When the Jacksonville Jaguars played their first game in 1995, I was only nine-years-old at the time. I had grown up a 49ers fan all my life but I was still new to the game of football. My dad and I would watch the 49ers and I was a huge Steve Young fan.
The Jaguars were a new team and I only really was drawn to them based on their logo and uniform. I thought that they had the best helmet logo in the league. It was fierce (which I assumed was intentional to draw in young fans like myself) and the colors were so unique.
So I decided to follow the Jaguars. I mean, who would cheer on an expansion team? I did.
I wasn’t committed to the Jaguars but every time I saw their highlights, I was really excited to see this new team turn heads. And that’s exactly what happened in their second season when they nearly made it all the way to the Super Bowl. That upset against Denver was what made them the team for me to follow.
The Jaguars became my new adopted team. My love for the 49ers remained my top priority. But following an AFC team with a new fanbase (can’t call me a bandwagon because of that) was exciting for me. It also helped double my excitement every Sunday with two teams playing.