A Cultural Icon To Support The Jacksonville Jaguars Fan Base In 2021

When the Jacksonville Jaguars and new head coach Urban Meyer drafted Trevor Lawrence with the first overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, there was one ‘superfan’ who right away wanted to welcome Lawrence to town: former pro wrestling star Ric Flair.

Known as the ‘Nature Boy,’ Flair is almost always willing to talk about his favorite teams, do videos for them, and show a ton of support and loyalty towards the programs players, coaches and staff.

“I don’t know Trevor Lawrence,” Flair recently said. “But if he lives up to only half the hype, it’s going to be great. It gives that organization some notoriety.”

There’s no doubt that the Jags are hopeful that Lawrence is the real deal and that he’s ready to come in and succeed in the NFL.

We’ve seen plenty of QBs drafted with the first overall pick who then failed badly, but the Jags remain confident that Lawrence will be a big-play QB who will step right in and deliver.

 

One thing that Flair has going against him are his feelings about current Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer. Flair joked that Meyer is going to be tough to root for.

“I’m not a big fan of Urban Meyer just because he was the coach at Ohio State. I’m always saying, ‘I can’t stand Ohio State,’” Flair laughed.

“I can remember Woody Hayes hitting that player from Clemson years ago. I do like Urban Meyer. He is a nice guy.”

Meyer, 56, coached at Florida prior to going to Ohio State, where he made several appearances in the College Football Playoff and won one championship. He went 12-3 in bowl games. Meyer is ready to tackle the challenge of coaching in the NFL, no matter what celeb is ready to support their starting quarterback..

Here’s hoping that Lawrence, the Jags and Flair can form a whole new fan base for 2021 and beyond.

Written by Matt Loede

Matt has been a part of the Cleveland Sports landscape working in the media since 1994 when he graduated from broadcasting school. His coverage beats include the Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Cavaliers. He's written three books, and won the "2020 AP Sports Stringer Lifetime Service Award."

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