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Tuesday, March 21, 2006
Boselli signs a one-day contract to retire with Jaguars

Associated Press

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Tony Boselli, the Jacksonville Jaguars' first-ever draft pick, signed a one-day contract Monday so he could retire as a member of the team.

 Tony Boselli

Jacksonville owner Wayne Weaver also announced the offensive tackle will become the first inductee into the team's Ring of Honor this fall.

Boselli played seven seasons for the Jaguars after being selected with the top pick in the 1995 draft following an All-American career at Southern California. He started a then team-record 90 of the Jaguars' first 91 games from 1995-2001 and was a five-time Pro Bowl selection.

He was selected by Houston in the 2002 expansion draft, but never suited up with Texans because of a shoulder injury. Houston waived Boselli last week so that he could sign a one-day contract with Jacksonville.

"It's been a couple of years since I knew I was going to retire, but I wanted to hold out because I wanted to do it as a Jaguar," Boselli said. "The seven years I had here was amazing. I was treated so well by the city, by the Weavers, by the organization. I'm not going to let one thing that didn't work out ruin that."

Weaver said Boselli would be the first and only inductee into the team's Ring of Honor, with the ceremony taking place during a Jaguars home game this season.

"It's appropriate to have Tony as the first member of the Ring of Honor as one of the all-time great Jaguars," Weaver said. "Others will follow later but Tony will be the first and we'll commemorate and recognize his contributions to the franchise."