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30 Day Challenge: Favorite Jacksonville Jaguars Memory

For the month of June we'll ask a different Jacksonville Jaguars related question to our readers. It’s the dead season and this will help us all get to know each other a little better.

Mark Brunell

Jacksonville Jaguars OTAs are still in full swing and even if most days of camp weren’t closed to the media, there’d still be very little to report and analyze. It’s that fun stretch of the year where there’s not much to look forward to and we’re too far removed from the season to look back.

We want to post a question or topic every day for the month of June, and we will give our answers either in the post or in the comments and we want everyone else to join in. It should be fun and should help kill the time as we creep closer to training camp.

Today’s question...

What’s your favorite Jacksonville Jaguars memory?

I, too, am an old like Alfie Crow yesterday talking about watching Natrone Means bruising the Atlanta Falcons defense. And like Alfie, my earliest memories come from that 1996 season.

But today is about favorite memories — and while it’s still from the 1996 season, it’s a different game and a different player.

When the Jaguars went to go visit the Broncos in the 1996 AFC Divisional Playoff game, few expected the Jaguars to come close, much less win the game. But that’s exactly what they did, despite being 12.5-point underdogs. Natrone Means punished the Broncos defense, going for 140 yards and 6.7 yards per carry, Jimmy Smith and Keenan McCardell combined for 170 yards and two touchdowns.

But it was Mark Brunell’s 29-yard scramble in the fourth quarter on second-and-9 when that is etched into my brain. Near midfield, Brunell took the snap, he ran right, got away from a safety, ran left, galloped behind a block from McCardell, and ended up on the 21.

Feel free to bookmark the video below and watch some time this weekend to relive the Jaguars’ glory days.