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Old 09-01-2011, 01:31 PM   #1
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Is he a HOF'er in your book. I was surprised at alot of his stats considering how much time he missed. If he stays relatively healthy he retires in the top 10 in rushing easy. Personally at first glance I didn't think he belonged in the HOF, but after reading this I would put him in based on producing on such bad teams. Small market probably didn't help as well. I know he wasn't a Bronco but figured it was news worthy on a slow day.





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Fred Taylor is retiring from the NFL after 13 seasons and nearly 12,000 yards
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Taylor still has a house in Jacksonville, but he likely will retire in South Florida
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Fred Taylor spent 11 seasons in Jacksonville and remains the franchise's leading rusher with 11,271 yards.
Fred Taylor spent 11 seasons in Jacksonville and remains the franchise's leading rusher with 11,271 yards.
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Running back Fred Taylor is retiring from the NFL after 13 seasons and nearly 12,000 yards.

Taylor will sign a one-day contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars on Friday so he can formally retire with the team that drafted him ninth overall in 1998.

The ceremony surely will be an emotional one, with family members, friends and former teammates on hand. The former Florida star spent 11 seasons in Jacksonville and remains the franchise's leading rusher with 11,271 yards. He ranks third with 286 catches and fourth with 2,361 receiving yards.

More telling than his stats was his transition from a shy college kid who seemed to find trouble in Gainesville into a model player who became a team leader and a strong voice for league issues. Coaches and teammates lauded Taylor as one of the hardest-working players in Jacksonville's locker room. Media members and team personnel regarded him as the easiest to deal with, a class act on and off the field, regardless of wins or losses.

Taylor spent the last two seasons playing sparingly in New England, where he ran 106 times for 424 yards and four touchdowns.

"I want to thank every1 who has directly or indirectly supported my career and help shape my character," Taylor wrote on his Twitter account, saluting all "Gators/Jags/Pats."

Taylor ranks 15th on the NFL's all-time rushing list with 11,695 yards. He is 379 yards behind Thurman Thomas and 343 ahead of John Riggins - both in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Taylor's induction might not be a guarantee. He missed chunks of time because of injuries early in his career, never made the Super Bowl - not even with the Patriots - and played in just one Pro Bowl.

He ran for 1,202 yards and five touchdowns in 2007 and earned his first trip to Hawaii. He probably should have made it before, but playing in small-market Jacksonville did little to help his cause. He often joked that he was the NFL's version of famed daytime actress Susan Lucci.

As Taylor's career started winding down, he talked openly about wanting to pass Jim Brown (12,312 yards) on the all-time rushing list. But once the Jaguars parted ways with Taylor after the 2008 season, he started to realize it might not happen.

Injuries might have been the real culprit.

Taylor missed 24 games over his first four seasons and was ineffective in several more because of various injuries. He had a strained hamstring that sidelined him six games in 1999, a strained knee ligament that kept him out of the first three games in 2000, and a torn groin muscle that prevented him from playing the final 14 games in 2001. That three-year stretch left him labeled as soft, brittle and injury prone.

But "Fragile Fred" proved all the naysayers wrong by starting 46 consecutive games between 2002 and 2004, an impressive streak at a position that deals with more pain and punishment than any other. Taylor even played through a broken bone in his foot in 2004.

Through it all, he became the face of the small-market franchise.

Taylor had hoped to spend his entire career in Jacksonville, but the Jaguars released him following the 2008 season as part of a rebuilding project. By then, Taylor had admittedly lost a step and knew the team wanted to turn the offense over to Maurice Jones-Drew. Coach Jack Del Rio flew to South Florida to personally give Taylor the news.

Taylor still has a house in Jacksonville, but he likely will retire in South Florida where he can watch his son play high school football. Kelvin Taylor, a junior at Glades Day School, has turned heads since making the varsity team as an eighth-grader. He is less than 2,500 yards shy of the state's career rushing record of 8,804 yards (Emmitt Smith) and has become one of the most coveted recruits in the country.

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Old 09-01-2011, 01:33 PM   #2
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Old 09-01-2011, 01:35 PM   #3
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Not IMO. I'm not a big fan of putting people in the hall of fame because they had long careers. I like great players like Gale Sayers and TD.
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He can go in after Rod Smith does.
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I think now a days you need a long career to justify being a HOF. If you read the articel he did most of his damage over an 8-9 year span on some pretty bad teams. I'm not saying he is a lock, but being right behind Thurman Thomas and ahead of Riggins is pretty good company
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Old 09-01-2011, 01:42 PM   #6
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He can go in after Rod Smith does.
and after Terrell Davis does.
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Old 09-01-2011, 01:43 PM   #7
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Just shows how unfortunate TD's injuries really were. He and Taylor were the best two backs in the league at one point, and that seems forever ago.
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He passed the magic 10K mark so he will be in the HOF.
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I think now a days you need a long career to justify being a HOF. If you read the articel he did most of his damage over an 8-9 year span on some pretty bad teams. I'm not saying he is a lock, but being right behind Thurman Thomas and ahead of Riggins is pretty good company
The competition is so fierce, you really need a long career of successful years. A long career makes you a lock for the hall of pretty good but I would say guys like LT2 didn't even hold up long enough to really justify HOF. At the same time though, I can't think of a single RB in the game still that I'd say fits that bill.
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Old 09-01-2011, 01:47 PM   #11
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I still think you have to have some back story or accomplishments that put you over the top to make it into a hall of FAME. It isn't the Hall of Longevity.

A guy who one a league MVP, SB MVP, broke 2000 yards in one year, won more than one SB should be a lock no matter how long he played.
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Old 09-01-2011, 01:48 PM   #12
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TD got screwed by his knee, finished 4,000 yards shy of Taylor though. Kind of hard to put TD over Taylor, although I believe he was the superior back.
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He passed the magic 10K mark so he will be in the HOF.
If thats the case then there's some serious problems with the way the HOF evaluates players.

I could see Taylor as one of those players who does not get in until all of the media from the current generation have left or died off, and some guys who only really have his stats to look at vote him in.
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TD got screwed by his knee, finished 4,000 yards shy of Taylor though. Kind of hard to put TD over Taylor, although I believe he was the superior back.
Nobody believes that Davis was the superior back.

Everybody knows it.
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If thats the case then there's some serious problems with the way the HOF evaluates players.

I could see Taylor as one of those players who does not get in until all of the media from the current generation have left or died off, and some guys who only really have his stats to look at vote him in.
I can only think of 3 RBs that have topped the 10K mark that are not in the HOF. Corey Dillion, Warrick Dunn, and Rickey Watters.
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I can only think of 3 RBs that have topped the 10K mark that are not in the HOF. Corey Dillion, Warrick Dunn, and Rickey Watters.
And none of the 4 are worthy IMO. No one feared Fragile Fred Taylor in his heyday, no coaches gameplanned to stop Fred Taylor. If there was a Hall of Very Good, I'd probably vote for him and the other 3.
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66 rushing TD's in 13 years along with 2.4k receiving yards and 8 TD's.

Sorry, that's not a complete player.

He just had a long ****ing career. Good for him on that. He's no HOF'er. He was a consistent, quality RB.

To put into perspective, Davis had 56 rushing TD's in his first FOUR YEARS, along with around 1.2k receiving and 5 TD's.
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And none of the 4 are worthy IMO. No one feared Fragile Fred Taylor in his heyday, no coaches gameplanned to stop Fred Taylor. If there was a Hall of Very Good, I'd probably vote for him and the other 3.
No coaches game planned to stop him? You know this how
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I can only think of 3 RBs that have topped the 10K mark that are not in the HOF. Corey Dillion, Warrick Dunn, and Rickey Watters.
So Jamal Lewis is a HOFer? Dillon? Eddie George? Edgerrin James? What about Ricky Williams who is only 500 yards short of 10,000?
People overrate total yardage for a career IMO in terms of HOF status.
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So Jamal Lewis is a HOFer? Dillon? Eddie George? Edgerrin James? What about Ricky Williams who is only 500 yards short of 10,000?
People overrate total yardage for a career IMO in terms of HOF status.
Yes, absolutely. 52 YPG for 12 seasons gets you to 10,000 career rushing yards. Yawn.
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So Jamal Lewis is a HOFer? Dillon? Eddie George? Edgerrin James? What about Ricky Williams who is only 500 yards short of 10,000?
People overrate total yardage for a career IMO in terms of HOF status.
I would say yes to Lewis, James and George. Dillon might over time as well. I doubt Williams does because of the drugs.
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Fred Taylor is the kind of back that would get in several years after eligibility if he played on the Giants or the Cowboys. He doesn't so he won't but its these types of players going in in lieu of others that makes me despise the HOF.

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How many RBs have done this in the history of the NFL?
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