Dear Jacksonville: Yes We Can! Now is the Time to Change our Culture-Once & for All!

By heatherpatterson

First things first…Rookie Defensive Tackle and first round draft pick Tyson Alualu has officially signed a 5 year-28 M contract (17.5 million guaranteed) with the Jacksonville Jaguars.  Alualu has been in Jacksonville for less than 24 hours and already the air is a lil fresher on the First Coast.  He is soft spoken with a positive and determined demeanor…. which reminds me of my wish this birthday…Maybe, just maybe, Jacksonville and it’s peeps will start emulating Alualu’s style and start out on the journey of a culture change in our great city.  Jacksonville’s M-O has long been two steps, forward-three steps back.  We have so much to offer- great warm weather, the beautiful Atlantic Ocean, affordable yet quality higher education institutions, great economic potential- yet we risk it all with the business -as-usual detrimental, negative self-fulfilling prophecy.  Perhaps our greatest attribute is our love and passion for the game of football- we just haven’t channeled that passion in the most effective manner yet!  In the age of self-help books, motivational speakers, life coaches and etc. one would think that we would start to get the fact that the world will see us as we see ourselves and now is the time to prove ourselves (I am telling you- Tony Robbins would have an absolute field day in J-ville)

The good news is that we have a lot of positive momentum going into the 2010 season.  We have a champion for the cause in Tony Boselli, ex-Jaguar great- he has put his money where his mouth is!  He didn’t have to do it- but he did!  He stepped up to the plate and took on the challenge of increasing season ticket sales in order to reduce blackouts.  He has rallied the troops like no one’s business and most importantly he has invested his time, money and energy into the Jacksonville community.  He believes in our city and it is time we started doing the same. 

As the Commish of Team Teal, Boselli has helped sell over $13,500 season tickets this year, which is the most since the Jaguars inaugural year.  With hopes of selling 4,500 more before the Jags kick off their season in 18 days- we are inching our way out of “black-outsville”!  Economic times are tough right now to say the least, but let’s show a lil innovation and split the cost of tickets with our friends and neighbors.  

And if you can’t afford to go to the games (which is certainly understandable) support the team in other ways like simply teaching your kids about the Jags!  We have a great role model in Maurice Jones- Drew! 

[picappgallerysingle id=”7159968″]MoJo is a scrappy, determined, positive player with an almost extinct work ethic.  We need to raise a generation of believers because if the City of Jacksonville loses the Jaguars we will all pay a major cost in one way or another- true story.

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