And even slight differences can have a big mental impact. Newcomer Bernard Pollard keeps his focus, believe it or not, by not having to pull up socks.
"We are actually sewing socks to the bottom of his pants, that's what he likes, that's what he's used to, he doesn't want them to move, slip or anything, Say said.
A full NFL season can bring a lot of unexpected changes like cuts, injuries and adding new players, making Says a seemingly endless job.
It is hard sometimes with the volume and the short turnaround and literally they will bring things to my home if I need to, Say said.
But Say says seeing her work on game day is worth every stitch.
[My favorite part is] just being a part of the team this way and feeling like part of the Titans and Nashville, Say said. I remember the first time I ever went to the game after having done the jerseys and it was overwhelming."
Say also works with the Nashville Predators and a handful of Music City performers, and still makes time for daily customers who don't live in the limelight.
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