The Jacksonville Jaguars enter their 25th year as an NFL franchise and with that “XL Primetime” on 1010XL is going down memory lane with some of the greats from the past 25 seasons. Kyle Brady played eight seasons in Jacksonville from 1999-2006. In that time he compiled 241 receptions for 2500 yards and 13 touchdowns.
Brady was recently named the 17th best Jaguar in franchise history according to Jaguars.com.
“It’s a great honor,” Brady told 1010XL. “I have some excellent memories of my days playing here, from the camaraderie with the guys and the quality of the players that were here, not just their playing ability, but the type of people they were as well.”
Brady was asked what it feels like to still be remembered so fondly by the Jaguars fan base despite not playing a game for Jacksonville in 13 years.
“It’s a sweet moment for a lot of reasons,” Brady said. “The perception of me as a football player after my first few years in the NFL, I mean I got a pretty cold reception when I was drafted and we had some rough years in New York.
“My first two years in New York we went 4-28 and as you can imagine, the media frenzy that is always in New York, it was a really difficult time. I was being labeled as a draft bust and one of the reasons the Jets couldn’t get out of the doldrums.
“Even though Jets fans still have mixed feeling about me, I was able to come down here to Jacksonville and solidify myself as a good, durable, everyday player that you could rely on and that was going to be there week after week.”
Brady talked about the decision to join the Jaguars in free agency prior to the 1999 season.
“I felt like it was a bit of a risk leaving the Jets because we had a good thing going, we had some momentum and we just had made the AFC Championship Game,” Brady said. “Everyone around the league had seen how the Jaguars had ascended to being one of the elite teams in the conference in such a short amount of time.
“I got down here and I saw it from day one that they were a well-run organization from top to bottom. It was a great thing to step into and I wanted to be a part of what they were trying to accomplish by coming to work every day and 1999 as it turned out was our best season of the eight that I spent with the Jaguars.
“It was a great team, but unfortunately we had one nemesis that we couldn’t overcome which were the Titans.”
Finally, Brady shared a story from his one and only Super Bowl appearance in which he appeared for New England and lost the game to his former coach here in Jacksonville Tom Coughlin, who at the time was head coach of the New York Giants.
“It’s funny, when I finally did make it to the Super Bowl with New England and I saw Tom Coughlin after the game, they had just beaten us and I said to coach as bad of a day as this is for me I was happy for him and the first thing he said to me was, ‘Brady, we should have done this together back in 1999,’” Brady said. “I thought that was really classy of him to say that in that moment that he had worked so long to achieve that he would go back to that moment and raise that point.”
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