Photo: Former Jaguars and Gators running back Fred Taylor (US Presswire).
Former Gators running back Fred Taylor is back in Jacksonville today. He won't be taking handoffs for the Jaguars the way he once did, but the cheers will be familiar.
Taylor is entering the "Pride of the Jaguars," joining former teammate Tony Boselli as the only players in the organization's history to receive the honor. Taylor will be inducted into the Jaguars' Hall of Fame at halftime of the Jacksonville-Cincinnati game.
Taylor told the Florida Times-Union he is honored the Jags are recognizing him as a key part of the franchise's history.
"I don’t know how I’m going to be [emotionally],'' Taylor said. "A lot of former teammates have reached out to me. It’s hitting me more and more as it gets closer. There’s going to be a lot of energy in the stadium, some emotion for sure.
"But to think my name’s going to be in that stadium for life — that’s special. When I was a kid going to Miami Dolphins games, I didn’t have a clue what those names meant around the stadium. I didn’t know it was an elite fraternity or club to be a part of. It’s a big deal. I’m just overly blessed."
Taylor played 11 seasons for the Jaguars and finished his career with 11,695 rushing yards, which ranks him 15th on the all-time list.
Taylor is eligible to be inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame in 2015.
Prior to starring for the Jags, Taylor helped the Gators win their first national championship in 1996. Taylor finished his UF career 3,075 yards and 31 touchdowns and was the ninth overall pick in the 1998 NFL Draft.