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.”

32 responses to “Fred Taylor goes on Twitter rant misdirected at Hall voters

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

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. @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…

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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.

  10. 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?

  11. 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.

  12. 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

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

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

  15. 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…

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

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