The Jaguars were young and upcoming when they grabbed a giant out of USC with the 2nd pick in 1995. He was one of six OLs chosen in that round, and only two had longer careers. Who among them though was better than him? It can be argued he no OL equal in his 249 peers. Only a handful played at a level near him.
Thrice an All-Pro, he was one of the very best in the league at his posisition even as a rookie. The only Jaguar on an All-Decade team, he is a peer with Richmond Webb, Willie Roaf and Gary Zimmerman, three of the greatest to ever play at OT. His contemporary, Jonathan Ogden was the only one more dominant at Boselli's height.
As a second-year he was integral in the final 5-of-6 winning stretch. One of the two greatest passing offenses in Jaguar history, he protected the left-handed Brunell with Leon Searcy as he became the only Jaguar to lead the NFL in passing ever. Over the next two years, he helped the Jaguars as part of a stellar line. In 1999, the greatest fielded Jaguar team ever, he was a star of. In their crowning achievment, Brunell was never reeally touched as they obliterated the Dolphins by 8 touchdowns.
We come to the reason why he meant so much,as 2000 came on and we see one of the worst beginnings ever to the team. New Guards, center and converted right tackle made the bottom drop out. 2001, his finale saw a 4-9 finish with his replacement, Todd Fordham.
The story of his career? 58-40 with him and 63-96 since him...4 playoff appearences with him and two without him...one coach with him and three since
The verdict is that Tony Boselli is the greatest OT to ever play for the Jaguars. He was one of the top three in the league for five years, where the Jaguars were 52-27 and made the Playoffs four times...they won on the road at Ralph Wilson Stadium, the fist time that had been done in the postseason and staged the greatest playoff upset of the decade versus the Broncos 30-27.
Will Boselli get in?
No, b/c of market, etc. (26 votes)
No, he is not HOF quality (6 votes)
Yes, it will be awhile though (41 votes)
Yes, as a senior option about 20 years from now (21 votes)
94 total votes