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Fred Taylor reflects on what could have been a record day

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As he prepares to enter the Jaguars’ version of a Hall of Fame, retired running back Fred Taylor still thinks of a day 12 years ago when all or part of his uniform could have been sent to Canton.

Taylor, who will become the fourth member of the “Pride of the Jaguars” during Sunday’s game against the Bengals, says that a game against the Steelers should have resulted in Taylor setting the single-game rushing record.

“If I have one regret about my career, it’s that Pittsburgh game because the 234 yards should have been the [NFL] single-game rushing record,” Taylor told Gene Frenette of the Florida Times-Union.  “I can do nothing to bring that back.”

At the time, the record was 278 yards, set less than a month previously by Bengals running back Corey Dillon.  (Currently, the high-water mark sits at 296 yards, set five years ago by Vikings running back Adrian Peterson when Peterson was a rookie in 2007.)

Taylor previously has said that the fact the Steelers game was played at night helped him have a big game, because he had consumed too much alcohol on Friday night and needed extra time to recover.

As he joins the Jaguars immortals, our message to Taylor is this:  Drink all you want, as long as you have ride home.

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17 Responses to “Fred Taylor reflects on what could have been a record day”
  1. urlifestillsucks says: Sep 30, 2012 8:34 AM

    Florio said (wrongly):
    Taylor, who will become the fourth member of the “Pride of the Jaguars”

    He’ll be the second member of the “Pride of the Jaguars”.

  2. phillyphannn83 says: Sep 30, 2012 8:48 AM

    I read the linked story and I still can’t figure out just what he was trying to say about the single-game rushing record. Is he saying he should have had more yards that game? Is he trying to make some accusation against Coey Dillion and AP? He never explained what he meant by that and I’m surprised the reporter didn’t ask him either. You got any insight into this Florio? ’cause I can’t figure it out.

  3. yeayoubetcha99 says: Sep 30, 2012 8:49 AM

    I could of been president had I not been too drunk during the 2000 elections

  4. dirtysouthironmen says: Sep 30, 2012 9:36 AM

    Florio said (technically correct):
    Taylor, who will become the fourth member of the “Pride of the Jaguars”

    urlifestillsucks says (wrongly): He’ll be the second member of the “Pride of the Jaguars”.

    Actually Florio is “correct.” Tony Boselli was the first…Wayne and Delores Weaver are 2 and 3 (unless you want to count them as one). Fred Taylor will be either the 3rd or 4th depending on the counting above. But second is wrong.

  5. billsfan1 says: Sep 30, 2012 9:38 AM

    agreed above. I am curious as to what he means. Did he mean had he drank less he would have had more yards? or what. If anybody remembers, was he banging out yards early, or was it late game garbage yards. i feel like this article was devoid of much info

  6. genericcommenter says: Sep 30, 2012 9:39 AM

    yeahyoubetcha99,

    Sorry, Al Gore.

    Also, it’s “could have.”

  7. sourwine15 says: Sep 30, 2012 9:42 AM

    Actually urlifestillsucks, Florio is correct and you are wrong. Wayne and Delores Weaver are members 2 and 3 of the Pride.

    Freddy T will be taking his rightful place today. It’s going to be a blast.

  8. iownyou2 says: Sep 30, 2012 9:51 AM

    Urliftstillsucks:

    I hate to break it to you but you are as dumb as Florio. He will be the third member of the pride of the jaguars.

  9. kingpel says: Sep 30, 2012 10:00 AM

    Those were some good Jaguar teams. With Smith, Brunell, McCardell and Boselli they had the pieces in place.

  10. Harvey Cassidy says: Sep 30, 2012 10:07 AM

    urlifestillsucks: Florio is correct. There are three members in the ‘Pride of the Jaguars’. Tony Boselli, Wayne Weaver, and Deloris Weaver. Fred Taylor will make four.

  11. cuda1234 says: Sep 30, 2012 10:08 AM

    Wow, the media still has it out for Fred Taylor. The guy was a phenomenal player and is going into the Jags HOF, hopefully on the way to the NFL HOF, and you have to take a shot at him being a boozer? Classy.

  12. brokentreehousemusic says: Sep 30, 2012 10:09 AM

    All I got from reading this is that Fred Taylor was 45 yards away from setting a record.

    MJD will go to Canton; Taylor won’t.

  13. wtfchiefs says: Sep 30, 2012 10:36 AM

    Fred Taylor was one of the best fragile players ever

  14. skinsfantom says: Sep 30, 2012 10:37 AM

    he was the 1st, the 2nd, ….. WHO CARES?

  15. gojags436 says: Sep 30, 2012 10:54 AM

    For all you nitpickers, Taylor will be the 2nd PLAYER inducted into the Pride of the Jaguars. Problem solved.

  16. gojags436 says: Sep 30, 2012 10:56 AM

    And for wtfchiefs – you are a complete tool. Taylor rushed for over 11,000 yards in his career, had SEVEN 1,000 yard seasons & is 15th ALL TIME in rushing. And you call him fragile? You don’t know jack. Fred Taylor was a stud.

  17. shall176 says: Oct 1, 2012 3:39 PM

    I believe the issue was the alcohol made him dehydrated, and as the game went on he got cramps. Had he not drank, he would not have had the cramps and could have done more.

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