Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Taking the Handlebars; Mularkey, Khan 'All In' at Fans' Rally for Jaguars

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Taking the Handlebars; Mularkey, Khan 'All In' at Fans' Rally for Jaguars

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Byline: Vito Stellino

New Jaguars owner Shahid Khan promised a bright future to an enthusiastic crowd of 6,789 fans during a pep rally at EverBank Field on Tuesday night that was billed as the start of the rebirth of the Jaguars.

"We're going to have a lot of fun together and we're going to win together," Khan told the fans in the South end zone.

He said with every fiber in his body, he is committed to put a winning team on the field and bringing a Super Bowl to Jacksonville and said the fans should hold him accountable.

"There's no doubt Jacksonville has the best fans in the NFL," Khan said.

Tony Boselli, the head of Team Teal, hosted the event and new coach Mike Mularkey and general manager Gene Smith spoke along with cornerback Derek Cox and special-teams ace Montell Owens.

Seven other current Jaguars and 10 former Jaguars attended and signed autographs.

The biggest ovation of the night came when defensive coordinator Mel Tucker, who served as interim head coach the last five games, was introduced. He waved to the crowd and his eyes glistened.

There was also a video presentation that featured U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan from Jacksonville.

The festivities included a mustache contest won by 10-year-old Zachary Cronn, who received more cheers with his fake one than some of the adult fans who had actually grown real ones. He won a ball autographed by Khan and two tickets to the opener net year.

Smith introduced Mularkey and said, "He knows offense and he knows how to assemble a strong staff."

Smith said Mularkey will lead them to where they want to go and, "ultimately win a championship for the city of Jacksonville."

Mularkey took the podium and said, "Wow ...wow." He added, "I'm excited. I'm really excited to be a part of this organization."

And the Florida native said he's "really excited about being home."

Mullarkey said being a consistent winner is very important to him.

"I love to see success," he said. "We're all in this together. …

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