In honor of the recent retirement of Maurice Jones-Drew, here's a list of nine all time favorite figures associated with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
1. Fred Taylor
University of Florida’s Fred Taylor was drafted ninth overall in the 1998 NFL Draft. The Jags drafted Taylor as the first of their two picks that they had acquired in a trade with the Buffalo Bills. In his first year with the Jags, Taylor started 12 out of 15 games, rushing for 1,233 yards and scoring 14 touchdowns.
Taylor’s suffered a hamstring injury in his second year with the Jags, which caused him to mix six games. In the 10 games he did play, however, rushed over 700 yards, ranking second on the team. In this same season, Taylor would record the longest run in playoff history with his 90-yard touchdown run against Miami.
Taylor’s success continued in the first year of the new millennium, as he ranked sixth overall in the NFL, rushing 1,399 yards and scoring 12 touchdowns. However, in 2001, Taylor would fall on hard times. He suffered a groin injury that took him out for the season, and then he had to deal with legal issues as his agent faced fraud and laundering charges.
2002 was Taylor’s rebound year as he would face no injuries, play all 16 games, and would become rush over 1,315 yards - the third most in the team’s history. In 2005, Taylor, alongside Maurice Jones-Drew, would run for a combined 2,087 yards—the most by two rushers in Jags history. In 2007, Taylor would surpass rushing 10,000 yards in his career.
Taylor’s final season with the Jags would come in 2008. In 2009, Taylor was released after 11 seasons with the Jags. He would sign a two-year contract with the New England Patriots in 2009.
2. Mark Brunell
The Jags snagged Mark Brunell after two years with the Packers in 1995.
Brunell’s first year with the Jags was an extremely successful one - he would play 13 games, complete over 200 passes, throw for over 2,000 yards, and rush for almost 500. Brunell’s success as a Jag would continue over the next few years. Between 1995 and 200, Brunell would be selected to go to the Pro Bowl three times, and would be named the Pro Bowl MVP in 1997. Brunell would help the Jags gain their first AFC Central Division title, making the Jags the first NFL expansion team to make the playoffs three times in their first four seasons. Brunell led the Jags to the 1996 AFC Championship Game, too, but they unfortunately would not win.
Brunell would be benched in favor of Byron Leftwich in the third game of 2003. His would be the last time Brunell took the field as a significant member of the Jags.