Tony Boselli

Don Anthony Boselli Jr. (born April 17, 1972) is a former American football offensive tackle of the National Football League (NFL) for eight seasons. He was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars second overall in the 1995 NFL Draft, becoming the team's first-ever draft pick. He played college football at USC, where he was honored as an All-American.

Boselli played with the Jaguars until 2002, proving to be one of the franchise's most successful and popular players. He was then drafted by the Houston Texans as the first overall pick in the 2002 expansion draft, but was unable to play with them due to injuries.

Tony Boselli
No. 71
Position:Offensive tackle
Personal information
Born:April 17, 1972 (age 47)
Modesto, California
Height:6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Weight:324 lb (147 kg)
Career information
High school:Boulder (CO) Fairview
College:Southern California
NFL Draft:1995 / Round: 1 / Pick: 2
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played:91
Games started:90
Fumbles recovered:5
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Early years

Boselli was born in Modesto, California. He attended Fairview High School in Boulder, Colorado, and was a member of the Fairview Knights high school football team.

College career

Boselli accepted an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Southern California, where he played for the USC Trojans football team from 1991 to 1994.[1] He was a first-team All-Pac-10 selection and a first-team All-American in 1992, 1993 and 1994. In 1994, he also won the Morris Trophy. While he was an undergraduate, he was initiated as a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. Boselli was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 2014.[2]

Professional career

Boselli was selected as the second pick of the 1995 NFL Draft, the first-ever draft pick of the new Jacksonville Jaguars franchise. As a result of his professional success and local popularity, Jacksonville-area McDonald's restaurants offered the "Boselli Burger" in his honor for a period of time.[3]

He was selected by the Houston Texans in the 2002 expansion draft, but injuries prevented him from playing and he retired after the season. As a sign of his success in Jacksonville, on October 8, 2006, he was the first player inducted into the Pride of the Jaguars (the team's Hall of Fame) and signed a symbolic one-day contract allowing him to retire officially as a Jaguar. Boselli has been listed on the Pro Football Hall of Fame Preliminary Nominees list every year since 2009.[4] NFL Films has named Boselli the 6th greatest player not inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Life after football

Boselli participated in numerous business ventures during and after his professional football career. He, plus former teammates Mark Brunell and Bryan Schwartz, invested in seven Mattress Firm bedding stores in Jacksonville. By the time Boselli left for Texas in 2002, he had sold his interest in the company.[5] Boselli and Brunell own all Whataburger franchise locations in the Jacksonville area.[6] He also works as the offensive Line coach at the Episcopal School of Jacksonville, on the same coaching staff as Brunell.

Boselli is also a founding partner in IF Marketing with friends and former Jaguar teammates Jeff Novak and Will Furrer. The marketing and advertising firm, with offices in Georgetown, Texas and Jacksonville, Florida, was originally called Intra Focus marketing & advertising.[7]

Personal life

Since 2005, Boselli has lived in Ponte Vedra with his wife, Angi and their five children: Andrew, Adam, Ashli, Alexis, and Ansli. Boselli has lost a significant amount of weight and now participates in triathlons.

Sports broadcasting

In 2007, Boselli was hired as a color commentator on regional NFL telecasts for Fox, teaming with Ron Pitts. In his rookie season as a televised commentator, Boselli drew praise as one of the best in the business.[8] From 2009-2012, he worked as a game analyst and sideline reporter for Westwood One's coverage of the NFL. Beginning in 2013, he joined the Jacksonville Jaguars radio play by play team.

Boselli was a former co-host on 1010 XL with Dan Hicken and Jeff Prosser each morning from 6-10 am on Sports Final Radio.

Boselli was interviewed for an episode of NFL's Greatest Games which aired on ESPN2.

Charity

Tony and his wife, Angi (the former Miss California Teen USA 1987), created the Boselli Foundation during 1995 in Jacksonville to work with at-risk youth and help them to cultivate high self-esteem and to succeed at home, at school and at play. Beginning in 2007, Tony has spent substantial time working on projects with the foundation. He overcame opposition from local politicians when the Boselli Foundation proposed renovating and reopening a closed community center and has significant support.[6]

Boselli and Mark Brunell helped found an Every Nation church in Jacksonville, Southpoint Community Church, and both are active in Champions for Christ.

References

  1. ^ "Tony Boselli". Nfl.com. April 17, 1972. Retrieved September 17, 2010.
  2. ^ National Football Foundation (May 22, 2014). "NFF Proudly Announces Impressive 2014 College Football Hall of Fame Class". FootballFoundation.org. Retrieved May 22, 2014.
  3. ^ Times, The (August 16, 1998). "Jaguars: Advertising war games have definitely begun 08/16/98". Jacksonville.com. Archived from the original on May 20, 2017. Retrieved September 17, 2010.
  4. ^ "Enshrinement » Class of 2009 Preliminary Nominees - alphabetical". Profootballhof.com. October 28, 2008. Archived from the original on January 14, 2009. Retrieved September 17, 2010.
  5. ^ Times-Union sports writer. "Warrior to minister". Jacksonville.com. Retrieved September 17, 2010.
  6. ^ a b "Brunell, Boselli and burgers". Jacksonville.bizjournals.com. April 17, 2009. Retrieved September 17, 2010.
  7. ^ "Briefs: Boselli marketing firm opens Jacksonville site". jacksonville.com. October 2, 2009. Retrieved September 17, 2010.
  8. ^ "SI.com - Writers - Dr. Z: TV commentator rankings - Thursday February 7, 2008 10:17PM". Sportsillustrated.cnn.com. February 7, 2008. Retrieved September 17, 2010.

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1994 USC Trojans football team

The 1994 USC Trojans football team represented the University of Southern California (USC) in the 1994 NCAA Division I-A football season. In their ninth year under head coach John Robinson, the Trojans compiled an 8–3–1 record (6–2 against conference opponents), finished in second place in the Pacific-10 Conference (Pac-10), and outscored their opponents by a combined total of 356 to 243.Quarterback Rob Johnson led the team in passing, completing 186 of 276 passes for 2,499 yards with 15 touchdowns and six interceptions. Shawn Walters led the team in rushing with 193 carries for 976 yards and 11 touchdowns. Keyshawn Johnson led the team in receiving with 66 catches for 1,362 yards and nine touchdowns.

1995 Jacksonville Jaguars season

The 1995 Jacksonville Jaguars season was the franchise's 1st season in the National Football League and the 1st under head coach Tom Coughlin. The Jaguars finished with a 4-12 in their debut season and not making the playoffs. However, they ended the saeon on a high note defeating the Cleveland Browns 24-21 on December 24 of that year.

1997 All-Pro Team

The 1997 All-Pro Team is composed of the National Football League players that were named to the Associated Press, Pro Football Writers Association, and The Sporting News All-Pro Teams in 1997. Both first and second teams are listed for the AP team. These are the three teams that are included in Total Football II: The Official Encyclopedia of the National Football League. In 1997 the Pro Football Writers Association and Pro Football Weekly combined their All-pro teams, a practice with continues through 2008.

1997 Jacksonville Jaguars season

The 1997Jacksonville Jaguars season was the franchise's 3rd season in the National Football League and the 3rd under head coach Tom Coughlin. The teams won 11 games and made the playoffs as a wild card team, but lost their first game to the Denver Broncos.

The team also made a couple of changes to the uniforms. They change the numbers to new font style numbers and added black side panels to the uniforms. During the offseason, the team had changed the font style numbers on the jerseys with the skinnier style with a black drop shadow in the back of the numbers but during the team 1997 preseason games there were several complaints that the announcers and the viewers had a hard time recognizing the numbers on the players. So the team decided to make the jersey numbers wider and removed the drop shadow numbers by the beginning of the regular season

1997 Pro Bowl

The 1997 Pro Bowl was the NFL's all-star game for the 1996 season. The game was played on February 2, 1997, at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii. The final score was AFC 26, NFC 23. Mark Brunell of the Jacksonville Jaguars was the game's MVP. In the game, Brunell threw for 236 yards. He connected with the Oakland Raiders Tim Brown for an 80-yard touchdown to tie the game at 23 with only 44 seconds to go.

The referee was Larry Nemmers.

To date, this is the most recent Pro Bowl that went to overtime.

1998 Jacksonville Jaguars season

The 1998 Jacksonville Jaguars season was the franchise’s fourth year in the National Football League. The team equaled the 11–5 record from their previous season but won their first division title as both the Oilers and the Pittsburgh Steelers lost crucial games near the end of the regular season. The Jaguars appeared twice on Monday Night Football.

2002 Houston Texans season

The 2002 Houston Texans season was the franchise's inaugural season and the city of Houston's first NFL season since the Houston Oilers left in 1997 to move to Tennessee to become the Titans. The Divisional Realignment also placed the Texans and Titans in the same division.

The Texans won their first-ever season game against the Dallas Cowboys 19–10 on Sunday Night Football. They were the first to do this since the 1961 Minnesota Vikings won 37–13 in their inaugural game. Head coach Dom Capers, who previously coached the expansion Carolina Panthers when they debuted in 1995, led the Texans to a 4–12 record.

2002 Jacksonville Jaguars season

The 2002 Jacksonville Jaguars season was the team's eighth year in the National Football League. The team finished with a record of 6–10 and finished 3rd place in the AFC South, missing the playoffs. The team's head coach was Tom Coughlin. This was Mark Brunell's final full season as the Jaguars' starting quarterback, and it was also Coughlin's final year coaching the team.

2002 NFL expansion draft

The 2002 National Football League expansion draft is the most recent National Football League (NFL) draft in which a new expansion team, named the Houston Texans, selected its first players. On October 6, 1999, in Atlanta, NFL owners had unanimously voted to award the 32nd NFL franchise and the Super Bowl XXXVIII to the city of Houston, Texas. So that the Texans could become competitive with existing teams, the league awarded the Texans the first pick in the 2002 NFL Draft and gave them the opportunity to select current players from existing teams. That selection was provided by the expansion draft, held on February 18, 2002.In this draft, held months before the regular draft, the existing franchises listed players from which the Texans could select to switch to the new team. This was the third expansion draft after the NFL had instituted the salary cap, which limited the total amount teams could spend on their roster of players. Teams placed many quality players on the list who had large contracts, as the Texans were required to assume the contracts of those players if selected. The list included 155 NFL players, 25 of whom were Pro Bowl players. The draft took place live and aired on ESPN. The Texans drafted a total of 19 players. They selected three players with a total salary-cap value of $14.9 million from the Jacksonville Jaguars, who were $23 million over the cap; three players with a total salary-cap value of $14.1 million from the New York Jets, who were $16 million over the cap; and two players with a total salary-cap value of $7.1 million from the Baltimore Ravens, who were $23 million over the cap.

2007 Arizona Cardinals season

The 2007 Arizona Cardinals season was the 88th season for the team in the National Football League, and their 20th season in Arizona. They improved upon their 5–11 record in 2006 after finishing last place in the NFC West, by finishing 8–8, but the failure of the Cardinals to qualify for the Super Bowl marked the 23rd consecutive year in which the Super Bowl did not include the team in whose region the game was being played. Two heartbreaking losses to the San Francisco 49ers, who won only five games that season, came back to haunt them in the end, as they barely missed the playoffs by just one game. Nonetheless, Pro Football Reference argues that the 2007 Cardinals had the easiest schedule of any non-playoff team since the 1965 Eagles: they never opposed any team with a better record than 10–6 in any of their sixteen games.

2007 Atlanta Falcons season

The 2007 Atlanta Falcons season was the 42nd season for the franchise in the National Football League (NFL). They finished the 2007 season with a record of 4–12 and failed to improve upon their 7–9 record in 2006 after finishing third place in the NFC South.

The team attempted to overcome the controversy surrounding starting quarterback Michael Vick and his involvement in an illegal dog fighting ring. Bobby Petrino was hired to help develop Vick into a more complete quarterback, but with Vick's absence, journeyman quarterbacks Joey Harrington and Byron Leftwich were used to patch-in holes. Petrino's game plan didn't fit, both on the field and in the locker room, with veteran players Alge Crumpler and DeAngelo Hall voicing their displeasure.

Petrino later resigned just 13 games into the season to coach the Arkansas Razorbacks. Petrino resigned the day after Michael Vick was sentenced to 23 months in prison and also a day after Petrino coached the Falcons in a 34–14 loss to the New Orleans Saints on Monday Night Football.

Boselli Foundation

The Boselli Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Jacksonville, Florida. It is intended to provide academic and athletic support for local children, especially those with limited financial resources. Founded in 1995 by Tony Boselli, then a player for the Jacksonville Jaguars, and his wife Angi, it is one of the older "celebrity" charitable foundations in the First Coast area and replaces programs started by the now defunct Otis Smith Kids Foundation.

In 1997, Boselli was named the Jaguars True Value NFL Man of the Year for his community involvement with the Boselli Foundation. "Helping children become champions at home, school, and in the community" is the focus of all programs provided by The Boselli Foundation.

Dan McLaughlin

Daniel McLaughlin (born March 18, 1974) is a professional sports broadcaster who currently works on the St. Louis Cardinals and, formerly, on St. Louis Blues telecasts on the cable television channel Fox Sports Midwest. He was born March 18, 1974 in St. Louis. He used to be a play-by-play announcer for the NFL on Fox in 2006 with some involving the St. Louis Rams as he called the St. Louis Rams-Minnesota Vikings game with Tony Boselli.

Jacksonville Jaguars draft history

This page is a list of the Jacksonville Jaguars NFL Draft selections. The first draft the Jaguars participated in was 1995, in which they made offensive tackle Tony Boselli of USC their first-ever selection.

List of AFC Championship Game broadcasters

The following is a list of the television and radio networks and announcers who have broadcast the American Football Conference Championship Game throughout the years. The years listed concentrate on the season instead of the calendar year that the game took place. The forerunner to the AFC Championship Game (prior to the 1970 AFL–NFL merger) was the AFL Championship Game.

List of Jacksonville Jaguars first-round draft picks

The Jacksonville Jaguars joined the National Football League (NFL) in 1995 as an expansion team, along with the Carolina Panthers. Their first selection in the NFL draft as a team was Tony Boselli, an offensive tackle from the University of Southern California (USC). The team's most recent first round selection was Taven Bryan, a defensive tackle from University of Florida.

Every year during April, each NFL franchise seeks to add new players to its roster through a collegiate draft known as "the NFL Annual Player Selection Meeting", which is more commonly known as the NFL Draft. Teams are ranked in inverse order based on the previous season's record, with the worst record picking first, and the second worst picking second and so on. The two exceptions to this order are made for teams that appeared in the previous Super Bowl; the Super Bowl champion always picks 32nd, and the Super Bowl loser always picks 31st. Teams have the option of trading away their picks to other teams for different picks, players, cash, or a combination thereof. Thus, it is not uncommon for a team's actual draft pick to differ from their assigned draft pick, or for a team to have extra or no draft picks in any round due to these trades.

The Jaguars have never selected the number one overall pick in the draft, but they have selected the second overall pick three times. The team has selected five players in the first round from the University of Florida, two each from the University of Southern California and the University of Tennessee.

List of Super Bowl broadcasters

The following is a list of Super Bowl broadcasters, that is, all of the national American television and radio networks and sports announcers that have broadcast the first four AFL-NFL World Championship Games and thereafter the championship games of the National Football League. It does not include any announcers who may have appeared on local radio broadcasts produced by the participating teams.

Originally alternated between the AFL's broadcaster (then NBC) and the NFL's broadcaster (then CBS), the game is now alternated between the three main broadcast television rightsholders of the NFL—CBS, Fox and NBC. CBS has televised the most Super Bowl games, with Super Bowl LIII as its 20th.

NBC originally had broadcasting rights for the Super Bowl XXVI and CBS for the XXVII, but the NFL allowed the networks to switch the two games in order to allow CBS a significant lead-in to its coverage of the 1992 Winter Olympics. Likewise, NBC was to air the Super Bowl LV and CBS for the LVI, but they agreed to swap the broadcasting rights, therefore CBS will benefit from holding rights to the Super Bowl and the 2021 NCAA Final Four, whereas NBC will be abled to pair its Super Bowl coverage with the 2022 Winter Olympics.

Seth Payne

Seth Copeland Payne (born February 12, 1975) is a former American football defensive tackle, who now co-hosts a local radio show.

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