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New Generation Of Jaguars Fans Emerge

Aug 16, 2013
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In recent years the Jacksonville Jaguars have struggled on the field, and struggled to sell tickets. That could be changing as the first generation of homegrown Jags fans comes of age.

Jacksonville surged with energy when the Jaguars began their first season in 1995, and not even the city's youngest residents could escape the excitement.

Many of the kids who were in town in 1995 still have the same passion for the team twenty years after Jacksonville was awarded an NFL franchise in 1993.  

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Changes are coming to EverBank Field - changes that will cost in the neighborhood of $63 million.

It was standing room only in the Jacksonville Jaguars’ locker room at EverBank Field Wednesday afternoon as Jaguars President Mark Lamping explained what’s in store for the stadium.

“These enhancements include major upgrades in our video capabilities, including two new end-zone scoreboards that will be the first of their kind in the world," he said. "That’s right—the biggest and best scoreboards in the world will be at EverBank Field here in Jacksonville Florida.”

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Junior Achievement of North Florida is commemorating its 50th anniversary this year. On Thursday it held its annual Hall of Fame luncheon where it honors volunteers and local business leaders for their support.

The biggest award of the day is named after Florida Rock Industries founder Thompson S. Baker and was given to Jaguars owner Shad Khan. The award recognizes individuals who have dedicated themselves to improve the community through their leadership, hands on involvement and philanthropic efforts.

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Jaguars supporter group, The Bold City Brigade, got national attention yesterday from sports media giants ESPN and CBS Sports with Evenifhesreleased.com, a website advocating a Tim Tebow-free roster. 

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Today the New York Daily News published the latest news on the Tebow to Jags story... and the story has changed very little.

At Tuesday's NFL Career Development Symposium, Jaguars owner Shahid Khan said that he is still not interested in signing Tebow, despite calls from some fans to do so.

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The Jacksonville Jaguars Foundation announced the distribution of 120,000 books to 40,000 children in Northeast Florida and South Georgia.

The donation is the result of a collaboration with First Book, a national organization that provides new books for children from infants to high school students.

Over the years, the Jaguars have distributed over half a million books to children across the region.

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Justin Blackmon has been suspended without pay for the Jaguars'  first four games of the 2013 regular season for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse.

Blackmon will be eligible to return to the Jaguars' active roster on Monday, September 30, following the team's September 29 game against the Indianapolis Colts.

Blackmon is eligible to participate in all preseason practices and games.

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The Jacksonville Jaguars' new offensive tackle Luke Joeckel met with members of the local media on Friday, less than one day after becoming the second overall pick in the NFL draft.

Joeckel is a offensive tackle from Texas A&M. He says he's very happy to be a Jaguar. Head Coach Gus Bradley says he'll play right tackle, lining up with left tackle Eugene Monroe.

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Thousands of Jacksonville Jaguars fans packed into EverBank Field Thursday night for the 19th annual Bud Light Draft Day Party.

Fans were able to meet and get autographs from former and current Jaguars players,  purchase merchandise featuring the new logo and uniforms and stalk out potential season ticket locations.

Fans  cheered wildly when the selection of Texas A&M offensive tackle Luke Joeckel was announced as the Jaguars first round pick.       

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With the second overall selection in the 2013 NFL draft, the Jacksonville Jaguars selected Texas A&M offensive tackle Luke Joeckel.

Owner Shad Khan, Head Coach Gus Bradley and General Manager Dave Caldwell spoke to a large group of fans attending the annual draft party at Everbank Field shortly after the pick. 

They told the crowd they will love the way Joeckel plays.

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The Jaguars unveiled their new uniforms on Tuesday, and there's an emphasis on Jacksonville's military history.

The head to toe black uniform features teal and gold accents. It also includes the team's military inspired patch over the heart.

The new helmet features a unique fade from gold to matte black finish on the front and includes the new logo.

Nike's Vice-President Todd Van Horne says the uniform is a high-tech design that provides ventilation, reduces weight and increases mobility.

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Jaguars season ticket holder Dave Uible didn't anticipate making national headlines when he sent an open letter to team owner Shad Khan recently.

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