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98 days until kickoff: John Henderson and the slap heard ‘round the world

Indianapolis Colts vs Jacksonville Jaguars - December 11, 2005 Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images

With just 98 days until kickoff, let’s celebrate the only player worth talking about when you’re talking about Jacksonville Jaguars players who wore the No. 98 — John Henderson.

I won’t bore you by talking about Chris Smith or Jonathan Woodard or any other players who wore No. 98 for the Jaguars. Why? Because none of them gave the world the below 94 seconds of greatness.

There's little doubt Big John Henderson wore the No. 98 jersey best for the Jaguars over the years. He, like Marcus Stroud, played in an era where there were a lot of very good defensive tackles, so he wasn't considered as dominant league-wise as he should have been. But Henderson was incredibly athletic for his size (6'7", 345 pounds).

He averaged 3.5 sacks, 4.5 passes defended, and only missed four games of his eight-year career. He had the athleticism to run down and pressure opposing quarterbacks (averaged 30 pressures per season in his first three seasons) and the strength to plug up the offensive line and contribute to the best run defense in Jaguars history.

In honor of Big John, go ask someone to slap you in the face today. It’ll change your morning.