Tony Boselli

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Tony Boselli
No. 71
Offensive Tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1972-04-17) April 17, 1972 (age 42)
Place of birth: Modesto, California
Height: 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) Weight: 324 lb (147 kg)
Career information
High school: Boulder (CO) Fairview
College: Southern California
NFL Draft: 1995 / Round: 1 / Pick: 2
Expansion Draft: 2002 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1
Debuted in 1995 for the Jacksonville Jaguars
Last played in 2001 for the Jacksonville Jaguars
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played 91
Games started 90
Fumbles recovered 5
Stats at NFL.com
Stats at pro-football-reference.com
College Football Hall of Fame

Don Anthony Boselli, Jr. (born April 17, 1972) is a former American college and professional football player who was an offensive tackle in the National Football League (NFL) for seven seasons. He played college football for the University of Southern California (USC), and was honored as an All-American. He was drafted by the newly formed Jacksonville Jaguars as the second overall pick in the 1995 NFL Draft, becoming the team's first-ever draft pick. He played with the Jaguars until 2002, proving to be one of the franchise's most successful and popular players.

Early years[edit]

Boselli was born in Modesto, California. He attended Fairview High School in Boulder, Colorado, and was a member of the Fairview Knights high school football team.

College career[edit]

He accepted an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Southern California, where he played for the USC Trojans football team from 1991 to 1994.[1] He was a first-team All-Pac-10 selection and a first-team All-American in 1992, 1993 and 1994. In 1994, he also won the Morris Trophy. While he was an undergraduate, he was initiated as a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. Boselli was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 2014.[2]

Professional career[edit]

Boselli was selected as the second pick of the 1995 NFL Draft, the first-ever draft pick of the new Jacksonville Jaguars franchise. As a result of his professional success and local popularity, Jacksonville-area McDonald's restaurants offered the "Boselli Burger" in his honor for a period of time.[3]

He was selected by the Houston Texans in the 2002 expansion draft, but injuries prevented him from playing and he retired after the season. As a sign of his success in Jacksonville, on October 8, 2006 he was the first player inducted into the Pride of the Jaguars (the team's Hall of Fame) and signed a symbolic one-day contract allowing him to retire officially as a Jaguar. Boselli has been listed on the Pro Football Hall of Fame Preliminary Nominees list every year since 2009.[4]

Life after football[edit]

During and after his professional football career he participated in numerous business ventures. Boselli plus former teammates Mark Brunell and Bryan Schwartz started the Mattress Firm, a retail bedding store in Jacksonville that expanded to seven locations. By the time Boselli left for Texas in 2002, he had sold his interest in the company.[5]

Boselli and friend and former teammate Mark Brunell own all Whataburger franchise locations in the Jacksonville area.[6]

Boselli is also a founding partner in IF Marketing with friends and former Jaguar teammates Jeff Novak and Will Furrer. The marketing and advertising firm, with offices in Georgetown, Texas and Jacksonville, Florida, was originally called Intra Focus marketing & advertising.[7]

Since 2005, Boselli has lived in Ponte Vedra with his wife, Angi and their four children: Andrew, Adam, Ashli, and Alexis. Boselli has lost a significant amount of weight and now participates in triathlons. He also coaches his sons in baseball.

In 2009, there was talk that he would run for mayor of Jacksonville, Florida in 2011 when John Peyton must leave because of term limits.[8] However, he lives in St. Johns County, so running for mayor of Jacksonville would require moving to Duval County.

Sports broadcasting[edit]

In 2007, Boselli was hired as a color commentator on regional NFL telecasts for Fox, teaming with Ron Pitts. In his rookie season as a televised commentator, Boselli drew praise as one of the best in the business.[9] From 2009-2012, he worked as a game analyst and sideline reporter for Westwood One's coverage of the NFL. Beginning in 2013, he joined the Jacksonville Jaguars radio play by play team.

Boselli was a former co-host on 1010 XL with Dan Hicken and Jeff Prosser each morning from 6-10 am on Sports Final Radio.

Boselli was interviewed for an episode of NFL's Greatest Games which aired on ESPN2.

Charity[edit]

Tony and his wife, Angi (the former Miss California Teen USA 1987), created the Boselli Foundation during 1995 in Jacksonville to work with at-risk youth and help them to cultivate high self-esteem and to succeed at home, at school and at play. Beginning in 2007, Tony has spent substantial time working on projects with the foundation. He overcame opposition from local politicians when the Boselli Foundation proposed renovating and reopening a closed community center and has significant support.[6]

Boselli and Mark Brunell helped found an Every Nation church in Jacksonville, Southpoint Community Church, and both are active in Champions for Christ.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tony Boselli". Nfl.com. 1972-04-17. Retrieved 2010-09-17. 
  2. ^ National Football Foundation (2014-05-22). "NFF Proudly Announces Impressive 2014 College Football Hall of Fame Class". FootballFoundation.org. Retrieved 2014-05-22. 
  3. ^ Times, The (1998-08-16). "Jaguars: Advertising war games have definitely begun 08/16/98". Jacksonville.com. Retrieved 2010-09-17. 
  4. ^ "Enshrinement » Class of 2009 Preliminary Nominees - alphabetical". Profootballhof.com. 2008-10-28. Retrieved 2010-09-17. 
  5. ^ By Times-Union sports writer. "Warrior to minister". Jacksonville.com. Retrieved 2010-09-17. 
  6. ^ a b "Brunell, Boselli and burgers - Jacksonville Business Journal". Jacksonville.bizjournals.com. 2009-04-17. Retrieved 2010-09-17. 
  7. ^ "Briefs: Boselli marketing firm opens Jacksonville site". jacksonville.com. 2009-10-02. Retrieved 2010-09-17. 
  8. ^ "Urban Jacksonville » Tony Boselli". Urbanjacksonville.info. 2009-05-18. Retrieved 2010-09-17. 
  9. ^ "SI.com - Writers - Dr. Z: TV commentator rankings - Thursday February 7, 2008 10:17PM". Sportsillustrated.cnn.com. 2008-02-07. Retrieved 2010-09-17. 

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