Lori and Jack Morris never wavered in their support of the Jaguars. Never. The Jacksonville couple spends Sundays in the fall at EverBank Field, and has since 1995, which is why they pulled the trigger on 2015, which will be their 21st season with the Jaguars. This time they got more than they bargained for when a trip to see their team play the Houston Texans was included in the deal.
"When I renewed our tickets online, for some reason it didn't give me a confirmation to print, so I wasn't even sure it went through," explained Lori. "So I was going to call on Monday to check on it and before I left my house for work I received a call from our Member Relation Specialist, Abs Grant, telling me we won this trip….it was more in disbelief than anything. Jack and I were both excited we didn't have business travel plans that would interfere with making this trip."
The Morrises jetted to Houston on a cold and rainy weekend but their spirits were high thanks to the unexpected Christmas present and the chance to explore the southeast corner of Texas.
"When you go to Texas, ya gotta have a steak! Right? So we had dinner at 'A Taste of Texas.' A very nice, very busy (two-hour wait) Texas steak house," offered Lori. "The wait gave us time to visit with some locals while having a drink. We extended our stay an extra day so we could explore a little of Houston. We decided to go to the Johnson Space Center, which we both really enjoyed."
The Morrises obviously enjoyed their visit to NRG Stadium, though they both wished the outcome would have been more favorable to their team. They found Texas hospitality to be very similar to what they expect of Jacksonville hospitality.
"We met some very nice Texans fans," she said. "We sat by Maria and Fray, the parents of the Texans Pro Bowl cheerleader, they as well as the rest of the fans around us were all very tolerating of my Jag-attitude! Entertaining and nice!"
The Morris' trip is just one component of the Jaguars' continuing efforts to give their Season Ticket Members more opportunities to benefit from their relationship with the club. The deadline for Season Ticket Members to renew their seats is January 16 and there are more chances for others to get the call that Jack and Lori Morris did. Some of the experiences up for grabs are lunch with Jaguars President Mark Lamping, an afternoon in Jaguars owner Shad Khan's suite for a game next fall, the chance to lead the team through the Prowl and onto the field before a game and two Super Bowl tickets.
"I think the incentives are a nice touch and are an important part of marketing the team," Lori said. "They encourage more people to be season ticket owners. We are very blessed to have won this trip….and we feel more connected to our team."
The Morrises are looking forward to the fall and another season watching their Jaguars. They're hopeful another offseason of work in the weight room, on the practice field and in the draft room will produce a fun team to watch in 2015.
"We just look forward to the Jaguars continuing to improve and become a more cohesive team. We think Gus Bradley is an awesome coach. He has a great attitude and demeanor with the players and we believe he has the ability to build a Super Bowl team. Go Jaguars!"
Season Ticket Members can renew their season tickets by going to the personalized renewal website they received via email or by contacting the Jaguars ticket office at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling (904) 633-2000.