Who's Next In The Pride Of The Jaguars?

FLORHAM PARK, NJ - AUGUST 07: Mark Brunell #8 of the New York Jets takes part in the morning walk through at NY Jets Practice Facility on August 7, 2011 in Florham Park, New Jersey. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

The Jacksonville Jaguars will induct running back Fred Taylor into their ring of honor, dubbed the "Pride Of The Jaguars." With the induction of Fred, making him only the second player to receiver the honor, have left some to wonder who would be next in the Pride. Florida Times-Union columnist Gene Frenette explored some options, but is there really a legitimate candidate to be inducted outside of wide receiver Jimmy Smith?

While Jimmy Smith is a legitimate candidate on the field, there's a belief that the Jaguars will not add him to the Pride until they're positive his off the field issues are a thing of the past. Outside of Smith however, I personally don't believe there is a viable candidate. You want something like the Pride Of The Jaguars to be the best of the best, not just every good player.

For instance, a lot of people will point to Mark Brunell as a deserving candidate, but is he really? While he was part of some of the great moments in the Jaguars short history, was his play really worthy of being honored in this manner or is it just because he's the best the Jaguars have had so far? I mean statistically, Brunell was good but not great. The same can be said for Tony Brackens where as someone like Fred Taylor was statistically great. He's the best defensive end so far in team history, but do we want to jump and induct him or wait and see where the bar stands?

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