The Jacksonville Jaguars and the Pro Football Hall of Fame

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Why are there no members of the Jacksonville Jaguars in the Pro Football Hall of fame? When will this city see more of the Black and Teal represented for their careers with a bust in Canton, Ohio?

The NFL encourages fans to visit the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton Ohio.  It is reasonably easy to find despite being inside the city.  The field on which the first game of each NFL season is played is right next door. There are statistics, posters, busts of each Hall of Fame player, and the mandatory gift shop. However one thing is missing and that is a representative of the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The Jaguars do not have a single in the Hall of Fame and are unlikely to have a representative in the foreseeable future. The only other team with no player in the elite fraternity is the Houston Texans. They have several future shoe-ins.

Defensive end J.J. Watt and wide receiver Andre Johnson come to mind. This will leave the Jaguars as the only team on the outside looking in.

Tony Boselli, the team’s first ever draft pick in 1995, certainly deserves to be added to the hallowed hall and is a perpetual finalist. His career was shortened by injury but during his six healthy seasons he was the most dominant offensive tackle in the NFL. He was a 5-time Pro Bowler, a 3 time first team all pro, and was named to the All-Decade Team for the 1990s. These stats speak for themselves.

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Running back Fred Taylor also deserves at least a look. He gained 11,695 total yards, had a 4.6 yards per carry average, and scored 66 touchdowns.  His total yards are 17th  all time and the vast majority of players at this level have a bust in Canton.

It would be fantastic to add Jimmy Smith who is 23rd all time in receiving yards but his off-field issues may be the reason he has not gotten a look despite his excellent play.

It appears that our hopes for a member of the Hall of Fame rests with more current players. Jalen Ramsey comes to mind if he stays healthy and remains a Jaguar. Calais Campbell has an outside chance.

Tom Coughlin will certainly be a strong candidate.  If he is elected he can go in as a Jaguar or New York Giant.  A final possibility is a future draft choice.  We don’t know his name or position but let’s think that he will be drafted in 2019!

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So if you go to the Hall of Fame, be sure to enjoy the atmosphere and the many stories and stars represented. Just don’t look for a Jaguar because other than a very small area in the gift shop, our Jaguars just aren’t represented.