Ran Carthon was introduced as the general manager of the Tennessee Titans on Friday, a life goal that has been at least 20 years in the making.

Carthon was a running back at the University of Florida in the spring of 2003 when he told his girlfriend (now his wife) that he eventually wanted to be a general manager of an NFL team.

Well, those dreams were a bit over the top for her, Carthon says.

In fact, their career goals alone almost cost the couple their entire relationship.

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New Tennessee Titans NFL football team general manager Ran Carthon speaks during a news conference Friday, Jan. 20, 2023, in Nashville, Tennessee.
(AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)

«He told me later that he almost stopped dating me because he never met anyone who lived in La La Land,» Carthon recalled to reporters.

«But darling, today that dream is coming true and we’re realizing what a world we’ve gotten ourselves into.»

Ran Carthon, the new general manager of the Tennessee Titans NFL football team, smiles with his wife Heaven as they listen to head coach Mike Vrabel speak during a news conference Friday, Jan. 20, 2023, in Nashville, Tennessee.

Ran Carthon, the new general manager of the Tennessee Titans NFL football team, smiles with his wife Heaven as they listen to head coach Mike Vrabel speak during a news conference Friday, Jan. 20, 2023, in Nashville, Tennessee.
(AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)

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Carthon went undrafted out of Florida and played in nine NFL games with the Indianapolis Colts, but his career in the front office has been very successful.

Just two years after hanging up his cleats, he joined the Atlanta Falcons as a professional scout. He then went to the St. Louis Rams to be their director of player personnel for five years. He joined the San Francisco 49ers in 2017 and most recently served as their director of player personnel.

The Titans were in the playoff hunt for much of the season in 2022. In fact, they started 7-3 and were on their way to their fourth straight playoff appearance.

New Tennessee Titans NFL football team general manager Ran Carthon, left, poses with owner Amy Adams Strunk and head coach Mike Vrabel after a news conference Friday, Jan. 2023 in Nashville, Tennessee.

New Tennessee Titans NFL football team general manager Ran Carthon, left, poses with owner Amy Adams Strunk and head coach Mike Vrabel after a news conference Friday, Jan. 2023 in Nashville, Tennessee.
(AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)

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However, they lost seven straight games to end the season and were eliminated in Week 18 when the Jacksonville Jaguars beat them to the AFC South.

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