The Legacy of Running Back Fred Taylor

Ed KappAnalyst IJanuary 21, 2010

TAMPA, FL - AUGUST 23:  Running back Fred Taylor #28 of the Jacksonville Jaguars rushes upfield against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium on August 23, 2008 in Tampa, Florida.   (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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Arguably the most productive player in the Jacksonville Jaguars’ young history, Fred Taylor was one of professional football’s most consistent running backs of the decade.

Taylor, of Florida, was the ninth overall pick of the 1998 NFL Draft, serving as the face of the Jaguars for 11 seasons, compiling seven 1,100 yard rushing campaigns. In 146 career games, Taylor has over 11,500 rushing yards and 74 total touchdowns.

Despite encountering countless injuries and only finishing two whole seasons healthy, Taylor has shown tremendous heart while continuing to produce at a high level in the NFL.

Taylor will historically be remembered as being the decade’s most under-appreciated running back, waiting ten seasons to be honoured with his first and only career Pro Bowl selection.