Jacksonville Jaguars: 15 best running backs of all-time
By John Buhler
Stacey Mack may have only had a five-year NFL career. However, his four best years at the professional level came with the Jaguars at the turn of the century. The former undrafted running back out of Temple first stuck with Jacksonville in 1999.
Though he appeared in 12 games during Jacksonville’s AFC Championship run during his rookie season, Mack never managed to start a ball game for the Jaguars that fall. He only had 40 rushing yards on seven attempts in his first year in the league.
Year two for Mack in Duval County wasn’t much to write home about either. However, he did make his first two career starts with the Jaguars this season. He managed 145 rushing yards and a touchdown on 54 carries. That being said, he only appeared in six games that fall for Jacksonville.
In 2001, Mack had easily his best season as a professional. That fall saw Mack rush for 877 yards and nine touchdowns on 213 carries, hauling in 23 grabs for 165 yards and an additional touchdown. He played in all 16 games for Jacksonville that season, making 11 starts.
2002 saw Mack go back into being a reserve tailback. However, he was used very efficiently as a goal-line back. Mack may have only had 98 carries for 436 yards, but found pay dirt nine more times on the ground. He essentially scored a touchdown every nine times he was handed off the football by quarterback Mark Brunell.
After 2002, Mack would go on to spend his final NFL season with the expansion Houston Texans in 2003. He played in eight games and started five for the AFC South rival Texans that fall. Mack rushed for 253 yards and four touchdowns on only 93 carries.
Overall, Mack finished his four-year stint with the Jaguars with 1,498 rushing yards on 372 attempts for 19 touchdowns in 50 career games with Jacksonville. Though other running backs had higher workloads that Mack down in Jacksonville, his ability to find the end zone on the ground in limited action has him cracking the top-five for now.