JACKSONVILLE The Jacksonville Jaguars are making plans to honor a paralyzed football player who died Wednesday, three weeks after his last visit to the facility and just before beginning an internship with the team.
J.T. Townsend, paralyzed from the neck down during a high school game in 2004, spent countless hours getting to know Jaguars players over the years. He considered running back Maurice Jones-Drew and former Jaguarscurrent Houston Texans fullback Greg Jones close friends.
"We lost a friend today," Jaguars coach Gus Bradley said. "He was my kind of guy. Just visiting with him and talking with our team today in our team meeting I know he inspired many. It was truly a privilege to get to know him the short time that I did. A lot of guys on our team were close to him and then when I had a chance to meet him and just visit with him he just captured you.
"He just drew you in and just his attitude and the way he saw things, I wanted to be around him more and more. That's what ha...