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NASHVILLE — Mike Vrabel had a good excuse for being a few minutes late to his press conference after Titans practice Monday at Saint Thomas Sports Park.

After running around with his team in 90-degree heat, the Titans coach dedicated some time to sitting down in his office with James Shaw Jr., the local hero who wrestled a gun away from a shooter at an Antioch, Tenn., Waffle House on April 22.

Vrabel said Shaw will speak to the team at a meeting later Monday.

“We kind of thought that we would love to meet him and recognize him,” Vrabel said. “I think that things were so sensitive when it just happened and we were kind of in our OTA session. As I had a chance to reflect on it over the summer, we got in contact with him and just wanted to invite him out to camp and have an opportunity to come and visit with our team so our team could meet him and he could meet our players.”

The Waffle House shooting left four dead and injured numerous others. 

Shaw, who rushed the gunman and grabbed the hot barrel of an AR-15 to disarm the shooter, was credited with saving numerous lives.

“You get to talk to him and you just really see how calm and controlled he was in the situation,” Vrabel said. “I think our players will enjoy hearing him speak today.”

Reach Erik Bacharach at and on Twitter @ErikBacharach. 

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