Former WR Keenan McCardell has been named No. 7 on the Jaguars All-25, the club announced today.
“Thank you all for putting me on the All-25,” said McCardell. “I loved my time here and I always will love my time here. My heart is here in Jacksonville, and go Jags!”
A two-time Pro Bowl selection and two-time Super Bowl champion, McCardell spent six seasons (1996-2001) with the Jaguars totaling 499 receptions for 6,393 yards and 30 TDs, which ranks second in all three categories in team history. He earned his first Pro Bowl selection in 1996 after totaling a team-best 85 receptions for 1,129 yards and three touchdowns. After signing as a free agent with the Jaguars in 1996, McCardell helped Jacksonville earn four straight postseason appearances from 1996-99.
McCardell played with former Jaguars WR Jimmy Smith and together, they formed one of the best WR duos in the NFL. McCardell and Smith were nicknamed ‘Thunder and Lightning’ and played together through McCardell’s entire tenure with the Jaguars. In 1999, they combined for 2,527 yards on 194 receptions and 11 TDs, helping Jacksonville post a 14-2 record.
“Keenan McCardell could go and make any kind of catch that you needed, and he was mister chain mover,” said Gene Frenette, columnist for the Florida Times-Union. “If you needed a first down on third and six, third and seven, third and four, Keenan was a guy that Mark Brunell often looked for to move the chains.”
Upon finishing his playing career, McCardell began coaching by completing a Bill Walsh Minority Fellowship with the New York Giants during the team’s 2009 training camp. He also coached the West’s wide receivers in the 2010 East-West Shrine Game. In 2017, he was hired as the Jaguars wide receivers coach and is in his third season in that role. McCardell and his wife, Nicole, have four children: daughters Keandra, Nia and Nakeeya’, and son Keenan II.
Jaguars All-25 is a collection of the top 25 non-active players in franchise history, as voted on by members of the local Jacksonville 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.