It’s been 11 years since the Jacksonville Jaguars have had a winning season, so perhaps it’s not surprising the team is not among the league’s leaders in attendance.
But the Jags have been surprisingly decent this year. They came into Sunday’s game against the Rams with a 3-2 record, were in first place in the AFC South and were coming off a resounding victory at Pittsburgh the previous week.
Somebody must have forgot to tell the fans in Jacksonville.
Only 56,232 showed up for the game against the Rams. That’s the lowest turnout for a home game since Shad Khan purchased the team in 2012.
The team is relatively good, rookie running back Leonard Fournette looks like a stud, and the Jags were hosting another relatively good team.
So why such a meager turnout?
Phillip Heilman of The Florida Times-Union believes it’s either fans showing disinterest in the team, a potential silent protest against the 15 Jags players who knelt for the national anthem three weeks ago in London, or pushback against Khan’s interlocking of arms with the team’s captains at the same game.
The Pakistani-born owner has been critical of President Donald Trump’s statements that NFL players who don’t stand for the anthem should be “fired,” which may not sit well with residents of a pro-military town.
Supporting the theory of fans reacting to Khan and anthem protests, a small plane flew over EverBank Field prior to Sunday’s game with a banner that read, “Be American. Boycott the Jags & the NFL.”
So while Fournette, the first-year back out of LSU had his jersey sent to Canton as the youngest player in NFL history to rush for a 90-plus yard touchdown — and becoming the first player ever to have consecutive runs of 75 yards or longer (he scored on the last play against Pittsburgh and the first against the Rams) — there is a remarkably small number of fans who were there to see it.
Leonard Fournette. 90 yards. See ya. pic.twitter.com/qKoohiHRP6
— ESPN (@espn) October 8, 2017
— Jacksonville Jaguars (@Jaguars) October 15, 2017
Fournette left the game with a scary knee injury.
Video of Leonard Fournette leg injury pic.twitter.com/Q0ApAywfUj
— PM Sports News (@PMSportsNews) October 15, 2017
The good news is that it appears that Fournette dodged a major injury, and is expected to be ready when the Jags hit the road for Indianapolis next Sunday.
Maybe they’ll even bring some fans this time.
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