BOWLING GREEN, Ky.-Former Western Kentucky University swimmer and Olympic gold medalist Claire Donahue will be honored as the Tennessee Titans' "12th Titan" at Sunday's game against the Indianapolis Colts in Nashville.
As the 12th Titan, Donahue will serve as honorary captain of the team's 12th player-the fans. The Tennessee Titans introduced the "12th Titan" fan initiative in 2010 as a way to recognize the incredible fan base that supports the Titans at LP Field. The Lenoir City, Tenn., native will raise the 12th Titan flag in the south end zone plaza prior to kickoff.
The honorees have some Tennessee roots and could be a celebrity, civic leader, community hero, a fan or a former Titans player. Two of the 12th Titans this season have included former University of Tennessee women's basketball coach Pat Summitt as well as Titans' tight end Jared Cook's mother and breast cancer survivor Yulinda Cook.
Donahue became just the second WKU Olympic athlete to earn a medal at the Summer Olympics and the first to ever claim a gold medal, as she swam in the butterfly leg of the preliminary heats of the 4x100 medley relay in London to help guide Team USA to the finals. A four-year letterwinner with WKU swimming, Donahue currently holds five different records at WKU, including two individual records in the 100 and 200 butterfly.