Only Jaguars mascot in team history retires after 19 years

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — For the second time in franchise history, the Jacksonville Jaguars are looking for a new mascot.

Or at least someone new to wear the "Jaxson de Ville" costume.

Curtis Dvorak, who has been "The Cat" since the mascot's inception in 1996, announced Tuesday that he is retiring after 19 seasons.

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JACKSONVILLE, FL - OCTOBER 19: Jacksonville Jaguars mascot Jaxson de Ville performs during the game between the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Cleveland Browns at EverBank Field on October 19, 2014 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 09: Jaxson de Ville the mascot of the Jacksonville Jaguars abseils into the stadium during the NFL week 10 match between the Jackson Jaguars and the Dallas Cowboys at Wembley Stadium on November 9, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images)
JACKSONVILLE, FL - DECEMBER 09: Jaxon De Ville mascot of the Jacksonville Jaguars performs during during the game against the New York Jets at EverBank Field on December 9, 2012 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
JACKSONVILLE, FL - AUGUST 10: Defensive lineman Jeremy Mincey #94 of the Jacksonville Jaguars tussles with the team mascot before play against the New York Giants in a pre-season football game August 10, 2011 at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
JACKSONVILLE, FL - JANUARY 01: The mascot of the Jacksonville Jaguars leads the team to the field before play against the Indianapolis Colts January 1, 2012 at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
JACKSONVILLE, FL - DECEMBER 11: Mascot Jaxon De Ville of the Jacksonville Jaguars peforms during the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at EverBank Field on December 11, 2011 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
FILE - In this Sept. 8, 2013, file photo, Jacksonville Jaguars mascot Jaxson de Ville hangs from a line while riding down to the field from the stadium lights prior to an NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs in Jacksonville, Fla. The most entertaining aspect of the Jaguars right now is the team mascot, the high-flying daredevil, who talks trash, makes outrageous wagers and occasionally shoves opposing players. He's the best thing going in the River City, especially with an 0-4 team. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File)
The Jaguars mascot is apprehended after making a 'streak' during the NFL football game between San Francisco 49ers and Jacksonville Jaguars at Wembley Stadium in London, Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)
FILE - In this Oct. 19, 2014, file photo, Jacksonville Jaguars team mascot Jaxson de Ville performs before the start an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns in Jacksonville, Fla. Curtis Dvorak, who has been "The Cat" since the mascot's inception in 1996, announced Tuesday, June 23, 2015, that he is retiring after 19 seasons. The 39-year-old Dvorak entertained and often mesmerized fans with his fearless and creative stunts (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton, File)
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Miles Austin (19) has some fun with Jacksonville Jaguars mascot Jaxson de Ville during the NFL football Pro Bowl Sunday, Jan. 31, 2010, in Miami. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback David Garrard, right, is congratulated by Jaguars mascot Jaxson de Ville, following Garrard's second-quarter touchdown run against the San Francisco 49ers in an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 18, 2005, in Jacksonville, Fla. Jacksonville won 10-9. (AP Photo/Phil Coale)
Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Cortez Hankton is congratulated by teammate Mike Compton, center, and team mascot Jaxson de Ville following his game winning touchdown catch in the fourth quarter to give the Jaguars a 22-16 win over the Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, Oct. 17, 2004, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Phil Coale)
The mascots for the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars, left, and Arizona Cardinals shake a New York Giants fan upside down, Saturday, March, 23, 2002 on Seventh Avenue in New York. The mascots are in town for a convention to discuss techniques, skits and various business topics. (AP Photo/Stephen Chernin)
Jacksonville Jaguars mascot Jaxon de Ville celebrates a touchdown at Alltel Stadium October 9 in Jacksonville. The Jaguars defeated the Cincinnati Bengals 23- 20. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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The 39-year-old Dvorak entertained and often mesmerized fans with his fearless and creative stunts, which most notably included bungee jumping from the top of scoreboards and light fixtures. He donned the suit for 192 games, including 37 preseason and three postseason.

His tenure also included some controversy. The NFL changed its rules regarding mascot behavior in part because of Jaxson's sideline and end zone antics in the late 1990s, and the cat made headlines last fall after using the Ebola epidemic to mock the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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