Former Jaguars RB Fred Taylor has been named No. 2 on the Jaguars All-25, the club announced today. Jaguars All-25 presented by Sharpie is a collection of the top 25 non-active players in franchise history, as voted on by members of the local Jacksonville media.
“I want to give a big shout out to all the Jacksonville Jaguars fans around the world. I salute you,” said Taylor. “I also want to thank you for naming me to the All-25 team. It’s a privilege and an honor to be alongside 24 other men who laid it all on the line each and every Sunday, so as always, DUUUVAL! Go Jacksonville! Go Jaguars!”
Taylor, 6-1, 228, was drafted ninth overall in the 1998 NFL Draft by the Jaguars following a standout career at the University Florida. He made an immediate impact in Jacksonville his rookie season. He broke the rookie scoring record with 102 points in 1998, and his 17 TDs (14 rushing and three receiving) as a rookie still sit atop the Jaguars single-season TD list. Taylor ranks fourth in franchise history in scoring with 424 points (70 TDs, two 2-point conversions) and he is one of just two Jaguars rookies (Leonard Fournette) to rush for 1,000 yards (1,223). Taylor, the Jaguars career-rushing leader with 11,271 yards, leads second-ranked Maurice Jones-Drew (8,071 career rushing yards) by 3,200 yards.
Taylor, who started 136 of 140 games, is one of five players along with Brad Meester, Marcedes Lewis, Jimmy Smith and Josh Scobee to play for 11 or more seasons with the Jaguars. While Taylor ranks among the best in nearly every Jaguars rushing statistic, he also sits at fifth in career receptions (286) and sixth in receiving yards (2,361). After two seasons with New England, Taylor returned to Jacksonville to retire in a ceremony at TIAA Bank Field on Sept. 2, 2011. Taylor became the fourth inductee into the Pride of the Jaguars on Sept. 30, 2012.
“When you put on his best moments, Fred does things no other back from his era could do,” said John Oehser, Jaguars.com senior writer and a Jaguars All-25 voter. “If you take his body of work over the years he played here, to me he’s absolutely a Hall of Famer.”
Originally from Pahokee, Fla., Taylor played for Head Coach Steve Spurrier at the University of Florida and was on the 1996 national championship team. He finished his college career with 3,075 rushing yards and 31 TDs, which both rank fifth in school history.