David Quessenberry Hits Career Peak With First NFL Start

He found out while watching film at some point last week. The first family member he broke the news to was his wife because she, he said, has been around for all of his “hard days.”

Presumably not long after the Tennessee Titans placed offensive tackle Ty Sambrailo on injured reserve, David Quessenberry knew that he would have a chance to do something he hadn’t done at any point of his NFL career: start a game.

Even after he helped the Titans dominate the Colts 45-26, it was hard for the veteran offensive lineman to aptly describe the experience.

“It’s hard to put into words. It really is. It’s very special for me. It’s something I have been working for for a long time,” he said. “It’s been a huge mountain to climb … a lot of peaks and valleys along the way. Just going out there and being able to help my team win and play football with these guys is really cool.”

Quessenberry helped the Titans rush for 229 yards and four touchdowns in the victory on Sunday. Derrick Henry accounted for 178 yards and three touchdowns. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill was sacked once and had plenty of time to throw all day in his 221-yard, one-touchdown effort.

All of this comes one week after Quessenberry played 18 offensive snaps in replacement of Sambrailo in an overtime victory against the Baltimore Ravens. Quessenberry has now appeared in seven games this season.

“You know, when you’re not a starter, you might be on practice squad, wherever you may be in this league – it’s a crazy league,” he said. “I just held onto the belief that given the opportunity, I could step in and execute my job, do my assignment and, you know, help this team win and that opportunity came today. I am just proud to be able to go out there and do my job.”

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