Jacksonville Jaguars center Brad Meester will come to an end once the regular season concludes as he is hanging up his cleats after 14 years in the NFL. Playing his entire career for the Jaguars couldn’t have been easy, especially since he got to enjoy the playoffs just twice. Good thing Jacksonville still found a way to honor Meester’s retirement in an amazing way on Sunday against the Tennessee Titans.
In the first quarter, Meester reported as an eligible receiver. In 208 career games, he never got the opportunity he was about to receive. Jaguars quarterback Chad Henne dropped back and passed Meester the football as a screen play developed. The 36-year-old then ran for nine yards and picked up the first down in the process.
It was his first career reception, one that made his family in attendance very proud. The only downside was that he was 13 yards short of the end zone, which would have made the proper sendoff that much better. Either way, it was an incredible moment for a respected veteran that deserves every second of the spotlight.
The reality of football is that centers are basically anonymous on the field. The only time anyone ever talks about the position is when the center does something wrong. For the Jaguars to come up with a way for Meester to get some recognition speaks volumes about the organization, especially in his last home game.
One of the better moments was when the CBS cameras panned up to Meester’s family who were in a luxury box. It was certainly quite the thing to watch their reaction to his reception.