JACKSONVILLE – The NFL recently released the 2013 Official NFL Record and Fact Book in advance of the league’s 94th season. The 688-page book features information about all 32 teams, the 2012 season in review, historical records and numbers and rules of the game.
Here’s a look at some of the entries where Jacksonville and the Jaguars are mentioned in this year’s edition:
- The Jaguars are one of only five NFL teams without any officially retired jersey numbers (Baltimore, Houston, Jacksonville, Oakland, Dallas). Several teams, including the Jaguars, do not retire numbers, but they consider some out of regular circulation. For example, no one has worn the number 71 since Tony Boselli or 28 since Fred Taylor, but they are officially available if circumstances warrant.
- The July 29, 1995 Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio between the Carolina Panthers and Jacksonville Jaguars is the second-highest attended Hall of Fame Game in history with 24,625 fans. Only the 1999 game between the Cleveland Browns and Dallas Cowboys drew more with 25,156, a game that featured the return of the Cleveland Browns franchise.
- The City of Jacksonville hosted the 1968 and 1969 American Football League Pro Bowls at the Gator Bowl:
- In 1968, the AFL East defeated the AFL West 25-24. New York Jets Joe Namath and Don Maynard were named outstanding offensive players while San Diego’s Leslie (Speedy) Duncan was named outstanding defensive player. A total of 40,103 attended the game on January 21, 1968.
- In 1969, the AFL West defeated the AFL East 38-25. Kansas City’s Len Dawson was named outstanding offensive player while Houston’s George Webster was named outstanding defensive player. A total of 41,058 attended the game on January 19, 1969.
- The attendances were the No. 1 (1969) and No. 2 (1968) highest-attended AFL Pro Bowls in league history.
- According to the NFL scheduling formula, the Jaguars’ 2014 schedule will include games against the AFC North and NFC East. Home games will include dates against the Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants. Road games will include trips to the Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins. The Jaguars will have an additional intraconference home game determined by position in the 2013 standings against an AFC East opponent and a road game against an AFC West opponent to be determined in the same manner.
Jaguars ranked among active players
- Leo defensive end
Jason Babinranks 22nd among active NFL quarterback sackers with 55.0 sacks in nine NFL seasons.
Marcus Trufantis tied for 21st on the active interceptors list with 21 career interceptions in ten seasons with the Seattle Seahawks. Trufant enters his first year with the Jaguars.
- Jaguars kicker
Josh Scobee, entering his 10th NFL season, ranks 18th among active scorers in the NFL with 848 career points. Indianapolis Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri, entering his 18th NFL season, leads the list with 1,867 total points.
Bryan Angerleads the league in active punters with 50 or more punts with a 47.84-yard average. His 2012 mark is also the best for a single season in league history and he posted the highest net average (40.85) of any rookie punter in league history. To qualify for career average records, a punter must have 250 or more punts.
- Running back
Maurice Jones-Drewis among the leaders in a number of different active statistical departments including:
- Seventh in active scorers (touchdowns) with 76 career touchdowns: 63 rush, 11 receiving, 2 returns
- Sixth in active rushers with 7,268 career rushing yards
- 13th in active scrimmage yards with 9,827 yards: 7,268 rush, 2,559 receiving
- Tied for 11th in active kickoff return average (40 or more returns): 79 returns for 2,054 yards for a 26.0-yard average
- Jones-Drew is also fifth in the league over the last four seasons in both rushes (1,040) and rushing yards (4,735)
The NFL and Jaguars 2012 in review
- During the 2012 season, NFL referees logged 435 reviews, the most since replay was re-established in 1999. Only 157 of those reviews were by coaches’ challenges, the lowest total since 1999 (133). In 2012, 170 rulings were reversed after replay, the second-most since 1999 (172 in 2011).
- The Jaguars scored 100 points during the 2012 preseason, the fourth-most points in the AFC. The team allowed 117 points in the preseason, the second-most in the AFC.
- Wide receiver
Justin Blackmonand punter Bryan Anger were named to the 2012 Pro Football Weekly/Professional Football Writers of America All-Rookie Team.
- Wide receiver
Cecil Shorts IIIlogged four 100-yard receiving games in 2012, tied for the fifth-highest total in the league (Calvin Johnson, DET – 11)
- The Jaguars’ 43-37 overtime loss at Houston on November 18 featured two of the top three receiving performances in the NFL in 2012:
- Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson made 14 receptions for a league-best 273 yards and scored the game-winning touchdown in overtime.
- Jaguars wide receiver Justin Blackmon made seven receptions for 236 yards, third-best in the league, with a touchdown.
Jaguars in the all-time record books
- The Jaguars are tied for 17th in the NFL, and eighth in the AFC, for overall record since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger with a 140-148 (.486) overall mark. The team is 14th in the NFL, seventh in the AFC, in home record in that time with a 84-60 (.583) mark. The Jaguars are 22nd in the NFL, 11th in the AFC, in road record with a 56-88 (.389) all-time mark.
- The Jaguars have the third-best record in the NFL in Kickoff Weekend games, posting an 11-7 (.611) record in 18 seasons. The Kansas City Chiefs, the Jaguars’ Week 1 opponent, rank 18th in the NFL on opening weekend with a 27-26 (.509) mark, including three seasons as the Dallas Texans (1960-62).
- Former running back Fred Taylor is 15th in NFL history in rushing yardage with 11,695 yards in his 13-year NFL career.
- Former Jaguars running back Fred Taylor is tied for third in league history for most touchdowns in a single season by a rookie with 17 in 1998 (14 rushing, 3 receiving). His total of 14 rushing touchdowns is tied for third-most by a rookie in league history. Only Gale Sayers of the Chicago Bears (22 in 1965) and Eric Dickerson of the Los Angeles Rams (20 in 1983) scored more total touchdowns as a rookie in league history.
- Former Jaguars wide receiver Jimmy Smith is tied for third in league history with nine seasons of 1,000 or more receiving yards. Smith is also tied for the third-most games in a single season with 100 yards receiving with nine in 1999.
- Smith is also tied for 15th in career receptions with 862.
- Smith is 17th in NFL history in career receiving yards with 12,287.
- Former wide receiver Keenan McCardell is 14th in NFL history in career receptions with 883.
- Former wide receiver Desmond Howard ranks seventh in NFL history in career punt return average at 11.7 yards. Howard returned 24 punts for 246 yards, an average of 10.3 yards, in 1995, his only season with Jacksonville.
- Former Jaguars punter Bryan Barker, who also played for Kansas City, Philadelphia, Washington, Green Bay and St. Louis, has the second-best streak of punts without a punt blocked in league history at 878. Chris Gardocki punted 1,177 consecutive times without a block for the league record. Barker also is tied for the league record for most punts inside the 20 in a single game, when he backed up the Baltimore Ravens inside the 20 eight times on November 14, 1999.
- The Jaguars’ 62-7 win over the Miami Dolphins on January 15, 2000 remains one of only two all-time postseason games in which a team has scored 60 or more points. In the other, the Chicago Bears defeated the Washington Redskins in the 1940 NFL Championship game by a score of 73-0.
- Former Jaguars running back James Stewart scored five touchdowns in a game against the Philadelphia Eagles on October 12, 1997, still tied for the second-most touchdowns in a game in league history.
- Three Jaguars connections are among those tied for third on the all-time two-point conversion list with five scores:
- Former Jaguars wide receivers Willie Jackson and Keenan McCardell scored five two-point conversions in their NFL careers. Jackson spent time with Jacksonville, Cincinnati, New Orleans and Washington. McCardell played with Cleveland, Jacksonville, Tampa Bay, San Diego and Washington in his career.
- Current Jaguars Director of Player Development Marcus Pollard also scored five two-point conversions in his career with Indianapolis, Detroit, Seattle and Atlanta.
- Marshall Faulk holds the all-time NFL record with seven two-point conversions.
- Kicker Josh Scobee is tied for the league record for most 50-yard field goals in a single game with three in the October 24, 2011 game against the Baltimore Ravens at EverBank Field. Seven other kickers in league history have made three from 50 yards or more in one game. All eight instances in league history have happened since 1995.