The Dolphins drafted Ryan Tanhill in 2012 with the eighth overall choice. The team spent seven injury-prone seasons in Miami before trading him to the Titans.
He is facing his former team for the first time on Sunday.
“I am grateful for my time in Miami,” Tannehill said Wednesday via Jim Voight of the team website. “That was a special time in my life. I grew there a lot as a person and a player. I became a father. I grew as a husband. I also grew on the field. Grateful for my time there. As far as people are concerned, there are not many players left (when I was there). There are some people who are still in the team, but there has been a lot of business.
“(I) am grateful for my time there and I have no ill will toward Miami.”
Titans can win AFC South with a win. The Dolphins, who have won seven in a row, could win a playoff berth.
So Tannehill has a chance to sabotage Miami’s post-season hopes.
“(My time in Miami) was a long time ago, centuries ago,” Tannehill said. “We’ve done some cool stuff here and hopefully we’re excited to build on that once the season is over.
“(We) are focusing on ourselves and what’s in front of us. It’s a big game for us. Obviously they’re coming in hot. They’re playing pretty good football on either side of the ball. It’s a good challenge for us. We have a big opportunity for us here this week and look forward to that opportunity here at home.”
Tanhill needed only 173 passing yards to become the only quarterback other than Warren Moon (1989–91) to record multiple seasons with at least 3,500 passing yards with the franchise. Tannehill has 3,237 passing yards in 2021 with 15 touchdowns.