NFL player drives from Jacksonville to San Diego, blood drive in

The Jacksonville Jaguars are hosting a blood drive Thursday, with the NFL Players Association’s Drive to Save Lives national blood drive expected to draw at least 250,000 people from the city and surrounding areas.

The Jacksonville Jaguars announced the drive to Save the Lives on Sunday, and they’re asking fans to donate blood by Tuesday at the Jags’ Jacksonville Nissan Stadium.

Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell said the team will provide $20,000 in food and water donations.

The Jaguars have not yet announced how many players will participate, but the team said it expects “approximately 200” players to participate.

Players from all 32 teams will participate in the drive.

“We are committed to helping those in need,” Jaguars coach Gus Bradley said in a statement.

“Our players will be part of a group of those who will donate blood.

We encourage everyone to donate, as the number of players who will contribute will be limited and will not be distributed in the Jacksonville community.

Our focus remains on helping those who need our help the most.”

The drive will begin at 8 a.m.

ET with the Jacksonville Jaguars vs. the San Diego Chargers game on Thursday, according to the Jaguars’ official website.

It will continue through the week and be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1.

More to come.