Upon signing a ceremonial one-day contract Thursday to retire as a member of the Jaguars, kicker Josh Scobee was in full reminiscing mode.
But not entirely about his 11 years with the Jaguars, which saw him became the franchise leader in points (1,022).
Scobee talked about being discovered by his high school’s football coach, who spotted him kicking around a ball one day. That led him to Louisiana Tech.
But a key turning point was after a November 2001 game in which Louisiana Tech lost 40-7 at Kansas State.
“The first time I had a clue or inkling that I could play in the NFL,” Scobee said. “I had three kicks – an extra point and two kickoffs. The kickoffs were both from the 20-yard line and I kicked both out of the end zone for touchbacks. Not a great game, but it was cool to see the ball got that far. After the game, the head coach [Bill Snyder] came straight over to me, introduced himself, shook my hand and said he couldn’t wait to see me kick on Sundays.”
Three years later, Scobee was the Jaguars’ fifth-round pick.
Fourteen years later, his Jaguars’ career ended with a training camp trade to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Scobee was back at EverBank Field for the farewell press conference, accompanied by his wife, Melissa, their two sons, Josh’s mother and his in-laws. Scobee was introduced by current linebacker Paul Posluszny and former punter Adam Podlesh. Members of the organization also poured into the team’s main meeting room to send Scobee off.
“This is fantastic,” Scobee said. “Who would think a kicker would have this many people at their press conference when they retire?
“I love this city. I’m so glad I got drafted here and was able to play here as long as I did. I appreciate everything everybody has always done for me. And now I’ll always be a Jaguar.”
Before Scobee walked to the podium, the Jaguars played a highlight video of his career.
“I can recall every one of those kicks,” Scobee said. “I can recall the hash, the distance, the day, the temperature, the wind – it was fun to see that type of video and especially get the Brian Sexton’s [radio] calls.”
Scobee’s longest career field goal – 59 yards to beat Indianapolis in 2010 – was a part of the video presentation.
Scobee, 34, retires as the Jaguars’ all-time leader in points, longest field goal, field goals (235), extra-point attempts (317) and consecutive games with a field goal (15). He is also tied for second in years of service with the Jaguars (11), third in games played (168) and second in consecutive games played (119).
Looking to the future, Scobee said, “I have some things on the horizon so we’ll see. I have a feeling it will be something with the Jaguars. And I’d like to get involved with the PGA Tour.”