Jaguars remembering the legacy of J.T. Townsend
JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-- It's been three months since J.T. Townsend died, but he's certainly not forgotten.
"We just love the Jacksonville Jaguars and they love J.T.," said Judi Zitiello, Board Chair of the J.T. Townsend Foundation.
The Big Cats are honoring Townsend this Sunday before the regular season home opener against the Chiefs. It's fitting for someone who was once a standout high school football player himself, and a friend to many of the players, including Maurice Jones-Drew.
"For me, he was more like a younger brother. I was just handing out at the house and I got a call. You should come to this birthday party, and I was like, alright, I'll go. We kind of hit it off from there," Jones-Drew said.
Townsend's work outside of football has touched hundreds of lives. A few years ago he set up the J.T. Townsend Foundation, which helps families with disabilities and gets them the support and equipment they need.
As part of the tribute, T-shirts are being sold at Sports Mania in Jacksonville Beach and online. Everyone is encouraged to wear one on Game Day.
"We thought we would design a shirt specifically for this game day and help others to live like J.T.," Zitiello said.
As the Jags embark on a new season, everyone from Coach Bradley to the players will do so with Townsend in mind.
"His whole attitude and his mind-set drives a lot of us here in this locker room," Jones-Drew said.
The T-shirts can be bought here and at the Sports Mania on Third Street in Jacksonville Beach.
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