Mascots are probably the most entertaining thing about going to professional sporting event besides the actual game. One of the NFL’s most entertaining mascots has decided to hang up his oversized head for good after nearly twenty years in the business.
In a story reported by WJXT in Jacksonville, the long-running Jaguars mascot Jaxson De Ville is retiring after nineteen seasons with the team. Well, the guy who was in the costume is at least.
Curtis Dvorak joined the Jaguars in July of 1996, months before the team’s inaugural season, and he has entertained fans for the last two decades. He announced Tuesday morning that he would be retiring from wearing the big fur costume. He sat down with Hailey Winslon of WJXT to talk about his big decision.
“It’s time,” Dvorak said. “(I’ve spent) 19 seasons in that building, jumping off those light towers. Even though I tell people I started when I was 10, I actually started when I got out of college. I eat a little too much Advil — more than I should — and I have some really cool opportunities here in town that I have been working on for a long time.”
Dvorak attended Virginia Tech and spent his senior year dancing on the sidelines as “HokieBird.” That helped him land the job as Jaxson De Ville just a few years later.
The forty-year-old plans to try and get into some more professional work. He hopes to work as a broadcaster and being able to relax more after doing some of the most wild and crazy stunts that NFL fans have seen.
The Jaguars have yet to announce who will replace Dvorak as the new mascot. Whoever that may be will have some giant “paws” to fill come this August.
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