Noted Jacksonville Jaguars fan JT Townsend passed away last week, to the surprise of many. Townsend was a high school football player who was paralyzed from the neck down in a game, but through his determination and will finished high school, graduated from UNF, and started his own foundation to help others in need.
Townsend was very connected to the Jaguars, and such with the Jaguars fanbase, and the team honored him on Tuesday afternoon at practice. Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew purchased JT Townsend Foundation shirts for the coaching staff to wear and Townsend's family spoke with the team following practice.
"It's always tough when you lose a kid who has inspired a lot of people," Jones-Drew told the Florida Times-Union. "He never backed down. He did some wonderful things and he's one of the reasons I went back to [college]."
"We'll just keep remembering him and why he was here. He never gave up and never did the ‘Woe is me,' thing."
It would be a wonderful gesture by the Jaguars to honor JT Townsend prior to a game or at halftime this season, perhaps holding a moment of silence.
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