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Jags 20th: Prides of the Jaguars


One was the first draft selection in Jaguars history, another is the team's all-time rushing leader and the other is the all-time passing leader.

Tony Boselli, Fred Taylor and Mark Brunell helped define the early years of the Jaguars. Not only were they key figures in the most successful era in franchise history, they remain some of the most revered, respected players in the Jaguars' 20 seasons.

It is fitting they are the three players now in the Pride of the Jaguars. Wayne and Delores Weaver, the original owners of the franchise, were inducted in December 2011.

Boselli, a left tackle and the No. 2 overall selection in the 1995 NFL Draft, was the team's first draft selection. He more than fulfilled his potential, moving into the starting lineup immediately and making the Pro Bowl from 1996-2000 before a shoulder injury cut his time with the Jaguars – as well as his career – short. He retired following the 2002 season.

Taylor, the No. 9 overall selection in the 1998 NFL Draft, joined the team as a quiet rookie, and after starting his career behind James Stewart, emerged as the most-dynamic, most-productive running back in franchise history. He finished his Jaguars career with seven 1,000-yard rushing seasons and 76 touchdowns, and his 11,271 yards rushing in 11 seasons remains a franchise record.

Brunell, acquired in a traded with the Green Bay Packers in the offseason before the team's 1995 expansion season, initially split time with veteran Steve Beuerlein before winning the job permanently by season's end. He started at quarterback for the Jaguars until 2003, completing 2,184 passes for 25,698 yards and 144 touchdowns. He led the Jaguars to playoff appearances in 1996-1999 and AFC Championship Game appearances following the 1996 and 1999 seasons.

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