JACKSONVILLE – The Jaguars were out in the community Tuesday, including a school visit and at a golf tournament to help fund a local charity.
McClendon stresses education at Englewood High School
Jaguars offensive lineman Jacques McClendon visited Englewood High School athletes Tuesday morning, stressing the importance of an education.
"They asked about time management, and at 16, 17 years old, your day is planned out for you, but it really is prevalent," McClendon said. "I wish that I would have learned more time management skills at a younger age. It was definitely an adjustment period in college and again in the pros."
McClendon said that less than one in 100 students make it to a professional sports level, and stressed the importance of education as a back-up if the athletic career does not pan out.
McClendon earned his bachelor's degree in three years and later earned a master's degree at the University of Tennessee.
"We were students in those seats one day and had questions and we wanted answers also," McClendon said. "Now that you've made it to this type of level and you've seen what it takes, you've seen success, you've seen failure, you've seen it all. The best thing you can do is pay it forward."
Scobee leads Meals on Wheels charity golf tournament
Jaguars kicker Josh Scobee headlined the Meals on Wheels golf tournament at Hidden Hills Country Club Tuesday afternoon.
Aging True Community Senior Services Meals on Wheels program delivered nearly 300,000 meals and personal safety checks to seniors in the Jacksonville area.
For Scobee, the program has a personal connection to his youth.
"When I was 12 my dad passed away from colon cancer, and leading up to that when he was going through treatment and even after he passed away we had an elderly woman who probably was 75 years old who would come by our house once a week after she had gone to the grocery store to deliver groceries to us," Scobee said. "My family struggled back then because all the money we had went to treatment for him trying to get him well."
In addition, Scobee is an avid golfer who plays on a weekly basis during the season, and four or more times per week in the offseason.
Other Jaguars players and staff helped the cause by playing in the tournament and entertaining guests including quarterbacks Blake Bortles and Chad Henne, punter Bryan Anger, long snapper Carson Tinker, offensive lineman Sam Young, fullback Eric Kettani, linebacker Geno Hayes, defensive lineman Sen'Derrick Marks and Jaguars director of player development Marcus Pollard.
The tournament raised $80,000 for Aging True Meals on Wheels.
"Whenever I was approached to be involved with this, and I found out what all Aging True Meals on Wheels does, it just made sense," Scobee said. "It's just my way to give back and to pay it forward and hopefully I'm involved with it for a long time."