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15th Anniversay notes


Since the start of our inaugural season in 1995, the Jaguars rank 9th among all NFL teams with a 117-102 regular season record (as of 11/24/08). The best teams during this time are:
New England 142- 77
Green Bay 139- 79
Denver 136- 83
Pittsburgh 135- 83-1
Indianapolis 133- 86
Tennessee 124- 95
Philadelphia 122- 95-2
Minnesota 119-100
Jacksonville 117-102

##### The Jaguars are the 6th-wnningest team in the AFC since our beginning, trailing only New England, Denver, Pittsburgh, Indianapolis and Tennessee.

The Jaguars have had 6 playoff berths in their history. Only 4 AFC teams have been in the playoffs more times in that period:
Indianapolis 10
New England 9
Pittsburgh 8
Denver 7
Jacksonville 6
Miami 6

##### In our first 13 seasons there have been 16 Jaguars players selected to play in the Pro Bowl:

P Bryan Barker 1 time
OT Tony Boselli 5 times
DE Tony Brackens 1 time
QB Mark Brunell 3 times
P Chris Hanson 1 time
LB Kevin Hardy 1 time
DT John Henderson 2 times
PK Mike Hollis 1 time
S Carnell Lake 1 time
CB Rashean Mathis 1 time
WR Keenan McCardell 1 time 
OT Leon Searcy 1 time
WR Jimmy Smith 5 times
DT Marcus Stroud 3 times
RB Fred Taylor 1 time
DT Gary Walker 1 time

Among other memorable players who were not Pro Bowlers:
TE Kyle Brady  
SS Donovin Darius  
LB Kevin Hardy  
RB James Stewart  

##### Among the many accomplishments and contributions: * The Jaguars Foundation has awarded more than $11.9 million in grants to area youth-serving nonprofit organizations since 1995. * Through the Honor Rows® incentive program, the Foundation awards approximately 4,000 seats annually, totaling more than 34,500 youth in the team's 14 seasons, to deserving youth who set and achieve personal goals to earn their seat to a Jaguars home game. * 2009 will mark the Foundation's 15th anniversary of its Straight Talk™ initiative to prevent teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections among teens through a unique media partnership of all local network TV affiliates and the local independent station, along with newspaper, internet, billboard, radio stations and partner Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida. * The Foundation, in partnership with Diet Pepsi and the local public libraries distributes more than 20,000 Jaguars Official Playbooks® booklets to promote reading and the use of the libraries by children and families. This year's edition featured the team's owners, players, Head Coach and The ROAR cheerleaders highlighting books on physical activity and nutrition, as part of the NFL's What Moves U initiative to reduce child obesity. * The Foundation and the team have partnered with Wolfson Children's Hospital for the local implementation of the NFL's What Moves U initiative to reduce child obesity. Locally, the partnership is supporting physical activity/healthy nutrition pilot projects in eight Duval County Public Middle Schools and five nonprofit agencies, investing more than $450,000 over three years in grants and programs. * Jaguars players make nearly 500 community appearances every year, most of which are for non-profit or charity events. Members of The Roar, Jaxson DeVille and staff make many additional appearances as well. * The Jaguars Taste of the NFL Dinner has netted $682,767 for the local food bank over the past six years.

Among the memorable Jaguars games:
  • 30-27 Divisional playoff win in Denver on Jan. 4, 1997 * Scoring on six consecutive possessions, the Jaguars overcame a 12-0 deficit to take a 30-20 lead over the top-seeded 13-3 Broncos. RB Natrone Means rushed for 140 yards and QB Mark Brunell threw TD passes to WRs Keenan McCardell and Jimmy Smith. * 30-27 Wild Card playoff win in Buffalo on Dec. 28, 1996 * In Jim Kelly's final game and the Jaguars' first-ever playoff appearance, RB Natrone Means led the way with 175 rushing yards and a TD while PK Mike Hollis kicked three FGs. DE Clyde Simmons scored on a 20-yard interception return and added two sacks. * 19-17 win vs. Atlanta Falcons on Dec. 22, 1996 to get first playoff berth * The Jaguars got their fifth straight win and first playoff berth when Falcons PK Morten Andersen missed a 30-yard FG with four second remaining. The Jaguars led the entire way in a game that had no turnovers and just three penalties, but Atlanta was poised to win after driving to the Jaguars' 13-yard line on its final possession. * 17-16 win in The Astrodome in Houston on Oct. 1, 1995 for franchise's first regular season victory * The Jaguars claimed their first win after WR Desmond Howard scored on a 15-yard screen pass from QB Mark Brunell with 1:09 remaining to take a one-point lead. DE Jeff Lageman forced a fumble to set up with winning drive, while Oilers PK Al Del Greco missed a 52-yard FG try on the final play. * Inaugural game vs. Houston Oilers at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium on Sept. 3, 1995 * The NFL introduced itself to Jacksonville with 72,363 fans on hand for the Jaguars' inaugural game. After the National Anthem performed by Boyz II Men, the Oilers took an early 7-0 lead en route to a 10-3 season-opening loss for the Jaguars. * Hall of Fame game in Canton, Ohio vs. Carolina Panthers on July 29, 1995 * In a head-to-head debut with the other expansion team, the Jaguars lost to the Carolina Panthers 20-14 when a last-minute drive ended at the Panthers' two-yard line. * 31-29 Wild Card playoff win in Pittsburgh on Jan. 5, 2008 * QB David Garrard ran for 32 yards on fourth-and two with less than two minutes remaining to set up PK Josh Scobee's game-winning 25-yard FG, giving the Jaguars their first playoff win since the 1999 season. The Jaguars led by 18 at the start of the fourth quarter, but Pittsburgh rallied back to take a one-point lead. The Jaguars became the first visiting team to win twice in Pittsburgh in one season. * First-ever Monday night game, a 30-21 win vs. Pittsburgh on Sept. 22, 1997 in Jacksonville * A blocked FG returned for a TD by DB Chris Hudson on the game's final play sealed a Jaguars win in the team's first appearance on Monday Night Football. A stadium-record crowd of 72,016 saw Mark Brunell return from a preseason knee injury to throw for 306 yards. * 62-7 Divisional playoff win vs. Miami on Jan. 15, 2000 * In the final game for Dan Marino and Jimmy Johnson, the Jaguars rolled to a 62-7 home playoff win. RB Fred Taylor's 90-yard TD run highlighted the afternoon.
Among the memorable Jaguars moments:
  • Awarding of the Jaguars franchise on Nov. 30, 1993 as the 30th franchise in the NFL
  • Introduction of the Jaguars Foundation on Sept. 14, 1994
  • Four playoff appearances in the team's first five seasons
  • Playing in the AFC Championship game in only our second season in the league, and hosting the AFC Championship game in Jacksonville on Jan. 23, 2000
  • Fans waiting inside the stadium for the team to return from its playoff victory in Denver on Jan. 4, 1997
  • Hosting Super Bowl XXXIX on Feb. 6, 2005
  • Fred Taylor reaching 10,000 career rushing yards at Tennessee on Nov. 11, 2007
  • Seven of the team's first 13 seasons finished with a winning record
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