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Former Jaguar Tony Boselli selected for enshrinement in the Pro Football Hall of Fame


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Former Jaguars All-Pro left tackle Tony Boselli, the franchise's first-ever draft selection in 1995, cemented his place in NFL history as the Jaguars' first-ever Pro Football Hall of Famer, the NFL announced on Thursday night as part of NFL Honors.

Boselli will officially be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame and receive his gold jacket in Canton with the rest of the 2022 Pro Football Hall of Fame class in August.

"Tony's well-deserved selection for enshrinement in the Pro Football Hall of Fame is long overdue and one of the greatest moments in the history of our franchise," Jaguars Owner Shad Khan said. "Tony embraced being a Jaguar from the moment he was drafted and from there fought for Jacksonville as one of the greatest offensive linemen to ever play the game.

"Tony has also represented the Jaguars with class since the day he arrived. Beyond his exceptional on-field performance, since retirement, he has been an integral member of the Jaguars family while calling Jacksonville home for more than 25 years. No one understands, defends, supports or loves the Jaguars and Duval like Tony Boselli. I think I speak for everyone when I say congratulations, Tony. Gold looks good on you."

Boselli was the second overall pick in the 1995 NFL Draft and the first-ever draft selection by the Jaguars. A five-time Pro Bowl selection (1996-2000) and three-time All-Pro (1997-99), he started 90 of 91 career games as well as six playoff games from 1995-2001. Boselli led the way for Jaguars all-time leading rusher RB Fred Taylor to post nearly 3,500 yards and 32 TDs in the four seasons during which he blocked for Taylor. In addition to clearing the way for Taylor, he protected Jaguars all-time leading passer QB Mark Brunell.

During his seven seasons in the NFL, Boselli allowed only 15.5 sacks, and was the first Jaguars player to be inducted into the team's Pride of the Jaguars. His dominance was again recognized when he was selected to the NFL's All-Decade team of the 1990s. Boselli was named No. 1 on the Jaguars All-25 in 2019, a collection of the top 25 non-active players in franchise history, as voted on by members of the local media.

Boselli attended Southern California from 1991 to 1994 and was named First-Team All-American in 1992 and 1994. He is the 14th Trojans player to make the Pro Football Hall of Fame, marking the most of any college. Boselli attended Fairview High School in Boulder, Colo.

In 2010, Boselli led the successful Team Teal grassroots effort to keep the Jaguars in Jacksonville, appealing to fans and businesses to purchase season tickets and sponsorships to show the NFL and the world the strength of Jacksonville and North Florida as an NFL market.

Since then, Boselli has been employed under contract by the Jaguars, serving as a game day radio analyst and frequent contributor to reporting in addition to representing the team as an NFL Legends ambassador and throughout the community. Boselli also serves as the lead analyst for Thursday Night Football on Westwood One and has worked as an NFL game analyst and sideline reporter for Westwood One for the past nine seasons.

He currently lives in Ponte Vedra, Fla., with his wife, Angi. The couple has five children: Andrew, Adam, Ashli, Alexis and Ansli. Along with Angi, he founded the Boselli Foundation during his rookie year in 1995, an organization helping at-risk youth cultivate high self-esteem and to succeed at home, at school and at play.

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