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The daredevil mascot of the Jacksonville Jaguars is famous for his dangerous bungee jump stunts at the start of the game but had a mishap at Sunday’s game requiring the intervention of safety officials.
Jaxson de Ville has had lots of practice with his role as the Jaguar mascot, and has dazzled fans with a backflipping bungee jump off the top of the stadium prior to the kickoff in Jaguars games countless times, Fox News reported.
On Sunday, however, during the Jaguars’ game against the Atlanta Falcons, the backflip went off seamlessly – at least at first. On the way down, however, he abruptly stopped, hung up in the bungee cord. However, de Ville was then safely lowered to the stands without injury, except perhaps to his pride, as the entire thing was recorded by fans to make the rounds on social media:
— Casey Ayers (@caseyayers) November 28, 2021
The Jaguars mascot got stuck while zip lining and had to be lowered into the cheap seats.
This pretty much sums up the Jags franchise. 😂https://t.co/7tyTXBAnoM
— NFL Memes (@NFL_Memes) November 28, 2021
The Jaguars mascot got stuck on his bungie and had to be lowered into the stands.
Nothing good is happening for the Jags right now. pic.twitter.com/FX9mcgzY30
— SB Nation (@SBNation) November 28, 2021
Reddit: “Posting the final recap before halftime is embarrassing!!!”
Jaguars: “We are going to make it look like our mascot died in front of thousands of children.”
— Big Cat Country (@BigCatCountry) November 28, 2021
The botched jump may have been a bad omen to the Jaguars though, as the tweets above noted, as they went on to lose against the Falcons 21-14, in what was the Jaguars’ ninth game of the season. The game had started poorly, with the Falcons leading 14-0, then 21-3 after Matt Ryan’s successful touchdown pass to Russel Gage.
Towards the end, however, it seemed that the Jaguars might make a comeback, as Trevor Lawrence connected with Tavon Austin and James O’Shaughnessy for a 2-point conversion, followed up by Matthew Wright obtaining a 34-yard field goal in the fourth period.
Regardless of the performance by the Jaguars themselves, fans have long been appreciative of the mascot’s jumps, as seen in this tweet of a more routine backflip in September:
Jaguars mascot willing to risk it all pic.twitter.com/kvjvUwrW1J
— Pardon My Take (@PardonMyTake) September 26, 2021
The stunts aren’t limited to home games, either. De Ville has even gone bungee jumping in Britain, during the NFL London 2021 game against the Miami Dolphins:
Jaguars Mascot traveled to London pic.twitter.com/0QfD6f6UEV
— Pardon My Take (@PardonMyTake) October 17, 2021
While the incident looked embarrassing, at least nobody was hurt, and it probably involved a lot less pain than another football mascot with sharp talons perching directly on your head.
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