As we continue to work through our 30 day challenge in the month of June, we move on to a tough topic for a lot of fans. It’s going to require you to give credit to probably one of the players you actually hate the most and have probably done the Jacksonville Jaguars dirty at some point.
Who is your most respected opposing player of all time?
For me, this one is really easy and it absolutely pains me to say but... former Tennessee Titans quarterback Steve McNair. Man, I hated that guy. I feel awful even typing that out. The pain of 1999 still runs so deep.
You would think that McNair just totally owned the Jaguars every time they played, trying to look back, but he was actually 9-7 in his career against the Jaguars. He threw for about 3,400 yards with 20 touchdowns and 13 interceptions and also racked up nearly 500 rushing yards and a couple touchdowns. In that 1999 season, he played the Jaguars twice (including the AFC Championship game) and threw a total of six touchdowns in those two games.
While McNair was probably one of the players I hated the most, I always had a ton of respect for him. He was one of the original “tough guy” type of quarterbacks. He always seemed to be able to gut it out and pull out wins when the team needed them. For his career with the Titans he had 14 fourth quarter comebacks, including 10 between 1999-2002, when he broke our hearts the most.