Former Jaguars O-Lineman Tony Boselli Said The Best Thing Chris Simms Ever Did On A Football Field Was Almost Die After He Criticized Blake Bortles
In case you forgot about the twinkle in the night sky that was the NFL playing career of Chris Simms, this is what a clearly perturbed Tony Boselli was referring to:
This outrageous overreaction to what I'm certain was an ludicrously arbitrary ranking and a hyperbolic pot shot at the current quarterback of his former team undoubtedly reads like a cruel and inhumane devaluing of Chris Simms'...uhh...well...entire life basically. No question it's a ruthless ribbing (no pun intended) of a guy whose spleen nearly burst while on an NFL field so many years ago.
That being said, is it at all possible that this venomous retort from a third party is a good thing? I mean...not for humanity as a whole, or an outsider's view into a former athlete's potentially loose attachment to reality, or the NFL's insistence that their brand is built on good clean fun, but for Jacksonville's reputation as a destination? An instinctive defense of their mediocre-on-a-good-day starting quarterback isn't the worst way to show your love and support for the city in which you became a fringe Hall Of Famer.
Tony Boselli's room-silencing response to a fairly innocent joke being made at the expense of someone who threw for 87 fucking yards in a home playoff game was nothing short of barbaric, but I'll be damned if it didn't convince me that he legitimately enjoys being both a member of their 'Ring Of Honor' as well as one half of their radio broadcast team. Not even Blake Bortles harbors a passionate enough belief in Blake Bortles to counter an over-the-top insult by mocking the near-death experience of the person delivering it. That chirp had everything to do with Tony Boselli protecting the young of his beloved Jags, and careers that came to nest in Jacksonville - of all places - aren't often so tightly embraced by the players that largely suffered through them.
This is probably influenced by the fact that the NFL's most storied franchises get the most attention and thus have the most outspoken of alumnus, but when I think of teams whose most notable legends typically lash out on behalf of their former employer I think of the Steelers, Cowboys, and Packers. That's not to say one prettttty pathetic playoff appearance has put the Jaguars in that same class, but at least now there's one person that's willing to stand at the gate with a sniper rifle ready to fire shots whenever someone launches shade at a organization that's no longer a complete laughingstock. I don't know that I'd imply that watching someone keeled over with massive internal bleeding was a pleasurable viewing experience, but the person who did surely knows where his eternal allegiance lies.