Jaguars, Telvin Smith honor retiring linebacker Paul Posluszny – The Florida Times-Union
Ryan O’Halloran @ryanohalloran
Paul Posluszny’s teammate for four years, it took six seconds for Jaguars linebacker Telvin Smith to become emotional Monday while introducing the retiring Posluszny.
Such was the bond between Posluszny and Smith, but the packed meeting room at EverBank Field was equally emblematic of the impact Posluszny had on the entire organization during his seven-season stay on the roster.
“As soon as I met him, I knew I had a guy I could trust and depend on,” Smith said as a teary-eyed Posluszny watched from the front row. “I never thought I would meet somebody who didn’t grow up in the struggle that I did and love the game as much as I did. He understood what hard work and perseverance meant.”
Looking at Posluszny, Smith added: “Just know I’ve never met a better man than you. I’ve never had a better teammate than you.”
Posluszny, 33, announced his retirement last month, leaving the Jaguars as the second leading tackler in franchise history (984). But the team hosted an official ceremony like they have for several former players over the years.
Attending were Blake Bortles, Calais Campbell, Myles Jack, Lerentee McCray, Keelan Cole, Cam Robinson, Jaydon Mickens, Shane Wynn and Blair Brown along with Rashean Mathis, Josh Scobee and Austen Lane, coach Doug Marrone, defensive coordinator Todd Wash, linebackers coach Mark Collins and executives Tom Coughlin and Dave Caldwell.
Acknowledging the players, Posluszny said: “Playing here and the reason why I love the game so much and why playing in the NFL was so important to me was to have the opportunity to be around you guys. … A great fear of mine is I don’t know where to find [that kind of bond] in the rest of society.”
Posluszny opened his remarks by recognizing individuals from