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Fred Taylor To Go Into Ring of Honor
Jaguars fans have celebrated countless Fred Taylor moments as the former Florida Gator scored 62 touchdowns in 11 seasons in Jacksonville, before finishing his last two years in New England.
At the Jaguars Caravan in Port Orange, Florida Tuesday evening, Taylor was asked what his favorite run was.
"My rookie year we were playing the Bucs, and we were down 4 and I got the ball and 71 yards later we won the game," Taylor said.
Although Taylor made just one Pro Bowl in his 13-year career, his 11,695 rushing yards rank him 15th in NFL history. At his best Taylor was the perfect mix of speed and power and although his accomplishments were sometimes marred by injuries, Taylor's opponents held him in the utmost respect.
Perhaps the loftiest praise a running back can receive is from the greatest running back ever, Jim Brown. Brown was asked who the best running back in football was and quickly responded with Taylor.
"Don't know nothin' about no Fred Taylor, do you? Fred Taylor's the package. Fred Taylor's a man. He's got a few miles on him now, but did you see that game-winning run? Did you see the 360 he did in the backfield before he ever got to that rookie, Whatshisname? He's a cold blooded killer, Brown explained.
With no postseason moment in the final 10 years of his Jaguars career, Taylor is a long-shot to be enshrined in Canton, even if he is one of the two or three most purely talented running backs ever to play the game. While he waits upon his Canton decision he will take his rightful place for eternity at Everbank Field.
Charlie Bernstein is the NFL Insider for ESPNFlorida.com and ESPN 1080 and 1040 in Orlando/Tampa and Editor-in-Chief of Sports Media Interactive, covering the National Football League, NCAA, and National Basketball Association. Charlie covers the Jacksonville Jaguars for FoxSports and has been featured on the NFL Network and Sirius NFL Radio. Charlie is also a member of the Pro Football Writers of America. You can follow Charlie on Twitter @nflcharlie
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