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Jaguars name press box after longtime PR director Dan Edwards

Longtime Jaguars employee Dan Edwards looks at a plaque in the press box on Sunday that honors his tenure with the franchise. Edwards is retiring this season after 27 years with the team. He served as the head of PR for 26 years and took over alumni relations this season. (Cole Pepper, News4JAX)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Less than an hour before the Jaguars and Colts kicked off the regular season finale, the Jaguars honored longtime public relations director Dan Edwards by naming the press box after him.

Edwards was among the first employees hired by the Jaguars. In May of 1994, he began working for the expansion team as its 15th employee. In those days, the Jaguars worked out of trailers in the parking lot of the old Gator Bowl Stadium that was under construction to prepare for the Jaguars’ first season in 1995.

Edwards oversaw public relations and, at times, the Jaguars’ broadcasting efforts during his time with the team.

When Urban Meyer was hired, he was moved to a role overseeing alumni relations and Amy Palcic was hired to work under Meyer as the head of public relations. That marked a change in the structure of the position that, under Edwards, reported to the owner or team president and not the head coach.

Members of the Edwards family, including grandchildren, were on hand in the press box for the presentation. It was an emotional moment for Edwards, who greeted media members with handshakes and hugs and some tears in his eyes after the presentation.

Dan Edwards, center, poses with several people in the press box on Sunday before the Jaguars-Colts finale. (News4JAX)

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Cole joined News4Jax full-time in January 2017, but he has been a part of the team since he began filling in as a sports anchor in 2005.