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On 10th anniversary of last playoff win, where are some famous Jaguars now?

Olivia Stacey

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The Jaguars went to Heinz Field and beat the Steelers in the first round of the NFL playoffs on January 5, 2008.

It seems ironic that the Jaguars’ last road playoff win was in Pittsburgh since they’re now preparing to do this again in Sunday’s AFC divisional round game.

A lot has changed for the franchise since their last playoff appearance 10 years ago.

Here’s a look at what a few of the players from the 2007-08 season are up to now:

David Garrard, Quarterback: Garrard provided late-game heroics to pull out the win against the Steelers back in 2008.

With the Steelers ahead 29-28 and 1:56 to go in the 4th quarter of the 2007 NFL Wild Card Playoffs, Garrard, facing 4th and 2 on the Pittsburgh 43-yard line, took off for a 32-yard gain that set up the Jaguars’ game-winning field goal.

Garrard played for the Jaguars for nine seasons and was released before the 2011 season. He spent time on the rosters of the Miami Dolphins and New York Jets, but he was plagued by injuries and in 2013, hung up his cleats.

Garrard owns two locations of the franchise, Retro Fitness in the Jacksonville area.

Maurice Jones-Drew, Running back: Jones-Drew was selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the second round of the 2006 NFL Draft, 60th overall.

A three-time Pro Bowl selection, Jones-Drew spent eight seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars and holds the franchise record for single-season rushing yards (1,606 in 2011) and total touchdowns.

In his final season in 2014, he played for the Oakland Raiders.

Following his retirement from football in 2015, Jones-Drew entered broadcasting, serving as a football color analyst for NFL Now and other shows on NFL Network. He also has hosted his own fantasy football show on SiriusXM NFL Radio.

Jones-Drew now serves as an analyst on NFL Network shows such as NFL Fantasy Live, NFL Power Rankings and more.

Fred Taylor, Running back:

Taylor was selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars with the ninth overall pick in the 1998 NFL Draft, and played for the Jaguars and New England Patriots of the NFL.

As a team captain in 2007, Taylor rushed for 1,202 yards on 223 carries, a career-best 5.4 yards-per-carry average, in 15 games started

On February 16, 2009, Taylor was released by the Jaguars after 11 seasons with the team.

Taylor contributes to jaguars.com as an on-camera analyst.

His son, Kelvin Taylor, is an NFL running back who has been signed to several teams, and is currently signed with the Cleveland Browns.

Kelvin followed in his father’s footsteps and played college football at Florida.

Rashean Mathis, Defensive Back

Mathis was a former 2nd round pick of the Jaguars in 2003 NFL Draft, and played 10 seasons in Jacksonville before finishing his career in Detroit.

Mathis had 63 yard interception return for a touchdown off of Ben Roethlisberger to help in the upset 1o years ago.

He eventually signed a one day contract and retired as a Jaguar in April of 2016.

These days, Mathis keeps himself very busy as a 2-handicap golfer, who dreams of playing, even part time, on a professional golf tour somewhere.

Will there be some more famous names to come out of Sunday’s match-up in Pittsburgh? It’s almost time to find out.

Olivia is a multi-faceted sports reporter based in Tampa Bay where she has covered events from the College Football National Championship to the Stanley Cup Final. A native Floridian, she grew up rooting for Tampa’s sports teams, and graduated from East Lake High in Tarpon Springs. Olivia continued her education at the University of Florida where she received her broadcast journalism degree.

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  1. crosseyedlemon

    January 13, 2018 at 6:17 am

    Fred Taylor was a solid team guy and leader. Pro Football Reference has tagged him with the nickname “Fragile Fred” which seems absurd considering he played 13 seasons and scored 66 career TDs.

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