JAXSON DE VILLE is the mascot of the
Jacksonville Jaguars , a
National Football League
National Football League football franchise. His name is spelled
Jacksonville, Florida is often shortened to "Jax." He
is an anthropomorphic jaguar and is yellow with teal patches. He wears
sunglasses, a Jaguars jersey, long shorts, and black and teal
sneakers. The back of his jersey is typical: it reads "Jaxson" with
his number, 00, but the front has a paw print. On certain occasions he
wears other outfits, such as a large military field uniform when he
was brought onto the field in a military jeep. Jaxson finds other
creative ways to enter the stadium: using a zip wire to bungee jump
off the stadium lights or sliding down a rope from the scoreboard. He
is rarely seen without his motorized scooter and can sometimes be seen
driving a golf cart.
Jaxson is known for his crazy antics. He is very interactive with the
crowd and the Jaguars (if they're not too busy), and sometimes
interacts with the opposing team's players as well. He often mocks and
jokes with the other team's mascot, if they are present. These acts
got him into trouble in 1998 and stemmed the changing of the NFL's
mascot rules, and also caused him to calm up. However, Jaxson was
still seen, by some, as a mascot that gets in the way during the game.
After the October 22, 2007 game against Indianapolis, Colts President
Bill Polian complained to the NFL, and Jaxson was reprimanded again.
During the November 18, 2007 home game Jaxson spent a good portion of
the game in a makeshift "cage", but was released for short periods of
time so he could interact with fans and also to give him an
opportunity to ride his scooter.
Another controversy arose during an online NFL mascot competition,
where Raiders fans and Jaguars fans were to vote for their mascots.
During the process, a loophole was found allowing individual users to
vote tens of thousands of times, enabling the Jags and Raiders to get
well over 1 million votes, disqualifying both mascots from the
Jaxson appears at many events and around the Jacksonville community
supporting various causes. He also participates in NFL and other
mascot events such as the 2002 mascot convention that was held in New
York City. Jaxson also contributes to the Jaguars' journal, provided
by First Coast Community, which allows fans to post photos and
includes journal entries from the mascot as well as the team members
Jacksonville Roar members (the Jaguars cheerleaders).
In recent years, Jaxson has been taking bigger risks, including
making bungee jumping and zipline entrances from the EverBank Field
light fixtures. On December 16, 2009, he ended up getting stuck
during a zipline stunt and hung above the field by his feet for three
minutes while crews tried to free him. His performer was not injured.
Jaxson's first appearance was on August 18, 1996 and had been played
Curtis Dvorak until his retirement in June 2015.
The mascot stirred controversy when a sign reading "Towels Carry
Ebola" was held along with a
Terrible Towel from the Pittsburgh
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