Meet Fred Taylor, an American professional football player who has been a running back for the Jacksonville Jaguars of NFL for the past eleven years. He is also one of the leading pushers in the history of the league. See photos, video and a biography of Fred Taylor here.
Taylor was released by the Jaguars after the team decided to move forward with Maurice Jones-Drew and did not agree to his offer to stay with a lower pay.
“I want to thank Wayne Weaver and the coaches and the Jaguars organization for 11 great years,” Taylor said, according to the team’s website. “I feel healthy and I’m determined to continue my career. I understand the team’s decision to move on and I have nothing but warm feelings for the Jaguars organization.”
As a biography, Fred Taylor was born on January 27, 1976, in Pahokee, Florida so his age is 33. He attended the University of Florida and was quite instrumental in the team’s 1996 National Championship victory.
Taylor was drafted ninth overall by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the 1998 NFL draft. He became the top choice only in his rookie season and is said to be one of the best Jaguars players. He became the 16th player in NFL’s Top Rushers list in December 2008. He also holds the NFL postseason record for the longest touchdown run.
Taylor is famous for his injury problems. He spent quite a lot of time during his initial career on bed, earning him the moniker ‘Fragile Fred’. He was a Pro Bowl selection in 2007 and won the FedEx Ground Player of the Year in the same year but his constant injuries and worsening performance became an issue with the team.
Taylor has said that it was clear to him that the organization was headed in “another direction” as a result of his reduced role with the team and the rise in his salary that he is due to receive if he remains on the roster.
He received $6m a year for his role in the team.