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169. Fred Taylor

When you think of the state of Florida and the game of football, Fred Taylor is one of those named that should come up in the conversation.  He is from the state, he played his college ball at the University of Florida (where he helped them with the National Championship), and he would play professionally for the Jacksonville Jaguars for the first 11 years of his career.

Taylor would make the All-Rookie team with a career-high 14 Rushing Touchdowns and 1,223 Yards on the ground, and providing he was healthy, he was going to get you at least 1,000 Rushing Yards.  That is what he would do six more times in his career, peaking at 1,572 in 2003, and earning a Pro Bowl in 2007.  He played with the Jags until 2008, and he would finish his career in New England for two years.  He retired with 11,695 Rushing Yards.

While Taylor never finished higher than sixth in Rushing Yards in a season, he was in the top ten in Yards per Attempt eight times, which is an impressive feat indeed.

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Pahokee, Florida, U.S.A.
  • Eligible Since: Friday, 01 January 2016
  • Position: Running Back
  • Played For: Jacksonville Jaguars, New England Patriots
  • College: Florida
  • Drafted: 1st Round, 9th Overall in 1998
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    Pro Bowl Selections (1) (2007)
    All-Rookie (1998)
    Most Rushing Yards per Game (1) (2000)
    Super Bowl Rings (None)

  • Other Points of Note:

    Top Ten Finishes: Rushing Attempts (1) (2003)
    Top Ten Finishes: Rushing Yards (6) (1998, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004 & 2007)
    Top Ten Finishes: Rushing Touchdowns (2) (1998 & 2000)
    Top Ten Finishes: Yards per Rushing Attempt (8) (1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006 & 2007)
    Top Ten Finishes: Rushing Yards per Game (5) (1998, 2000, 2002, 2003 & 2007)
    Top Ten Finishes: Touchdowns (2) (1998 & 2000)
    Top Ten Finishes: Yards From Scrimmage (3) (1998, 2003 & 2004)
    Top Ten Finishes: All-Purpose Yards (1) (2003)

  • Notable All Time Rankings: 17. Rushing Yards: 11,695
    23. Rushing Yards per Game: 76.4
    25. Rushing Attempts: 2,532
    28. Yards per Rushing Attempt: 4.6
    35. Yards From Scrimmage: 14,079
    40. Rushing Touchdowns: 66
    54. All-Purpose Yards: 14,087
    84. Touchdowns: 74

Should Fred Taylor be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 66.7%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 33.3%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 0%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 0%
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