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‘It was always the Jags:’ Trevor Lawrence thanks fans for their support in The Players’ Tribune

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence would much rather be getting ready for the Super Bowl. That’s how he begins his open letter to Jags fans for The Players’ Tribune.


Later in the letter he says the team was “right there,” in the AFC divisional round against the Kansas City Chiefs, which the Jags lost in Arrowhead Stadium 27-20. Lawrence writes:

“And I know a lot of people probably thought we were just happy to be there against K.C., but if you think that, then you don’t know this group. We had a real chance to win that game, and we didn’t, and I’m still angry about it. We all are. And I like that. I like how — for all the talk about how we’re this young team with a bright future (and I believe we are) — the main thing guys were focused on after that game was we were right there. We were that team. So we’re going to let ourselves be mad. And we’re going to use it as fuel to get better for next year.”

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He also talked in the letter about how the fans’ belief propelled the team to a comeback at home over the Los Angeles Chargers, leading to a 31-30 victory in the AFC Wild Card round:

“There’s one memory I keep coming back to when I think of y’all. It’s when I was looking up at the scoreboard and it was 27–0. (I know I don’t have to tell you what game.) This was right before our last drive of the half, and the Chargers had been beating us all over the field. And I was going through the tablets, watching back the picks, just trying to keep myself focused. But then I kind of looked up into the stands … and I noticed something: Nobody was leaving.”

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Lawrence said even though the team fell short of its goal of making it to the Big Game this year, he feels “like we’re building something here for the long haul.” He closes the letter by saying:

“So, Duval — thank you from the bottom of my heart for sticking with us. For believing in us. We couldn’t have done it without you. That playoff win, that feeling, I want that forever. I promise it was just the beginning. And I promise that where these last two teams are going — that’s where we’re planning on being. It was always the Jags.”


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