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That was an excuse [in regards to why the Jaguars draft no-name west-coast players], not a...

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That was an excuse [in regards to why the Jaguars draft no-name west-coast players], not a complaint. It was merely another example of the cultural divide and of a faction that uses a failure to draft Florida players as an excuse for not buying tickets. The truth of the matter is that the Jaguars have had more players on their roster from the University of Florida than from any other college or university. The truth of the matter is that the top two schools for producing Jaguars players are SEC schools. The truth of the matter is that the Jaguars have selected more Florida players in the first round of the draft than they have from any other school. All of that, however, is now being thrown in their face, for the obvious reason, and it’s being used as the reason that cult of fans won’t buy tickets this season. Hey, they don’t buy tickets in any season. The truth of the matter is that these complaints are really nothing more than an exercise in expressing their real loyalty, which is for the Gators or the Seminoles or for whatever college team they love. The truth of the matter is that the future of professional football in Jacksonville is being entrusted to the other side of this cultural divide, and that for the four days immediately following and including the first day of this year’s draft, after the Jaguars passed on Tim Tebow, the team might have sold more season tickets over a four-day period, other than for when the franchise was awarded, than they ever had previously in their history.

Jaguars.com Ask Vic 06/04/2010
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