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Gardner Mins-who?

Minshew Mania is a live and well. Take a look at the climb to stardom Minshew has taken since his days at Washington State to NFL Rookie of the month.

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Gardner Mins-who?


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The mustache known well in Pullham, Washington. The journeyman QB before he even became a rookie in the NFL. The swag of 1,000 Bert Reynolds. The wardrobe of Saturdays Night Fever. The moxy of a 6th round Tom Brady. The knowledge of a communications major. Ladies and gentleman, I give you Rookie 6th round selection, Gardner Minshew. He will be the Jags starting QB for the foreseeable future.

Gardner is going to be someone very fun to watch over this season. I may be going out on a limb to say that his career will be highly covered by media and fans. It honestly feels like a perfect fit with the Jacksonville Jaguars. I mean what feels more Jacksonville than mustaches, jorts and and porn endorsements? Minshew Mania is alive and strong heading into this upcoming match with the Carolina Panthers. Even the team is trying to take advantage of the fever by cashing in with “Minshew mini-pack” ticket packages including a bandana, mustache and an on field picture.

Who is Minshew?

Who is this guy people are enamored with? For one he was a journeyman QB way before he was even drafted. What I mean about journeyman qb is that he has had a lot of homes and a lot of destinations. Usually, you hear that tag in the NFL but in this unique situation Gardner played for 4 college teams.

He started his career at Troy then on to Northwest Mississippi CC then on to East Carolina University an his final stop was a dilemma. Gardner’s eligibility was running out and he wanted to start to lay the ground work for his future.

He thought he should got to Alabama and be a 3rd string QB under Nick Saban and eventually become a Graduate Assistant that would move him into the coaching realm. At that point Mike Leach, head coach of the Washington State Cougars, called and said “do you wanna go sit on the bench for Alabama or do you wanna come lead the league in passing?” The answer was simple, Minshew wanted to sling the rock.

Passion for the Stache

Choosing to play football was a no brainer for the Stache. In fact the guy has such a passion for football that he once tried to break his own hand with a hammer and pulls of Jack Daniels. That is how much football means to this kid. He wants to break his own hand just for the opportunity to “earn” a medical red-shirt and prolong his career. That’s my quarterback. So off Minshew went to Pullham, Washington and immediately became a welcomed cornerstone to Cougar football. Within both the fans and the program Minshew made his impact. In his one and only season he lit it up on the field. Below are his highlights from his final season of college football at Washington State. I’ll say it one more time, his only season at WSU. Most highlight videos like this are compiled over 2-3 seasons.

NFL

Gardner turned his college career into a 6th round pick, number 178. No one expected anything from the Rookie. People weren’t sure if he would make the team. After beating out 2 others for the back up spot, Minshew made the final roster as the 2nd string QB for the Jaguars. A surprising move by the Jags to only carry 2 quarterbacks into the season. Especially since the back up in a 6th round rookie. Maybe they knew something we did not, I mean they are only professional coaches.

Debut

Minshew came into the game in Jacksonville’s 3rd offensive series of the gameand never looked back. Minshew’s number was called after a Nick Foles went down with a broken clavicle. Foles threw a touchdown on that pass he was injured and is set to be out till around week 10 or 11. His injury so far has been Minshew’s gain. By the time Minshew stepped on the field he was already down 17-7 to a dangerous and relentless Kansas City Chiefs team. It was hard to keep up with Mahomes and company but Minshew gave it his best effort and really gave it a fight. He finished the game 22-25 for 275 yards 2 td and 1 int. The interception bounced off Leonard Fournette’s chest.

Texans

Minshew gets the call vs the Houston Texans in Houston. A tough start for any player let alone a 6th round rookie. The Jags chose to try and win the game on the ground and it was a tough outing for the offensive line and Leonard Fournette. Minshew magic was still on display however, leading a very exciting comeback effort while throwing a final minute TD to DJ Chark Jr. The Jags chose to go for two point conversion to take a 1 point lead and potentially win the game. The call was peculiar and they decided to try and run the ball up the middle, something that has been stifled all game. The rookie was hot. Should have kept the ball in his hands. Jags came up short in a 13-12 loss. Gardner finished the game 23-33 with 213 yards and 1 touchdown. The rookie was also hit a lot and got his first taste of NFL sacks, 4 of them to be exact. Even though we came up short the people of Jacksonville could tell that Minshew is Duval ’til we die.

Titans

While Jalen Ramsey wants out, Minshew Mania reaches a new level after a meaningful Thursday night victory on national TV. Beating a division foe like the Titans is very important for the Jags and menshew delivered and the City had his back. Duval was decked out in Minshew Mania gear and he gave them a reason to believe.

Minshew toasted the Titans and 20-30 and 2 tds. He showed the contracting wanting, mayonnaise eating, Marcus Mariota what it looks like to earn a starting spot in the NFL Jags win 20-7 and it could have been worse.

Broncos

This game was the one that has sent everyone into a frenzy when it comes to Menshew Mania. It’s a national thing now. I live in NYC and Menshew is a daily topic in my conversations. The broncos brought the heat on Menshew, after not having any sacks through the first three games of the season. The tee’d off on the rookie. 5 violent sacks from some of the greatest sack artist playing the game today.

After being down 17-3. Minshew and Leonard Fournette carried the Jags home on a 26-24 comeback victory. It is truly magic and with the help of Fournette, Minshew Legend grows by the second. Minshew finished the game 19-33 with 213 yards and 2 tds. It was indeed magic.

The future for the ‘Shew

I’m not sure what the future may hold for the NFL rookie of the month and two time rookie of the week (we’ve only played 4 weeks folks).

He may need to hand the Job back to Foles later in the season. But if he has a hot hand and is able to “throw the ball a quarter mile”, it will be tough to take the ball out of his hands. After all even his receivers are catching Minshew Mania, look no further than DJ Chark Jr. doing interviews with his own Minshew Mustache. I for one hope that the story continues. We will have to see after this Carolina game today.

Baltimore made me. Duval raised me. New York saved me. I'm a Jags fan for life and don't ever disrespect it. I'm Duval Til' We Die #DTWD. Florida Gators over everybody. Dodgers to win it all. Since moving to NYC I have become a Brooklyn Nets fan and am still trying to pick a hockey team. Those are my main rooting interest. I'm the head NFL Writer for the Turf. You can also catch me on Amplified Network where I co-host a podcast called "60 minute suspension" highlighting all off field activity covering all sports. I'm also a very big hip hop fan. You may find some rhymes from my favorite songs in my writing.

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