Jaguars RB Fred Taylor named Hall of Fame semi-finalist

One of the most illustrious players in Jacksonville Jaguars history has been named a semi-finalist by the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Fred Taylor joins 27 other modern-era players, including five eligible freshman candidates, in the 2023 Hall of Fame class.

The former running back had 2,428 attempts for 11,217 yards at Jacksonville, each of which is a franchise record. He ranks second in team history in both total touchdowns (to Maurice Jones-Drew) and approximated value (to Jimmy Smith).

Taylor spent 11 years donning teal and gold, and after spending two twilight seasons at Foxborough, he retired as a Jaguar in 2011. He is one of 31 players in the history of the league to rush for more than 10,000 career yards.

The former Gator is also one of four former players to be inducted into the Jaguars Ring of Honor, and this marks his fourth straight season as a Hall of Fame finalist.

Jones-Drew made Taylor’s case for a gold jacket in an article:

Taylor ranks 17th all-time in rushing yards (11,695), and every non-active running back above him on that list is already in the Hall. He had seven seasons with at least 1,100 rushing yards (T-sixth in NFL history) and led the league in rushing yards per game (107.6) in 2000. He was an absolute force out from the backfield, and witnessed Taylor’s greatness in Jacksonville firsthand during my first three seasons in the league (2006-08). Taylor was an amazing teammate who exemplified everything it meant to be a professional. On the pitch, he had speed, vision and the ability to tear through defenses. His relentless work ethic – both physically and in the movie theater – allowed him to be one of the best of his time.

Taylor would be Jacksonville’s second Hall of Famer after inducting Tony Boselli last year.

College football’s greatest players are known for delivering “Heisman moments.” I would say it was Taylor’s Hall of Fame moment.