Jacksonville Jaguars: 30 greatest players in franchise history
- 1x Pro Bowl (2013)
- Franchise leader in tackles (586), assists (229)
- Most interceptions by a linebacker in franchise history (11)
- Led team in tackles twice (2013, 2015)
Linebacker Paul Posluszny just hung up the spikes after seven seasons with the club. While he only made one career trip to the Pro Bowl in 2013, Posluszny left a long-lasting impact on this Jaguars defense, none more than on his protegé Telvin Smith.
Posluszny first came to North Florida in his free agency in 2011. He had spent his first five NFL seasons with the team that drafted him out of Penn State in the Buffalo Bills. Posluszny inked a big, six-year deal worth $45 million. He would play out the first four years of that contract before a restructure in 2015, which had him with the Jaguars up until last season.
Right away, Poslusnzy would make an impact in the Jaguars linebacking corps alongside the veteran Daryl Smith. Posluszny would be a standout in Mel Tucker’s defense, leading the team in tackles twice in 2013 and in 2015.
While he could rush the quarterback a bit (13.0 sacks), Posluszny was a sneaky-good ballhawk in the middle of the Jacksonville defense. He holds the franchise record for most career interceptions by a linebacker at 11.
More importantly, Posluszny played with a level of mental toughness at linebacker that his teammates naturally gravitated towards. He did not make the AFC playoffs until what was his final NFL season in 2017 down in Jacksonville.
Though the winning didn’t come until after he left his prime, Posluszny stands a great chance at being a Pride of the Jaguars honoree one day here very soon. He is the franchise leader in career tackles (586) and assists (229). Posluszny embodied everything you would hope for in a linebacker with blue-collar, boulder-sized chip on his shoulder.