It's not easy being a Jacksonville Jaguars fan. Struggles on the field (Jacksonville hasn't had a winning season since 2007) have led to empty seats and the threat of home blackouts on local TV. The team, and the city, could use a little energizer. And no one in the NFL is better at drumming up emotion than one Tim Tebow, who just happens to be a Jacksonville native.
During Tebow's trade negotiations over the offseason, the Jaguars reportedly went hard after Tebow but could not close the deal with the Denver Broncos. And with the Jaguars starting this season 1-6, it's hard for Jaguars fans not to wonder what would have happened if Tebow would have returned home.
Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel recently caught up with one of the more famous Jacksonville fans, Lynyrd Skynyrd lead singer Johnny Van Zant. A Jacksonville native himself, Van Zant said the Jaguars should have done everything they could to sign Tebow.
If Jacksonville had managed to bring Tebow home, Van Zant speculated, the team could have beefed up its support from a key demographic:
"They would have filled the stadium with chicks alone," he said.
With rumors that Tebow could soon be a free bird, maybe the Jaguars should make another run.