It doesn’t matter what jersey Ryan Fitzpatrick wears when he plays the Jacksonville Jaguars. Take your pick of a half-dozen different team uniforms. All of them have led to one result: victory.
Fitzpatrick on Thursday night became the first NFL player since at least 1950 to record at least one victory for six different teams against a single opponent, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. It was an accomplishment only Fitzpatrick could achieve. After leading the visiting Miami Dolphins to a 31-13 victory at TIAA Bank Field, the well-traveled quarterback has now defeated the Jaguars as a member of the Dolphins, Cincinnati Bengals, Buffalo Bills, Tennessee Titans, Houston Texans and New York Jets.
Fitzpatrick celebrated afterward by donning a paisley shirt that he left largely unbuttoned, exposing a thatch of chest hair that nearly matched his overgrown beard. After a night in which he completed 12 consecutive passes at one point, including one to himself, he was clearly enjoying himself.
“Now being in Florida for going on four years [with the Dolphins and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers],” Fitzpatrick said, “and being the elder statesman on the team, I’ve adopted more of the senior citizen look, in terms of the touristy shirts. My waistband is sitting a little higher than it used to. But I do like the color. I like the flair, and I would say the chest hair is probably 50-50 on whether people like it or not, and have very strong feelings about it. But the right people in my life like the chest hair. It’s OK to have it out.”
— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) September 25, 2020
Fitzpatrick, 37, entered the NFL in 2005 as a backup for the St. Louis Rams. He has played for eight NFL franchises — one quarter of the league — and has had his way with the Jaguars at nearly every stop.
He got his first start against the Jaguars in 2008, defeating them 21-19 as a member of the Bengals. Thus began an odyssey that would take him through Buffalo, which he led to a 34-18 victory over the Jaguars in 2012. The Titans welcomed Fitzpatrick in 2013 and were treated to a 20-16 victory in Week 16 of that season. He led the Texans to a 27-13 triumph in 2014 and, as a member of the Jets in 2015, engineered a 28-23 victory.
All of that practice against the Jaguars paid off Thursday night. Fitzpatrick produced history on a number of levels, completing his first 12 passes of the game — the highest total to start a game in his career. When combined with the nine consecutive passes he completed to end the Dolphins’ Week 2 loss to the Bills, Fitzpatrick ticked off 21 consecutive completions over two games.
Overall, Fitzpatrick completed 18 of 20 passes for 160 yards and two touchdowns. He ran for a third score on a quarterback draw in the third quarter.
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