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.
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