Historical Number One for Jaguars

The Jaguars will be celebrating their 15th season of play in 2009. Great arguments can be made of who is the best in team history at certain positions. But who would be the best at wide receiver? Would you look at what they did in the league or just as a Jag?

If you take just their Jaguars careers it would easily be Jimmy Smith. But what about the best wide receiver that has ever suited up for the Jaguars? Now there's some debate.

If you look at the total NFL career, you can make an easy argument for Torry Holt. The consummate pro at the position, Holt comes in every day and does his job. While playing 10 years in the league, he has racked up over 12,660 yards, 74 touchdowns, and has been to seven pro bowls. He also has a ring that he won while playing for the St. Louis Rams. A positive role model both on and off the field, there is no doubt that Torry Holt will one day be enshrined in Canton.

Andre Rison and Desmond Howard both played just a short time in Jacksonville. Rison's attitude has been a problem wherever he has been, and he will go down as one of those "could've been" players. But off the field issues and injuries slowed his career down. Desmond was used mainly as a return man in his career and been to the top winning Super Bowl MVP as a member of the Packers. Although Howard may have been the best college receiver the Jags have ever had, you can't even begin to include him or Rison in the discussion of best Jag wideout ever.

When it comes to holding records, Jimmy Smith holds more than any other player in team history. But does this make him the best? While his numbers were solid year after year, you have to look at the off field problems as well. With the suspensions and arrests, you have to question his priorities when it came to football. He racked up 12,287 yards receiving, 67 touchdowns, and made it to five pro bowls. But how much better would these numbers have been if he had been fully dedicated and avoided the drugs?

And that leaves us with Keenan McCardell. He might not have the best numbers, but he showed up every day, did his job, and was a leader both on and off the field. As the thunder to Jimmy Smith's lightning, Keenan put together some great seasons. The two-time pro bowler caught 883 passes for 11,373 yards and 63 touchdowns. He was a leader in the clubhouse and tried to mentor the young players. It was the way he played and conducted himself on and off the field that wins me over as the best in Jags history.


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