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Fred Taylor goes on Twitter rant misdirected at Hall voters

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Fred Taylor went on a Twitter rant Tuesday, upset that he hasn’t been considered for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The former Jaguars and Patriots running back wasn’t among the 108 modern-era candidates nominated in his first year of eligibility in 2016 or among the 94 modern-era nominees last year.

It should be noted that anybody, including Fred Taylor and the fans who replied to his tweets with support, can nominate Taylor. The Pro Football Hall of Fame site states “any fan may nominate any qualified person who has been connected with pro football in any capacity simply by writing to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.” So while Taylor rails on selectors, selectors can’t select someone who isn’t nominated.

There is no question Taylor deserves to be nominated. Thirteen running backs were on the initial ballot last year, and two — LaDainian Tomlinson and Terrell Davis — were elected to the Class of 2017.

Taylor ranks 17th on the all-time rushing list with 11,695 yards. Only three players ranked ahead of him in rushing yards are not in the Hall of Fame, and two of those — Frank Gore and Adrian Peterson — still are playing. Edgerrin James did not earn induction in his first three years of eligibility.

So back to Taylor’s rant, which, though he makes some valid points, obviously is misdirected until someone nominates him.

Taylor tweeted his “numbers better than majority of RBs in history. Still don’t understand why the writers don’t respect it.” He added, “Not just backs that have come and gone in NFL HISTORY…but better than majority of the backs in the HOF….”

Taylor continued on for several more tweets, including “the argument but I only played 13 years which doesn’t qualify me as an expert. Some people are just too smart for themselves I guess.”

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32 Responses to “Fred Taylor goes on Twitter rant misdirected at Hall voters”
  1. stoneydog1000 says: Jul 11, 2017 5:31 PM

    Corey Dillon was better.

  2. whenwilliteverend says: Jul 11, 2017 5:35 PM

    Did Fred hurt himself doing all that tweeting?

  3. whenwilliteverend says: Jul 11, 2017 5:36 PM

    Any truth to the rumor that Richard Sherman reached out to him and asked him “You mad bro?”

  4. doctorrustbelt says: Jul 11, 2017 5:37 PM

    Corey Dillon CAREER Statistics:

    11,241 yards – 82 td – 28 fumbles

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    fred taylor CAREER Statistics:

    11,695 yards – 66 td – 27 fumbles

  5. maddenisfordorks says: Jul 11, 2017 5:45 PM

    Ok … watch Freddy T run, then watch Corey Dillon run.

    No disrespect to CD (he was a baller), but Fred was a killer. Just watch the highlight when he hit 10,000 yards. He didn’t run out of bounds, but destroyed a poor Titan DB. He was always this way.

    The only reason he never will get the accolades he deserves is because he played for my Jags.

  6. emmitt22bates40 says: Jul 11, 2017 5:49 PM

    Can’t say I blame him. He should be considered for sure.

  7. kayes says: Jul 11, 2017 5:54 PM

    to be fair, most of the voters didnt even play high school football and have say on who and who doesnt get in the hof. Those people are the same ones who are making it hard for T.O. to get into the hof.

  8. Slow Joe (Bucs fan) says: Jul 11, 2017 6:16 PM

    While I respect his talents, I’m not sold on Taylor getting in the Hall. If Edge couldn’t get in with his numbers, how is Fred going to get in past him?

    What someone above said is probably correct, though. If Taylor had played on a big-market team, or in a couple of Super Bowls, he’d probably be in.

  9. laxcoach37 says: Jul 11, 2017 6:16 PM

    @kayes

    You are so right! I had to look up who the HOF Committee is this year after this story and get this…. DARIN GANTT of PFT is one of them representing Carolina Panthers Journalist. I swear, you can’t make this up. Even funnier is Armando Salguero for Miami. He hates the Dolphins! Jason Taylor must have been really, really good and even then Armando didn’t give him a nod. Kenny Easly and Jerry Jones are Voting and well at least they played…

  10. madmike66 says: Jul 11, 2017 6:21 PM

    I support Fred Taylor 100%, if for no other reason than the damage he did to my fantasy league on my behalf.

  11. aarons444 says: Jul 11, 2017 6:40 PM

    Fred Taylor = Jerome Bettis, IMO.

  12. abninf says: Jul 11, 2017 6:44 PM

    I forgot about that dude.

  13. joenash72 says: Jul 11, 2017 6:51 PM

    I liked Fred.

    Ain’t HOFer tho 😉

  14. tylawspick6 says: Jul 11, 2017 7:15 PM

    bettis got in and taylor has not….wow

    corey dillon should be in if bettis is in

    make it stop

  15. tylawspick6 says: Jul 11, 2017 7:17 PM

    Slow Joe (Bucs fan) says:
    Jul 11, 2017 6:16 PM
    While I respect his talents, I’m not sold on Taylor getting in the Hall. If Edge couldn’t get in with his numbers, how is Fred going to get in past him?

    What someone above said is probably correct, though. If Taylor had played on a big-market team, or in a couple of Super Bowls, he’d probably be in.

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    i had no idea taylor played with a hof qb and receivers

  16. tylawspick6 says: Jul 11, 2017 7:19 PM

    stoneydog1000 says:
    Jul 11, 2017 5:31 PM
    Corey Dillon was better.

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    maybe not better but easily as good

    if dillon played for the steelers, bettis would
    never have sniffed the hof with his under 4.0
    ypc career average

  17. exinsidetrader says: Jul 11, 2017 7:19 PM

    Very good, not great; and not Hall worthy

    Sorry. Tweet away.

  18. patrick9584 says: Jul 11, 2017 7:24 PM

    There is no question Fred should be considered. He’s either the Jim Rice or Tim Raines of football, depending on how you see it. He would get in in a year with weak candidates, but not with average ones.

  19. tylawspick6 says: Jul 11, 2017 7:30 PM

    patrick9584 says:
    Jul 11, 2017 7:24 PM
    There is no question Fred should be considered. He’s either the Jim Rice or Tim Raines of football, depending on how you see it. He would get in in a year with weak candidates, but not with average ones.

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    how did bettis get in with his awful postseasons
    and below 4.0 ypc carry career average?

  20. patrick9584 says: Jul 11, 2017 7:35 PM

    @tylawslick6

    He played on a winning team and people like him.

    Are you stupid or just playing the role?

  21. jeremycrowhurst says: Jul 11, 2017 7:37 PM

    Made it to the Pro Bowl once. Never was in the top 5 in rushing. Double digit touchdowns twice in his career. Didn’t add much as a receiver. Got hurt a lot.

    Come on, Fred, even your mother didn’t nominate you.

  22. RandyinRoxbury says: Jul 11, 2017 7:51 PM

    Overrated Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap!

  23. tylawspick6 says: Jul 11, 2017 8:23 PM

    patrick9584 says:
    Jul 11, 2017 7:35 PM
    @tylawslick6

    He played on a winning team and people like him.

    Are you stupid or just playing the role?

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    i had no idea liking a dumb, overrated dope
    was a prerequisite to the hall of fame, little millennial

    make the stupidity stop

    make it stop

  24. mikechris28 says: Jul 11, 2017 8:50 PM

    Good for you Freddy. You deserve to get in. My first favorite player growing up. He was special.

  25. tdskinz says: Jul 11, 2017 9:04 PM

    Could you please provide the info for nominating a individual. If Bill Polian is in the HOF, Bobby Beathard belongs there too.

  26. eroschmidt says: Jul 11, 2017 9:41 PM

    Fred Taylor should make the 100 or so annual candidates considered- but he is not a Hall of Famer, imo. Neither is Corey Dollon. They belong in the Hall of Very Good…

  27. r8dernation says: Jul 11, 2017 9:42 PM

    He should be considered, but he shouldn’t get the nod.

  28. collectordude says: Jul 11, 2017 9:43 PM

    No HOF for Taylor.
    No HOF for Dillon.
    Bettis doesn’t belong in HOF either.

  29. RegisHawk says: Jul 12, 2017 11:06 AM

    So, he could have been writing his nomination, but he chose to write a twitter rant instead…not clever, which is an automatic disqualifier for the HOF.

  30. Tealpocalypse says: Jul 12, 2017 11:21 AM

    He should be in, to see someone move the way he did with such ease at his size. yeah got screwed in a number of ways by coaching but the player is 100% HOF worthy.

  31. joetoronto says: Jul 12, 2017 11:41 AM

    He was clearly better than Bettis but not worthy of the HOF, just like Bettis.

  32. edelmanfanclub says: Jul 14, 2017 8:54 PM

    They wont put TO in you think theyd be inclined to put Taylor in?

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