Former three-time Pro Bowl DT Marcus Stroud has been named No. 9 on the Jaguars All-25, the club announced today.
Stroud was originally selected by the Jaguars in the first round (13th overall) of the 2001 NFL Draft. He proceeded to play in all 16 games for the first five seasons of his career in Jacksonville, which included three consecutive Pro Bowl appearances from 2003-05. During his seven seasons (2001-07) in Duval County, he played in 100 games (84 starts) and amassed 274 tackles, 22.0 sacks, 23 passes defensed, six forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries. He tallied a career-high 6.5 sacks in 2002 before setting a career high with 13 tackles for loss in 2003. Prior to the 2008 season, the former Georgia Bulldog was traded to Buffalo, where he played three seasons and tallied 150 tackles.
In 2012, Stroud signed a one-day contract with Jacksonville and announced his retirement.
“Stroud was a tremendously talented big man. He was a 6-foot-7 ballerina. That was Marcus – really light on his feet,” said Brian Sexton, Jaguars senior correspondent and an All-25 voting member. “Incredibly quick for a big 300-pound guy and he loved the game. That passion showed through every time he put the helmet on.”
The Jaguars’ silver celebration kicked off in mid-March with the start of the new league year and the unveiling of the team’s 25th season commemorative logo designed to embody the spirit of DUUUVAL.