JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – After six seasons as a finalist, Tony Boselli, the first pick in Jaguars history, was elected to the Hall of Fame -- finally!
Boselli goes in to the Hall of Fame with another area representative, Lee High School and Florida State star LeRoy Butler, who played for the Green Bay Packers.
But while the Packers have plenty of players in Canton, Boselli becomes the first Jaguars player in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The Jags were the last team to have a player elected, and the praise for Boselli as that representative came pouring in after the news broke Thursday night.
“Tony’s well-deserved selection for enshrinement in the Pro Football Hall of Fame is long overdue and one of the greatest moments in the history of our franchise,” Jaguars owner Shad Khan said. “Tony embraced being a Jaguar from the moment he was drafted and from there fought for Jacksonville as one of the greatest offensive linemen to ever play the game.
“Tony has also represented the Jaguars with class since the day he arrived. Beyond his exceptional on-field performance, since retirement he has been an integral member of the Jaguars family while calling Jacksonville home for more than 25 years. No one understands, defends, supports or loves the Jaguars and Duval like Tony Boselli. I think I speak for everyone when I say congratulations, Tony. Gold looks good on you.”
Current Jags QB Trevor Lawrence kept his sentiments simple and direct:
Here’s some praise from other former Jags:
Congrats to @TonyBoselli for getting into the Hall of fame!!! I know you will represent the jaguars and Duval county well!!!— Maurice Jones-Drew (@MJD) February 11, 2022
Jacksonville WE in CANTON, BABY!!!!— Leon Searcy Jr (@LeonSearcyJr1) February 11, 2022
And Willie McGinest talked about going up against Boselli at USC on the NFL Network:
“My career probably wouldn’t have been what it was if I didn’t get what I got at USC going up against this man at practice.”@WillieMcGinest on his fellow friend Tony Boselli getting into the @ProFootballHOF Class of 2022. pic.twitter.com/qntkWfRbVo— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) February 11, 2022
Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry also shared his respect: