Jacksonville Jaguars: 30 greatest players in franchise history

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Brad Meester, Jacksonville Jaguars
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52. . C/G. (2000-13). Brad Meester. 7. player

  • Franchise record holder for games played and started (209)
  • Most consecutive starts in franchise history (92)
  • Most seasons played in Jaguars history (14)
  • PFWA All-Rookie Team (2000)

Though never a Pro Bowler, there is absolutely no doubt how important center Brad Meester was to the Jaguars. He played his entire 14-year NFL career for Jacksonville from 2000 to 2013. This allowed Meester to become the franchise record-holder in multiple categories.

Meester holds the team record for most career starts and played at 209. He started his first 92 games of his career, which stands as another franchise record. That consecutive starts streak came to an end in early December 2005 when he suffered a torn biceps tendon. This kept Meester out of the final four games of that campaign.

Besides being a staple on the Jaguars offensive line for 14 years, Meester was paramount in several excellent rushing offenses in Jaguars history. His Jaguars career completely envelopes guard Vince Manuwai’s.

During their time together on the Jaguars offensive line, Jacksonville had six top-10 rushing attacks and three top-five ground games. It helped having Fred Taylor in his prime to say the least.

But it wasn’t just Taylor that had great success playing behind this underrated Jaguars offensive line headlined by Meester. Running back Maurice Jones-Drew would have his best three seasons in the latter part of Meester’s career. While he did get the tail-end of Mark Brunell’s prime, the quarterback perhaps best associated with Meester’s time in Jacksonville was David Garrard.

Like Meester, Garrard had spent his entire professional career with Jacksonville. Snapping him the ball during Garrard’s peak 4.5 years was none other than Meester. Overall, Meester deserves a spot on the Pride of the Jaguars. He was the rock on the Jacksonville offensive line after Tony Boselli’s career came to an end in 2001.