No. 5 former Jaguars player who will be missed – Myles Jack, LB.
The 2017 Jaguars had one of the best defenses in the NFL in recent years. That season, they were loaded with talent at all levels. Cornerback Jalen Ramsey was still a fan favorite. Defensive ends Calais Campbell and Yannick Ngakoue were key cogs in their defensive line. Even edge rusher Dante Fowler, who hadn’t lived up to expectations, had a fruitful season.
Looking back, the Jags had no shortage of playmakers but if there was one player that embodied them that season, most people would choose linebacker Myles Jack, who was part of one of the most infamous moments in franchise history. Back in the 2017 AFC Championship, Jacksonville had a ten-point lead over the New England Patriots and had them against the ropes in the fourth quarter.
Jack forced and recovered a fumble. He had a clear path to return the ball for a touchdown but the whistle was blown. Had he not been ruled down, he would have likely scored and propelled Jacksonville to Super Bowl 52.
The Jaguars haven’t experienced the kind of success they had in 2017 and have won a combined 15 games over the last four seasons. Jack wasn’t the reason Jacksonville has struggled though and although he had a down year in 2021, he’s still got plenty of gas left. He was released in the dawn of free agency and signed a two-year deal with the Pittsburgh Steelers, where he will have the chance to play for one of the most successful NFL head coaches of the last decade, Mike Tomlin.
Go anywhere where there are Jaguars fans, scream ‘Myles Jack wasn’t down’ and you will receive a round of applause, maybe even a standing ovation. That’s how important the linebacker was in Jacksonville.