One of the most important players of the Jacksonville Jaguars announced his retirement at the end of this year.
Long-time Jags center Brad Meester, a dedicated center that has spent his 14-year-career with the organization, announced his decision to walk away from the game on Wednesday and admitted he has been thinking about this for a long time.
“It’s something that I’ve thought for a long time and it’s a tough call because I love what I do”, Meester told the press in the locker room. “I spoke to several people about this, but the more I thought about it, the more I wanted to spend time with my family”.
Meester’s final game at EverBank Field will come this Sunday against the Tennessee Titans, and his final presentation as a Jaguars’ member will be on Dec. 29 on the road against the Indianapolis Colts. The organization is planning to give him recognition for his 14-year-career service, and they should do it as he’s been one of the most consistent players on the team in recent years.
Meester is the only player in the Jaguars’ history that has played for every single coach the team has had – Tom Coughlin, Jack Del Rio, Mike Mularkey and now Gus Bradley – and he’s also one of five active players that has spent at least 14 years with the same organization.
Meester considered retirement last year, but Bradley and GM David Caldwell convinced him to stay for another year so he could be the leader of the team. He accomplished it in a big way, and now that he has decided to hang up his cleats for good the Jaguars should give him a final standing ovation in the game against the Titans. He’s an icon of the franchise, and he deserves it.