Tashoun Gipssen, who played for the Jaguars in 2013, will become the first player since 2009 to be named the most influential NFL player since former quarterback Brett Favre in 2009.
Gipsens value as a passer and as a leader was recognized by the Associated Press on Tuesday as the No. 3 overall draft pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, the second player selected ahead of Favre.
Gipsson, the former quarterback who led the University of Georgia to the 2011 SEC Championship, is expected to have a very productive career in the NFL.
But he could also be the NFL’s greatest leader.
“I’m just excited to be a part of a great organization and to be here,” Gipsen told reporters.
“The guys here have been great.
The coaches, they’ve been unbelievable, and the players, they really know how to win.
And that’s what we’re going to do here.”
Gipsson was the Jaguars starting quarterback in 2013 after Josh Freeman, then the starter, was injured.
He led the Jaguars to the second-ever Super Bowl victory over the New England Patriots, the only team to have played in the playoffs since the merger of the NFL and the National Football League in 1960.
The Jaguars’ win over the Patriots was the first time in league history that the Jaguars were able to score touchdowns in the second half.
Gopssen became the first quarterback in NFL history to record five 300-yard passing games, joining Peyton Manning, Brett Favres and Ben Roethlisberger as the only players in NFL playoff history to do so.
He also became the only quarterback to throw for 3,000 yards and 20 touchdowns.
Gapssen is coming off a breakout season, completing 66.3 percent of his passes and rushing for 672 yards with nine touchdowns.
His 819 rushing yards are the most by a Jaguars quarterback in the last five years.
Gaptins’ 1,063 receiving yards are third among NFL quarterbacks.
Gaspens 527 receiving yards also are second among NFL passers, behind only Drew Brees, who has 589 yards.
Graphes completion percentage of 75.8 is the best among NFL starters.
Gisselas passer rating of 118.5 is the highest among Jaguars starters.
And his 3.2 yards per attempt are second to only Roethisberger.
Gipping was selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars with the 14th overall pick in 2013.
He was the fifth quarterback taken in the first round since the AFL-NFL merger in 1999.
Gipps first season with the Jaguars was an absolute success.
He won the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award, which was voted on by the AP’s NFL writers.
He finished fourth in the league with 2,724 passing yards and tied for third with 20 touchdowns and six interceptions.
Ginsburg was selected with the 29th overall selection in the 2016 NFL Draft.
He started three games and threw for 4,826 yards and 13 touchdowns with seven interceptions.
His 7.1 yards per completion were third among all quarterbacks in the 2015 regular season.
Gincs performance was not enough to earn the Jaguars a playoff berth in the final year of the David Carr regime.
He is expected back with the team next season.
The 2016 season was Gipser’s best yet, with his numbers soaring in the postseason.
G.S. won the Heisman Trophy as the league’s top quarterback and his 5,853 rushing yards ranked second in the NFC South behind only Dak Prescott.
He threw for 1,097 yards and 18 touchdowns, with five interceptions.
He set career highs in passing yards (4,977) and total touchdowns (42) and rushed for 1 and was named the MVP of the College Football Playoff national championship game.
The 6-foot-2, 214-pound Gipstens had five 100-yard rushing games and a season-high 689 rushing yards.
He rushed for a career-high 752 yards and scored 10 touchdowns as a sophomore.
Gitis finished the 2016 season with 6,091 yards, 17 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.
The quarterback threw for 3 and rushed three times for a season high 117 yards.
His 4.5 yards per pass attempt ranked third among players with at least 500 attempts.
He caught 26 passes for 332 yards and a touchdown.
He broke the school record for career rushing yards with 434 yards, which tied for second-most in school history.
Gissons best season came in 2016 when he rushed for 461 yards and five touchdowns with six interceptions and caught seven passes for 84 yards and two touchdowns.
He tied the school mark for touchdowns and was third on the team with five 100 yard rushing games.
He completed 64.6 percent of the passes, a mark that was tied for the best percentage in school