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Wayne Weaver: Fans have been 'great 12th man'

Posted on: December 16, 2010 2:30 pm
Edited on: December 17, 2010 2:05 am
 
Posted by Will Brinson

FORT WORTH, TEXAS -- You could forgive Wayne Weaver for having more on his mind than labor negotiations these days. After all, the Jacksonville Jaguars are on the verge of a historical moment, having a shot to win the AFC South for the first time (though they do own two AFC Central titles) in Indianapolis this weekend.

That's not to say Weaver isn't concerned about the labor issue. Obviously, he is. But his eyes lit up when asked about how the Jaguars -- and their fans -- have responded to the challenges they've faced in 2010.

"This group of men are one of the best groups we've had in my 17 years of ownership of the team," Weaver told CBSSports.com following the owners' meetings. "They're working hard and playing together as a team. They're focused, they've got great leadership with guys like Maurice Jones-Drew, Marcedes Lewis, Daryl Smith -- I could go on and on and on listing them.

"We're coming together as a team at the right time and we know we have to take one game at a time to use the old cliche and this game coming up is really important. We know we have to go and win."

Of course, the players aren't the only ones who have responded in a big way throughout 2010 -- the city of Jacksonville and the fans have done an absolutely outstanding job of supporting a team that, at one point, appeared dead in the water. (That point was the Monday night loss to Tennessee for those wondering.)

Instead of giving up on what might have been a lost season, they rallied and made sure to remind the NFL-watching world that Jacksonville, despite the complaints of some, is an NFL city thru-and-thru, by selling out every single home game in 2010.

"Well, think about this -- we blacked out seven of our eight games last year and we haven't blacked out a game and we've already sold out our Washington game," Weaver told CBSSports.com. "So we're not going to black out any of our home games this year.

"The community has really stepped up. They've been great 12th man fans and I couldn't be more proud of the way the city, our mayor, our city leadership have stepped up, because it couldn't have happened without all of that coming together."

The fans won't have a chance to fill up the stadium Sunday, but the Washington game, if the Jaguars play the Colts as close or closer than they always do, could be a pretty nice little reason for Weaver, the fans and the city to celebrate an already fantastic season.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 12, 2012 4:28 pm
 

Wayne Weaver: Fans have been 'great 12th man'

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Wayne Weaver: Fans have been 'great 12th man'

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Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: December 18, 2010 8:17 am
 

Wayne Weaver: Fans have been 'great 12th man'

LOVE the Jags and Wayne Weaver....and the fans have been great!
Can't say enough about the job Tony Boselli and TD Jax has done reviving the passion in Jacksonville that was
at an all time low.But,for the sake of accuracy,saying that the Jaguars have "sold out" every home game this year is not correct.There actually have not been "any" sell outs.Apparently this author does not understand the difference between a sell out and the lifting of the black out.Nonetheless........it's been a great year all around for the Jags and their fans.Let's continue to show the rest of the country that we are here and that we deserve to be!




Since: Dec 17, 2010
Posted on: December 17, 2010 7:40 pm
 

Wayne Weaver: Fans have been 'great 12th man'

The Jaguars are the BEST of Jacksonville and Mr Weaver is the best owner in the league. He is a real gentleman.  Thank you Mr Weaver  for all that you and your organzation has done for Northeast Florida.  We will always be season ticket holders!  Go Jags!!



Since: Feb 13, 2009
Posted on: December 17, 2010 12:55 pm
 

Wayne Weaver: Fans have been 'great 12th man'

Best owner in the business! I appreciate everything the guy's done for our city so far from the Jags to the charitable work to bringing a super bowl to Jacksonville! I'm buying season tickets as soon as I move back to Jax



Since: Dec 17, 2010
Posted on: December 17, 2010 12:16 am
 

Wayne Weaver: Fans have been 'great 12th man'

Wayne Weaver has got to be one of the most generous owners in NFL history. He has done everything imaginible to make the fan experience simpler, more manageable and less inexpensive than any other NFL owner. His Marketing department's "Teal Deals" have to be an unprecedented piece of marketing strategy. I still have people asking if I have any deals left that they can use. Not to mention the grocery coupon on the back of the ticket. Not only is it an automatic $50.00 season ticket savings, any time I take a friend to a game they get an extra $5.00 off their next grocery bill. Most people I know tend to remember that.

I appreciate everything that the Weavers do to help make the fan experience something to remember. Hopefully, my son will remember all the good times we've had at the games and take his children and tell them about how great it was being at the Inaugural Game and about how great the Jags were back in 1996, 1999 and in 2010. I also hope that they ask him "Dad, do you mean to tell us that you were actually alive during the last century?"

I love the Jacksonville Jaguars, and I love me some Wayne and Delores Weaver.



Since: Sep 23, 2006
Posted on: December 16, 2010 10:03 pm
 

Wayne Weaver: Fans have been 'great 12th man'

Great read! I'm a proud Jaguars season ticket holder.


Btw- It's Marcedes Lewis, not Mercedes. =)



Since: Dec 16, 2010
Posted on: December 16, 2010 8:56 pm
 

Wayne Weaver: Fans have been 'great 12th man'




Since: Aug 29, 2008
Posted on: December 16, 2010 8:46 pm
 

Wayne Weaver: Fans have been 'great 12th man'

Thank You Mr. Weaver, truly a great owner. As a season ticket owner, I were greatly entertained at Everbank field this season. Will be a season ticket owner forever.


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