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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)
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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