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Fred Taylor will enter the Jaguars ring of honor

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The Jaguars took a break from dealing with Justin Blackmon fallout Thursday to make a happier announcement.

Retired running back Fred Taylor, the franchise’s all-time leader in rushing yards (and 15th in NFL history), will be honored before the September 30th game against the Bengals. Taylor will become the second player enshrined in the Pride of the Jaguars, the team’s ring of honor. Tackle Tony Boselli is the other player and former owner Wayne Weaver and his wife have also been so honored.

“While I am new to Jacksonville and the Jaguars, I fully understand that Fred Taylor is a Jaguars icon and one of the greatest Jaguars players ever,” said Jaguars Owner Shahid Khan in a statement from the team. “Fred has earned his place in the Pride of the Jaguars, both with his record-setting performances on the field as well as with his involvement in the Jacksonville community throughout his career.  That’s what I hear from Jaguars fans, and that’s what I’ve personally seen as well.  There are a lot of reasons that Fred remains one of the most popular players to wear the Jaguars uniform, and I’m pleased to announce that we will recognize him this fall.”

At a Thursday press conference, Taylor said, via Vito Stellino of the Florida Times-Union, that he has no regrets when he looks back on his career. That doesn’t quite fit with his involvement in the lawsuits by former players seeking compensation from the NFL for concussions they received during their playing days. Based on that, it would seem Taylor regrets not knowing more about concussions.

As for the rest of it, not much to regret about 11,695 rushing yards, 74 career touchdowns and a place as one of the first great players in Jaguars history.

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26 Responses to “Fred Taylor will enter the Jaguars ring of honor”
  1. hardate says: Jun 7, 2012 11:04 AM

    Freddy! Freddy! Freddy!

  2. joetoronto says: Jun 7, 2012 11:05 AM

    Hats off to Freddy, a true class act, on and off the field.

  3. pooflingingmonkey says: Jun 7, 2012 11:11 AM

    That dude was a beast when healthy. You gotta love Fred Taylor.

  4. sourwine15 says: Jun 7, 2012 11:12 AM

    Completely deserves the honor. Thanks for the wonderful memories, Fred. I’ll never forget being in the stands yelling “GO FRED, GO FRED, GO FRED” as you broke off amazing run after amazing run.

  5. adambealyer says: Jun 7, 2012 11:20 AM

    The remark about “former players seeking compensation from the NFL for concussions” at the end of the article was unnecessary. It was a solid piece recognizing Fred Taylor, no need to take cheap shots at the end.

  6. nflofficeadmin says: Jun 7, 2012 11:24 AM

    Most underrated back of his day. And a HOF if he could have stayed healthy.

  7. kivory2 says: Jun 7, 2012 11:27 AM

    Congrats Freddy T. GO JAGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. learysdisciples says: Jun 7, 2012 11:34 AM

    hope he doesn’t get ring sting–ouchy

  9. imopen7 says: Jun 7, 2012 11:40 AM

    such a storied franchise…i didnt think there’d be room for anyone else in their “ring of honor”

  10. dcbassguy says: Jun 7, 2012 11:57 AM

    He better be careful, that he doesn’t get hurt walking out onto the field for the ceremony.

  11. sourwine15 says: Jun 7, 2012 12:06 PM

    I have to give credit to joetoronto for his post in this Jags article. Nice to see.

  12. Patskrieg dot com says: Jun 7, 2012 12:17 PM

    Hopefully he doesn’t sprain his ankle entering the Ring of Honor.

  13. patsfanvt says: Jun 7, 2012 12:30 PM

    wow at the 2nd to last paragraph; a disgrace

  14. vikingssoxfrustration says: Jun 7, 2012 12:47 PM

    I always will wonder what he might have been, had his knees not kept exploding on him…

  15. gojags says: Jun 7, 2012 12:48 PM

    GREAT RB. When he runs, he has the tenacity, elusiveness, his cut, they were fun to watch. Not to mention his humility.

    Thanks for all the year Freddy.

  16. tennesseeoilers says: Jun 7, 2012 12:55 PM

    There aren’t many Jags I respect. Fred Taylor’s one of the few.

  17. illbillgiantz4lif says: Jun 7, 2012 1:17 PM

    Fred Taylor gave all he had and left it all on the field. And that’s all I have to say about that.

  18. cuda1234 says: Jun 7, 2012 1:31 PM

    What’s with the ‘fragile freddy’ jokes? The media undeservedly pinned that on him as a kid and he’s outlived it by at least a decade. He missed 1.5 seasons to injury in a 13 year career and played 140 games in 11 years with the Jags. Taylor was a great player and would be a first ballot HOF’er if he spent his career anywhere but JAX.

  19. conseannery says: Jun 7, 2012 2:00 PM

    I’d turn the entire upper deck into the Ring of Honor to cover up the empty seats.

  20. geemoney713 says: Jun 7, 2012 2:06 PM

    Good for him.

    Don’t you have to have more than a person or two to be considered a “ring” of honor? I’d call it a man of honor, or now a pair of honor until they’ve hit enough guys to make some resemblance of a circle.

  21. shackdelrio says: Jun 7, 2012 2:12 PM

    Congrats Freddy T! One of my all-time favorites.

    He has to be one of the most underrated players of his generation.

  22. gojags436 says: Jun 7, 2012 3:05 PM

    A player doesn’t have over 11,000 yards rushing & over 14,000 yards from scrimmage by being fragile. Fred Taylor was a great player. If you need to ask anybody, ask Jim Freakin’ Brown. One time a reporter asked him who his favorite was…Jim Brown said “Fred Taylor”…nuff said!

  23. kingcarlbanks says: Jun 7, 2012 5:57 PM

    Damn I’m old. I remember when the Jags were good…

  24. rollteal says: Jun 7, 2012 9:08 PM

    #28 in Teal, Black & Gold that’s a weapon unlike no other & well deserving of this honor. Honor to watch his career progress.

  25. udtfrogmanvet says: Jun 8, 2012 12:11 AM

    You think Freddy was good…wait til you see his son Kelvin! He’s got that dead leg cut like his daddy and take it to the house! He’s already broke Emmitt Smith’s long standing Florida High School rushing record!
    Just wait and see!

  26. happypackerfan says: Aug 9, 2012 6:43 PM

    congrats to Fred Taylor. Remember what he did in the playoff game v miami?

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