In the 1996 NFL Draft, the Jacksonville Jaguars drafted a defensive end out of the University of Texas that was considered "undersized". That defensive end, Tony Brackens, wound up being a demon of a pass rusher that terrorized other teams quarterbacks. In Brackens first two seasons in the NFL, he netted 14.0 sacks as a back up and situational pass rusher. Off the edge, Brackens had one job and one job only: Knock down the quarterback.
Tony Brackens wound up with an 8-year career in the NFL playing his entire career with the Jacksonville Jaguars. In the 1999 season, Brackens had a Pro-Bowl season with 12 sacks, 2 interceptions, and 8 forced fumbles. He was the type of defensive end the Jaguars desperately need currently, someone the offense has to know where they're at at all times. After another double digit sack season in 2001, Brackens began having multiple leg injuries that ultimately wound up dooming his career in the NFL. He played his final season as a Jaguar in 2003, netting 6.0 sacks, but it was clear he didn't have much left in the tank after all his injuries. Brackens was released in training camp during the 2004 season and at the time was the Jaguars all time leading sacker, with 55.0 on his career.
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