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9/2011 Historical Player Profile: Tony Brackens

September 15th 2011 18:54
The feedback I have received about the Historical Player Profiles has definitely been positive, and I am going to continue with my analysis of former NFL players. I don't really have much information to go on, but I always try to do my best to put forth something meaningful. These posts shouldn't be taken too seriously, because they are really meant as a fun look back at a player in history. I feel that it is important to revisit the players (both good and bad) who were on the playing field. And who knows? You might just learn something along the way. I definitely gained a ton of new football knowledge while researching these guys.

As of right now, Tony Brackens has the most sacks in Jacksonville Jaguars history and has the 7th most solo tackles (301). The defensive lineman spent his entire eight year career with the Jags and accumulated 55 sacks. Brackens was the first pick in the second round of the 1996 NFL Draft. His 27 career fumbles forced are easily the highest in franchise history, and he forced five fumbles in four seasons in his career.

AFC South blogger Paul Kuharsky said that the Jaguars best season in franchise history was in 1999, and that year was certainly Brackens's career year. His 12 sacks were the 7th highest in the NFL, and he also forced eight fumbles en route to his only Pro Bowl appearance. Brackens also returned an interception for a touchdown (his lone career TD), and his 68 tackles were a career high.

In 2001, Brackens recorded his only other double-digit sack season with 11 quarterback takedowns. He also recorded a safety and defended six passes in just 12 games, but he wasn't named to the Pro Bowl. In 2004, Tony Brackens was famously released after struggling with various leg injuries. It was a sad way for one of the best players in Jaguars history to go out.

While nobody really talks about him today, Tony Brackens was certainly an influential player to his franchise and was a famously humble and likeable personality. His contributions to the Jaguars, and the NFL, were missed when his career was cut down. However, Brackens did have a quietly good career that was fit for the type of person he is. There is no doubt that he is their best defensive end in history and is also one of their best 15 players in franchise history.
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Comment by nbageek

September 16th 2011 00:41
Brackens was fun to watch on the field. I agree he is the best defensive end in Jacksonville history.

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