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.