In an interview today with the NFL Network, former Jacksonville Jaguars Running Back, Fred Taylor, decreed that he belongs in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He specifically had this to say:
“Obviously I think I belong. It’s not in my hands. I think the voters, after doing a deep dive, they’ll understand that I belong there too. I really believe I had a solid career, and hopefully the writers will understand that one day.”
Taylor, who has been eligible for Canton since 2016, has yet to make the Semi-Finalist cut. He likely never will.
Taylor was a very good player, who would accumulate 11,695 Rushing Yards, placing him 17thall-time as of this writing. In terms of Yards from Scrimmage, he is 35thall-time with 14,079. While these are more than respectable numbers, at no point was Taylor ever considered to be the best Running Back at his position. Generally, he was never in the discussion. Taylor made it to the Pro Bowl only once (2007) and his highest finish in Rushing Yards was sixth, which he did twice (2000 & 2003).
This is not to say that he was not good and at times great player, as he certainly was, but to be considered for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, you need to be elite, or at least have been in that debate. If you are not, you need to have the longevity that has few equals. 13 years is very good, but in his case, not good enough.
We are in the process of expanding our list to 300. Taylor was considered, but did not make the cut. When we get to the all-time Jacksonville Jaguars, he will have a high rank, likely in the top three.