We have a love-hate relationship with the Jacksonville Jaguars because, well, they feel like family. And today, they’re celebrating their 25th birthday.
It’s wild to think this team has been around for 25 years now.
Our question to you today — where were you exactly 25 years ago today?
Ryan Day (@ryaneatscake)
Let’s see — I had just celebrated my eighth birthday. I was in the second grade, Mrs. Foster’s Class at Fishweir Elementary. It was a school night so I was pretty pumped to get a football team but I wasn’t old enough to really savor it. I’m not 100 percent sure but I think I stayed the night at my Nana’s house and didn’t see my parents until the next morning because they were celebrating at The Landing. If that’s not true, it’s the new reality. Sorry, Mom.
Jon Kurland (@BCBCouch)
I was getting ready to move down with my family to Jacksonville from New York. My father was already living in Jax at the time and called and told me that, “Somehow this hillbilly town got the team!” I fell in love with the Jaguars from that day on.
Ryan O’Bleness (@ryanobleness)
Well, I was three years old, so I was likely playing outside, building with blocks or coloring or something. I obviously have no recollection of this day as it happened, but little did I know at the time how significant it would be for me in the future. It was about six years later when I really got into NFL football and discovered the Jacksonville Jaguars. I’ve been a fan ever since then, and that will never change. While November 30, 1993 may not have meant much to me at the time, I can now reflect back and be thankful that the city of Jacksonville won its long shot bid to get an NFL franchise, and has maintained that team -- despite all of the relocation rumors — ever since. I love y’all in Jacksonville, and as infuriating as this team can be, I am always standing with you.
Brian Fullford (@iambwf)
I do not remember where I was, but I do remember thinking there is no way in hell this city gets a franchise, banking on Baltimore being the winner. What I do remember if the feeling, realizing that Jacksonville would no longer be a pit stop on the way to Orlando, and the overwhelming happiness throughout the city.
Filip Prus (@JaxonFil)
When my family and I immigrated to the United States from Poland, I was two years old. They didn’t know a word of English, so I grew up speaking Polish until I went to elementary school in Wallington, New Jersey. When I first went to kindergarten, I met my first friend, Justin Bednarczyk, and I used to go over his house and play the old Madden 97 on Sega Genesis. He was a Dallas Cowboys fan, and I used to always pick the Jaguars to play against him because he told me they were a “new team” and I liked the colors. On the weekends, whenever the Jaguars were on television, I would watch the games and learn the players. In a strange twist of irony, the Jaguars helped me learn the English language, and now I use the English language to lament how poor they are playing.
Let us know what you were up to on November 30, 1993 in the comments below!