Eagles’ Taylor discusses how his faith prevented him from playing football until college

  Friday nights are a big day for high school football. Stadiums around the country are filled with fans supporting their local high school football teams, but for Eagles LB Davion Taylor, who Philadelphia selected in the third round of this year’s draft, Friday was a day of rest.

Taylor, who is a Seventh-Day Adventist, which is a Christian denomination, could not play football because Adventists believe that Friday at sundown is the beginning of the Sabbath. Therefore, Adventists usually stay in the house on Friday night and go to church on Saturday. While football was being played on Friday night, Taylor had to stay home.

“Actually, I couldn’t go to the games, so I had to be at the house in my bed most of the time,” Taylor said via a conference call on Friday. “I didn’t like that. Like, of course, it hurt me not being able to be on the field and everything, but the way I supported them was like I probably just before the game before I’d go home, I would probably take some water bottles up, like clean up the field, make sure everything was straight before they step out on the field. And also when I was home, sometimes I’d probably — I lived probably two or three minutes away from the school, so I’d probably open my window, probably open the back door so I could just hear the PA or hear the crowd like if something is going on, I’d be like, all right, we just scored, or like if something bad happened I’d be like — I’d also have people at the game texting me updates and everything, like we just got scored on, we wish you was here and everything. It hurt me like.”

Once he was old enough, Taylor was able to decide how he was going to handle football.

“So, the deal was once I turned 18 it was my decision,” he said. “I didn’t really just want to abandon my religion, so once I tried out for my community college, I actually prayed one night and everything. I was like, if it’s meant for me to make a team, let me make this team, let me make this team. If it’s not, don’t let me make this team. So, when I made the team I felt like it was just God’s sign that he was on my side this whole time, so I accepted that part, and I was like, I’m still going to have a religion, and when I come home I’m going to go to church on Saturdays and everything. But I wanted just to continue to practice my religion while I was at it, and that’s what I did.”

After community college, Taylor transferred to Colorado, and from there, he was able to start 22 games in two seasons for Colorado, which ultimately led to an NFL Combine invite, and led to Taylor being selected by the Eagles.

The 21-year-old Taylor still has a lot to learn on the football field, but has a lot of raw talent and has decent speed as he ran a 4.49 40 at the combine, and he ran a 4.39 40 at his pro day. With his size (6-2, 230) and speed, Taylor could stay at linebacker or possibly play safety on the next level.