Considering the 2-10 record, it wasn’t a bad Sunday to be a Jaguars fan.
A couple of Jag greats participated in the festivities with the Bold City Brigade, at the corner of Duval and Bryan Street this Sunday. The Jaguars themselves overcame the biggest deficient in franchise history in a 25-24 win over former coach, Tom Coughlin, and the New York Giants.
Jimmy Smith also made his return to the stadium, his first appearance in years after battling personal and legal problems. Jacksonville’s all-time receiving leader in catches, yards and touchdowns, seems to be a lock to have his number retired eventually. Smith and Fred Taylor also made an appearance at Bold City Brigade’s tailgate lot and were the runners in the famous shotgun circle.
Smith was being honored along with other Jags alumni because it was the 21 anniversary of the team being named to Jacksonville. His presence was the most important, due to his long absence.
“It’s a very special feeling to be back here,” Smith said in an interview with Bryan Sexton on Jaguars.com. “I really miss this Jaguars spirit.”
As for the game, Jacksonville started in a 21-0 hole before a late field goal made it an 18-point, half-time deficient. The defense responded with two scores, another franchise best, and Blake Bortles led his first game-winning drive that set up a 43-yard field goal for the win.
The return of Jimmy Smith, the largest comeback in franchise history and free subs helped fans forget about most of the season, for one day at least.