The Jacksonville Jaguars are one of the newest teams in the NFL, but over the last two decades, they have had some pretty talented players. Wide receiver Jimmy Smith was one of them and he will be honored later this year when he becomes the sixth member of the Pride of the Jaguars.
The team announced Smith would be inducted into their Hall of Fame during a special ceremony on Dec. 11. This comes after he spent 11 seasons with the Jaguars from 1995-2005 and set multiple team records, 11 of which he still holds.
“There is no question that Jimmy Smith was one of the best players to ever wear a Jaguars uniform,” team owner Shad Khan said. “His contributions in the early years were critical to the success the Jaguars enjoyed during that time. The fact that most of his records have stood for 10 years without being surpassed underscores what a great player he was. I wish I had personally seen Jimmy play more frequently but I am very happy that we will appropriately honor him at EverBank Field in December.”
Smith spoke with the team and talked about the honor of joining Mark Brunell, Fred Taylor, Tony Boselli and former owners Wayne and Dolores Weaver. He then took to Twitter to thank the fans for supporting him throughout his career.
“I am honored and humbled by this recognition, joining Tony and Fred and Mark and the Weavers in the Pride of the Jaguars,” Smith said, “and I look forward to being there at EverBank Field. We had such great fun and I have wonderful memories of my time there, and I want to experience it once again with my teammates and the great Jaguars fans. This is a great honor.”
During his 11-year career with the Jaguars, Jimmy Smith recorded 12,287 receiving yards and 67 touchdowns. He holds the team record for most receptions in a career (862) and in a season (116) as well as receiving yards in career, season (1,636), and game (291) among multiple other records.