Timbers Army presents retiring Jack Jewsbury with axe

Jack Jewsbury

You knew the Timbers Army wouldn’t let Jack Jewsbury leave Portland without a retirement gift.

The supporters’ group came through in a big way for the first captain in the club’s MLS history, presenting the retiring 35-year-old midfielder with an axe, a picture of which Jewsbury posted to Twitter on Friday.

The axe handle is inscribed with the words “Forever our Captain. Thank you,” and the blade itself is very real, according to Jewsbury.

One of a select group of players to appear in more than 300 career MLS games, Jewsbury ended his career with 352 career regular season appearances, 281 starts, 28 goals and 37 assists.

He’s in the top five in several Timbers career statistical categories, including ranking third in Portland history in MLS games played, MLS starts and MLS minutes played.