Jaguars tight end Kyle Brady turned in his helmet and shoulder pads recently and replaced it with a Halloween costume of Darth Vader and a light saber. This was all a part of his 3rd Annual Halloween Gridiron Masquerade. This premiere Halloween event helped raise funds for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida and the NFL Youth Education Town.
The evening included live and silent auctions featuring trips to the Super Bowl and Pro Bowl along with many great sports memorabilia items. A continuous buffet and open bar were also part of the evening along with live entertainment and dancing.
"This event is for such a great cause, I'm honored that I can be a part of it," said Brady. "The Boys & Girls Club of Northeast Florida and the NFL YET Center hope to take the money raised here tonight and build a new center in the Brentwood Park area of Jacksonville."
Many Jaguars players and cheerleaders turned out for the event to help support this cause. Some of the highlighted costumes of the evening were Jaguars offensive tackle Mike Pearson and his wife Melissa who showed up as Hall of Fame basketball player Bill Walton and a referee. Veteran safety Nick Sorensen sported the school nerd costume.
"One thing great about this event is that you get to go back in time for a night," added Brady. "It's like we are kids again putting on our Halloween costumes and going trick or treating."
Debbie Verges, president of the Boys & Girls Clubs, said, "People come to this event and dress and act like they don't normally do and that's what makes this event so much fun. It's fun to watch people go around the crowd and check out each other's costumes."
There were a wide range of costumes at the event. Some of them included at giant grim reaper, a mermaid, Santa Claus, Uncle Sam, a scarecrow and many more. A gentleman dressed as Captain Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean took home the award for Best Costume of the evening.