Former WR Jimmy Smith has been named No. 3 on the Jaguars All-25, the club announced today.
Smith became the most recent member of the Pride of the Jaguars when he was inducted on Dec. 11, 2016. He signed with the Jaguars on Feb. 18, 1995 after an offseason tryout and played 11 years with the franchise. Smith is the Jaguars’ all-time leader in all major receiving categories, including receptions (862), receiving yards (12,287), receiving TDs (67) and yards per reception (14.3, minimum 100 receptions). Smith’s 12,287 career receiving yards rank 23rd in NFL history.
The former Jackson State standout earned five Pro Bowl nods, tied with LT Tony Boselli for the most in Jaguars history. He was named Associated Press All-Pro twice, including in 1999 when he posted a Jaguars single-season record 1,636 receiving yards. In 2000, his best career game came against the eventual Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens, when he made 15 receptions for 291 yards (seventh in NFL history) and three TDs. From 1995-2005, Smith’s 862 receptions and 12,287 receiving yards ranked second in the NFL in that span, trailing only Hall of Fame WR Marvin Harrison (927 receptions for 12,331 receiving yards). Smith played with WR Keenan McCardell (No. 7 on the Jaguars All-25) from 1996-2001 and together formed one of the best WR duos in the NFL.
“There was a three-year span when Jimmy Smith was good as anyone who ever played the game, and that’s including Jerry Rice,” said Pete Prisco, former Florida Times-Union writer and All-25 voter.
Jaguars All-25 presented by Sharpie is a collection of the top 25 non-active players in franchise history, as voted on by members of the local media. 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.