Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Steelers Dislike Obnoxious Mascot

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Steelers Dislike Obnoxious Mascot

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They want him bad.

Just once, you just know they'd love to pancake him, cheap shot him, chop block him when he least expects it.

To the Pittsburgh Steelers, he is the most hated member of the entire team; the one Jaguar who really gets their black-and-gold blood boiling and their Terrible Towels in a tizzy.

He is, by far, the biggest, bawdiest, brashest member of the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Boselli, Brackens? Beasley, Bryant? Uh-uh. It's Jaxson De Villain.

Er, Jaxson De Ville, the overstuffed, overbearing, over-the-top ball of fur who has gained a reputation as the most intrusive mascot in the league.

De Villain is so obnoxious that even Dan Rooney, the Steelers' humble 67-year-old owner, detests him.

"It's just too bad Jack Lambert or Greg Lloyd weren't still playing for our team last year," Rooney said earlier this week. "After the stunts their mascot pulled on the field, we would have had to bail those guys out of jail."

It would have been money well spent. Unfortunately, De Villain won't be making the trip to Pittsburgh Sunday or else he would have provided us with his most memorable, most socially significant skit yet: His demise.

De Villain, like Dom Capers, cannot speak. Therefore, he was unavailable for comment regarding this column. Of course, his actions spoke for themselves last year at Alltel Stadium on Monday night when he went so far over the line, the NFL was forced to change its mascot policy.

Based largely on De Villain's antics last year, a new league rule states: "Team mascots must stay behind the 6-foot white border at all times during the game. And they are prohibited from engaging in any acts of taunting opposing players, coaches or game officials."

During one timeout in last year's Steelers game, De Villain brought a life-sized stuffed doll of Pittsburgh quarterback Kordell Stewart onto the field and began beating and stomping it -only a few feet away from the Steelers' offensive huddle.

During another timeout, he went over to the Steelers' bench holding a Steeler rug he got from a fan. He used the rug to wipe his armpits and other parts of his anatomy. …

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