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100 moments in 100 days: Keenan McCardell

Keenan McCardell #87

This year marks the 25th season for the Jacksonville Jaguars. To celebrate, we’re counting down 100 days from our regular season kickoff with the top 100 moments in franchise history.

Yesterday it was Mark Brunell’s scramble against the Denver Broncos in that infamous 1996 playoff run.

Today? It’s just Keenan McCardell, baby.

Keenan McCardell (1996-2001)

He played 17 years in the NFL, six of which were with the Jaguars. He was the perfect complement to Jimmy Smith in the late 1990’s, fearlessly catching passes over the middle and earning the “thunder” half of the “thunder and lightning” nickname with Smith. He and Smith caught more passes for more yards between 1996 and 2001 then any other duo at any other time in the NFL.

McCardell rarely dropped passes, rarely fumbled, was fast, strong, an excellent route-runner, and besides Smith, no Jaguars receiver has ever come close to matching his talent on the field. His 11,373 yards puts him firmly in the top 40 receivers to ever play the game.

And now McCardell is teaching this generation’s class of Jaguars receivers, serving as the team’s receivers coach since being hired in 2017.

Send us your favorite moments and we’ll dig into each one until the Jaguars kick off on September 8th — including whatever video, audio, or stories we can find.

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