Fred Taylor: It’s “a joke” that Tony Boselli was chosen best Jaguar ever over me

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The Jacksonville Jaguars recently released a list of the greatest players in franchise history, and running back Fred Taylor came in at No. 2. Some people would be honored to be recognized as the second-greatest player ever to play for their team. Fred Taylor is not one of those people.

After the full list was released, with offensive tackle Tony Boselli at No. 1, Taylor was outraged.

“I’m not sure who voted but they missed,” Taylor wrote on Twitter. “What were you guys doing for the 11 YEARS I carried the team. One day someone (other than me) will recognize how valuable I was. I did something only 21 players in history of the game done at my position. #WhatAJoke”

Taylor was a good player in Jacksonville, with seven 1,000-yard seasons. But Taylor was never considered the best running back in the NFL. He was never a first-team All-Pro and was never in the Top 5 in the league in rushing yards or yards from scrimmage. Boselli, on the other hand, was considered the best offensive lineman in football in his prime, with three consecutive first-team All-Pro selections. Although injuries cut Boselli’s career short, and he didn’t last as long in Jacksonville as Taylor did, at his best, Boselli was the better player.

The members of the media who voted on the best Jaguars of all time valued Boselli’s short period of greatness over Taylor’s longer career. That’s completely valid, and it’s classless for Taylor to denigrate the recognition of Boselli, a great lineman who opened plenty of holes for him.

102 responses to “Fred Taylor: It’s “a joke” that Tony Boselli was chosen best Jaguar ever over me

  1. When you’re told how special you are for your entire life it has to be hard when that ends. Remember, these athletes have been given one pass after another right up until their career ends.

  2. I’m not sure I agree with the idea that availability doesn’t factor in to this. Just like they say “you can;t make the club from the tub,” If you don’t carry the load long enough, it’s hard to say your contributions are greater than someone that did. However Fred’s rant won’t change anything so he would have been better served to be humble and let others defend him if they felt it appropriate.

  3. Someone needs to tell Fred leadership is a important factor and these comments infer he is missing that quality.

  4. I agree with Fred. The award is for the “best Jaguar of all-time,” not “Best Jaguar player when compared to other Jaguar players in the short window when they were at the peak of their abilities.”

    Longevity should count for something.

    Also, Fred saved my ass in fantasy one year.

  5. I’m just glad the #1 player in franchise history wasn’t the dude that cried on national TV because he thought someone used a football that more probable than not had slightly less than 12.5 psi of air in it.

  6. As an Eagles fan, I can’t help but wonder if Nick Foles will surpass both of them.

  7. I always gave Taylor a lot of credit for overcoming his early-career (and merited, at that point) “Fragile Fred” nickname – well, I don’t feel quite so good about it now! Even if he did clearly deserve to be picked ahead of Boselli – and that isn’t the case – there’s no need for him to be angry about it. Plus, throwing a teammate under the bus while heavily goosing your own legacy is…pretty darn arrogant. Too bad…

  8. Okay. So Fred Taylor is angry that he wasn’t chosen as the Jags’ best player. Well, I know how they can resolve this.
    Tony Boselli is 6’7″ and played at about 330 lbs and is 47 years old.
    Fred Taylor is 6’1″ and played at about 225 lbs and is 43 years old.
    So — put them in a boxing ring and give Fred Taylor a football. Tell him to run at Tony Boselli and if can get by him and touch the ropes behind Boselli, he’ll be moved up to #1. Taylor should have the advantage because he’s younger and Boselli was an offensive lineman, not a defensive lineman.
    But I know who I’m putting my money on. It would look like King Kong grabbing Fay Wray. Taylor would be on his backside before he had a chance to blink.

  9. What is so petty about this is he was at number TWO–just behind Boselli and ahead of Jimmy Smith, Maurice Jones-Drew, and Mark Brunell. Now, if he ends up at #10 looking up at Josh Scobee, sure there’d be some reason to be upset. But he flipped out after coming in #2 behind a guy NFL Films had rated the 6th best player NOT in the Hall of Fame.

  10. It’s not completely valid…doing some very well over a longer period of time should be ranked higher than a short burst….Nothing wrong with expressing his displeasure…considering he will be in the HOF one day….

  11. Isn’t the entire premise of deserving players not getting voted into the hall of fame because they don’t have career longevity.

    I think there’s a lot more o lineman with 10+ years of service than great backs.. So don’t take away from either side. Both deserving, but appreciate fTaylor point of view

  12. it’s classless for Taylor to denigrate the recognition of Boselli
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    Seems to be a lot of that in today’s NFL.

  13. Fred Taylor…still working on his humility skills. Failing miserably, but still working on it. On second thought, maybe not working so hard at it…

  14. Someone ought to tell Mr. Humility that this stupid list doesn’t really count for much in the grand scheme of things. If he actually was put first, what does he win? Oh yeah…about the same as his name being second or if it were 10th or left off entirely. Buy hey, if it makes him feel any better, he now comes in first on the biggest baby list in team history!

  15. Well then Fred, it’s ok to have a differing point of view, but to call it a joke regarding Boselli being picked over him is pretty disrespectful to his teammate.

  16. “Carried the team for 11 years” is quite an overstatement. He should just be glad he wasn’t voted behind Mark Brunell, Jimmy Smith, and Keenan McCardell, who are all Jaguars I think of before Fred Taylor.

  17. This is a bad look for Taylor. Better to have not said anything at all than to be remembered as a bitter jerk.

  18. I agree.

    Taylor also is a strong candidate for the HOF. Boselli barely played 6 seasons in the league!

    How do you play 6 years and then go to the HOF?

  19. Many RBs never seem to recognize that their production is mostly attributable to the big guys on the OL and their skill and athleticism. Jamal Lewis was a great RB with the Ravens and, for a while, held the single game rushing record, but he was not a more valuable Raven than Jonathan Ogden. JO, like Boselli, was a beast and one of the best left tackles of his era.

  20. bigbensbathroomseed says:
    August 1, 2019 at 10:06 am
    Fragile Fred better be careful, if he yells too much he will pull a hamstring……

    17 5 Rate This

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    At least he played more than 6 seasons. lmao

    Bruce Armstrong and Matt Light should be in the HOF if Boselli is. He was a very good player, but it’s strange how someone in the media starts pimping a guy, and then all of a sudden after 6 very good years, it qualifies them as a HOFer.

    At least Taylor’s production puts him into a discussion over a period of more than just 6 seasons.

    He has a 4.6 YPC and Bettis’s is 3.9.

    Just saying….People don’t even really pay attention, they just listen to what the media who apparently befriends some of these players, and what those people say.

  21. Before the shoulder injuries, Boselli was arguably he best LT I’ve ever seen.

    Fred Taylor may have been a top 10 back in his era, but all-time? Makes me chuckle merely pondering over that…

  22. anonymous135 says:
    August 1, 2019 at 10:19 am
    Both deserving, but appreciate fTaylor point of view
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    Taylor’s point of view isn’t the problem, his choice in how it was expressed however…

  23. Bruce Armstrong and Matt Light should be in the HOF if Boselli is.
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    Tony Boselli – 3x 1st team All-Pro

    .. Armstrong and Light – 1, COMBINED

  24. Guys like Fred Taylor and Terrell Owens prove that the old adage, “With age comes wisdom”, has some clear and obvious outliers.

  25. Man… can we just SAY the right things even if we do not mean it? How about: “Well, being the competitor that I am, I will always vote for myself. But Tony. Wow… he was a great player and certainly one of the greatest tackles in the game during his time. I have much respect for him.”

    Sheesh.

  26. Here’s the problem…Taylor is easily the most beloved Jaguar in franchise history. Much of Jaguars Twitter was coming to his defense. He didn’t need to say anything. Also…this is like high school superlatives. They don’t come with a cash prize or a gold jacket…

  27. I see his point. Just think about how many fewer Superbowl wins the Jaguars would have had without Fred Taylor.

  28. At least Taylor’s production puts him into a discussion over a period of more than just 6 seasons.

    He has a 4.6 YPC and Bettis’s is 3.9.
    =====

    Jamal Charles – 5.4

    Guess he’s in??

  29. tylawspick6 says:
    August 1, 2019 at 10:34 am
    bigbensbathroomseed says:
    August 1, 2019 at 10:06 am
    Fragile Fred better be careful, if he yells too much he will pull a hamstring……

    17 5 Rate This

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    At least he played more than 6 seasons. lmao

    Bruce Armstrong and Matt Light should be in the HOF if Boselli is. He was a very good player, but it’s strange how someone in the media starts pimping a guy, and then all of a sudden after 6 very good years, it qualifies them as a HOFer.

    At least Taylor’s production puts him into a discussion over a period of more than just 6 seasons.

    He has a 4.6 YPC and Bettis’s is 3.9.

    Just saying….People don’t even really pay attention, they just listen to what the media who apparently befriends some of these players, and what those people say.

    ————

    Bruce Armstrong was an absolute stud and one of the best offensive linemen in the history of the game. Just ask Bruce Smith. Matt Light? Please child….he was a turnstile….

  30. Tylawpick6,

    Taylor- 66 rushing td’s
    Bettis – 91 rushing td’s

    Stating Taylor was the better is not really an argument

  31. Fred Taylor: “I am the greatest running back! I can run through the giant holes created by the offensive line!”

  32. Jalen Ramsey thinks he’s #1, and it ain’t even close! “You tell me who’s better? You tell me.”

  33. He earned the nickname “Fragile Fred” because he was hurt so often. That moniker can also apply to his ego.

    What a tool. If he thinks he carried the team he needs a reality check. They have a LOT of good players on that team on both sides of the ball. They didn’t miss Fred that much when he was injured–which was a lot. I’m surprised he would be so childish as to erupt over being voted #2 on the team. I have to agree with Boselli being voted #1. I think the fourth paragraph in the story sums it up well.

  34. Whine, whine and whine. I am so sick of all the players and rapidly losing interest in the league overall.

  35. As a Jags fan, Freddy T just hurt his image with this rant. Boselli was great and would be in the HOF right now if his career hadn’t been cut short due to injuries. Freddy likes to forget that several early seasons of his were cut short as well due to injury. Both players are loved by the fan base and go to any Jags home game and you will see a bunch of Boselli and Taylor jerseys all these years after they retired. Fred should have just said “Thanks for voting me #2” and let it go. He’s acting like this is HOF voting when it is just a silly poll that is meaningless.

  36. This article is very misleading. Reading it implies that Boselli was hands down the best OT in football when he played and playing in the same era as Hall of Famers Willie Roaf, Walter Jones, Orlando Pace and Jonathan Ogden he simply wasn’t. Especially when you consider he was constantly injured.

    Again, all of those contemporaries are in the HOF. Boselli, a very good player, isn’t.

  37. Whatever your opinion is on how good Taylor was, even if you think he is the best Jag ever…heck, even if you somehow thought he was the best RB ever this is not a good look.
    If you were a great player for a franchise you shouldn’t be this whiny about not being the all time great. Not a good look at all

  38. It’s obviously not apples to apples because of position, but one of these guys is: in the College Football Hall of Fame, close to being in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, was on the all 90’s team, went to 5 Pro Bowls (when they meant just a bit more than today), was First Team All Pro 3 times, and did this while only playing 7 years.

    The other guy as a 1 time Pro Bowler and 1 time Second Team All Pro in his 11 years with the team (granted he was underrate a lot of the time).

    Both were great, but I mean you can see why they would go with Tony Boselli

  39. Not cool. I liked Fred. He was pure gold on my fantasy team his rookie year.

    But then again, so was MJD. Fred probably goes behind Brunnell and MJD too.

  40. lanman11 says:

    August 1, 2019 at 9:56 am

    I’m not sure I agree with the idea that availability doesn’t factor in to this. Just like they say “you can;t make the club from the tub,” If you don’t carry the load long enough, it’s hard to say your contributions are greater than someone that did. However Fred’s rant won’t change anything so he would have been better served to be humble and let others defend him if they felt it appropriate.
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    If availability factors in then it’s even more in favor of Boselli. In 11 years with the Jaguars Taylor missed 36 games or an average of 3.27 games a year, in Boselli 7 years he missed 21 games or an average of 3 a year. Boselli also played in all 16 games 3 times in his career where as Taylor only played in 16 twice in his 11 years with the Jags.

  41. After losing to the Titans three times in the 1999 season, Fred Taylor said that the Jaguars were a better team than the Titans.

  42. If I’ve seen it once, I’ve seen it a thousand times… The offensive linemen get all the credit. When will the poor running back finally get his due… All I ever hear about are the guys doing the blocking. 😀

  43. the early years of the Jacksonville Franchise had a LOT of great players, Fred Taylor was one of them for sure. Lot of great defensive guys as well. He really sounds like a jerk in this one. I wonder how his team mates felt about him then, and how they feel about him now.

  44. You’re right, Fred, you shouldn’t be number two. Jimmy Smith with his nine 1,000 seasons and durability should be ahead of you. Fred, you made like one Pro Bowl…In his best year rushing he finished sixth…with as many TDs as fumbles. C’mon Fred, give the Boss his due. Number two is ok.

  45. tylawspick6 says:

    August 1, 2019 at 10:34 am

    At least he played more than 6 seasons. lmao

    Bruce Armstrong and Matt Light should be in the HOF if Boselli is. He was a very good player, but it’s strange how someone in the media starts pimping a guy, and then all of a sudden after 6 very good years, it qualifies them as a HOFer.

    At least Taylor’s production puts him into a discussion over a period of more than just 6 seasons.

    He has a 4.6 YPC and Bettis’s is 3.9.

    Just saying….People don’t even really pay attention, they just listen to what the media who apparently befriends some of these players, and what those people say.
    ——
    To call them 6 very good years is a huge understatement and it shows maybe you should listen to the media or someone beside yourself. Boselli made the pro bowl all 5 years after his rookie season and was 1st team all pro in 3 seasons he was without doubt the #1 lt over his 6 years. Id rather have someone who is the best in the game for 6 years than your homer picks who were average or some years above average for 11 and 14 years
    As for your homerisms Armstrong was 1st team all pro 0 times and Matt Light once, hall of fame they are not.

  46. vikesfansteve says:
    August 1, 2019 at 9:57 am
    Fred Taylor also had to split a lot of carriers of MJD
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    Drew was only there the last 3 years of Taylor’s career, and Taylor still rushed for over 1,000 yards in two of the seasons…

  47. Neither one of them played long enough to be rated as “Best” at their respective positions. The key word is played…combined the two were injured longer than they played!

  48. Taylor was never even best at his position at any one time. If you’re assembling an NFL all-star team based on picking players at their peaks, Boselli gets consideration and Taylor wouldn’t be anywhere close.

    Taylor – very good player, fine for him to make a case for his status, but when you call an esteemed peer a joke – and that’s what this is – you simply look low-class.

  49. Maybe Taylor was in a bad mood and maybe should have waited because it’s now out there in the big bad internet forever. But if he he did give himself time, and still felt he had to deliver this outburst the right man got the no. 1

  50. Im not sure he should be ahead of Jimmy Smith, Smith has better regular season and playoff numbers. Dude is a Jville icon also.

  51. Boselli didn’t have 6 very good years. For five years (and arguably the latter part of his rookie season) he was an indomitable force and by far the best left tackle in a golden age of left tackles. I love Fred and he was a special player, but there was never a year where he was the best running back in football. Let’s put it another way: Boselli was First-Team All-pro for 50% of his career. Taylor won that honor exactly 0% of his career. I would argue that Jimmy Smith should be #2 and Taylor #3.

  52. Right off the top of my head I can come up with Gary Zimmerman and Willie Roaf as better offensive tackles than Boselli who played at the same time.

  53. I agree with Fred. Just tone it down a little. First off how bad does a team have to be if there very best player all time is an offensive lineman? Secondly an Offensive lineman who only played half a career at the most. Boselli was great we all know that. I just go with Fred. And I’m an FSU fan!

  54. Fred has a point. Jaguar fans know that Fred Taylor was one of the truly great running backs. An unbelievably great player, just unknown because he played in a small market. Heck, ask the Steelers, he put 234 yards on them in their stadium.

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