Fred Taylor: I belong in the Hall of Fame

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Former Jaguars running back Fred Taylor doesn’t think he’s been properly appreciated.

Taylor, who previously complained when he was voted the second-best player in Jaguars history, said on NFL Network that he also believes he should be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

“Obviously I think I belong,” Taylor said. “It’s not in my hands. I think the voters, after doing a deep dive, they’ll understand that I belong there too. I really believe I had a solid career, and hopefully the writers will understand that one day.”

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. Taylor has never been one of the 15 finalists for the Hall of Fame, and it’s unlikely he’ll ever get in.

71 responses to “Fred Taylor: I belong in the Hall of Fame

  1. Fred Taylor isn’t a HOF but he’s far better than this article seems to suggest he is. First of all, you seem to be omitting years of his career. For example, in 2003 Taylor ran for 1572 yards, 5th best in the league. He also was 2nd in rushing TD’s during his rookie years. But please don’t mention these things, it doesn’t fit your script that he was never an elite RB at any juncture of his career.

  2. Taylor should learn from HOFer Harry Carson: Pretend you don’t care anymore.
    Just like Red from “The Shawshank Redemption”…
    “So you go on and stamp your form, sonny, and stop wasting my time.”

  3. Zach Thomas was a 7X Pro Bowler & 5X All Pro and hes not in yet. So you’re probably going to have to wait Fred

  4. I’m sure I won’t be the first,but…Hall of Lame! A greatly talented player that seemed to be off the field due to injury more than he was on the field making amazing plays.

  5. Having a “solid career” is not the same as having a “hall of fame” career.

    That’s the problem – too many people think that just doing their job and being “decent” makes them something super special and that they should be rewarded for it.

  6. He was a very good running back. IMHO, not HOF running back. The nickname “Fragile Fred” does not help.

  7. I don’t think Taylor’s a HOFer. However it is hard to argue against him when you have the likes of Bettis in there. This is what happens when you let everyone in. Everyone starts to think they belong in there.

  8. heLLpaso says:
    November 9, 2019 at 8:32 am

    Fred Taylor isn’t a HOF but he’s far better than this article seems to suggest he is. First of all, you seem to be omitting years of his career. For example, in 2003 Taylor ran for 1572 yards, 5th best in the league. He also was 2nd in rushing TD’s during his rookie years. But please don’t mention these things, it doesn’t fit your script that he was never an elite RB at any juncture of his career.

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    Do you read what you write? How about a little critical thinking about it?

    First, he was 5th in rushing in one year, so are the other four all in the HOF? HE WAS 5TH! IT WAS ONE YEAR! LOL. Second, being SECOND in TDs for ONE year also is nothing as it relates to a HOF career. If he did that every year, then, even 2nd might be worthy of note.

  9. After seeing guys like Lynn Swann and Jerome Bettis get in, Taylor may be a Hall of Famer by that standard. Neither Swann nor Bettis were top 5 guys when they played.

  10. joetoronto says:
    November 9, 2019 at 9:20 am

    He’s better than Bettis but he doesn’t belong in the HOF.
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    I am not a Steelers’ fan, so it is not fanboy when I say that Taylor’s career was not better then Bettis’. Personally, I would not have put Bettis in the HOF either.

    Between the two, Bettis led total yards 13,662 to 11,695.

    Taylor lead average 4.6 to 3.9, but we all know that a lot more of Bettis’ runs were from the one yard line, which can skew this figure.

    Bettis lead rushing TDs 91 to 66, which is a wide margin in a very important category.

    Taylor was a better receiver, but overall, the numbers were not that large and they are running backs first: 2,384 to 1449 yards and 8 to 3 TDs.

    They are not far apart statistically except in the TD category, but Taylor was not better by any stretch of the imagination.

  11. Maybe in 50 years if they commission another “blue-ribbon panel,” that has its own special voting rules, and is accountable to no one, and IF he has a friend or former teammate on the panel he can get in in a special 15 member class.

  12. I’m of the opinion that if you have to tell someone you belong somewhere, you don’t. It’s that simple.

    The hall of fame is supposed to be for unquestionably great players. If they have to spend time nitpicking his career, he doesn’t belong.

    He was a great player, but probably not worthy of the hall of fame.

  13. Big fan of Taylor but not a prayer for HOF….. his stats just don’t cut it…. good average player is what he was, MAYBE a tad above average

  14. Taylor must have been talking to Donovan McNabb. Jim Taylor, Otis Taylor, Lawrence Taylor:yes. Fred: no.

  15. Dude very likely had HOF Talent….and he was a VERY GOOD player..but not HOF.

    My test for HOF is when a guy’s name is brought up – if it ain’t “Oh HELL YEAH he belongs”….then they probably dont belong.

  16. “So I guess Frank Gore shouldn’t get in either? He’s been good, never great during his career”

    He probably doesn’t belong based on skill either. If he makes it, it’s entirely due to his longevity. That’s really the only thing elite about him.

  17. tylawspick6 says:
    November 9, 2019 at 10:39 am
    Corey Dillon to the Hall of Fame

    You know, they actually do have very comparable numbers. But yeah, I think they (and Bettis, for the record) belong in that Hall of Very Good tier. And honestly, there shouldn’t be any damn shame in that, playing well for a decade or more in the most chew-’em-up-and-spit-’em-out position in the Not For Long.

  18. Taylor is one of the best RB’s in NFL history with some frustrating injuries. But he was also burned by playing in Jacksonville. In a bigger market he would have shined more.

  19. His problem is that he didn’t play for the Steelers or Cowboys. Put him or Corey Dillon on one of those teams and they would be in the HOF.

  20. Ya but Fred you were playing in the ‘we still run the ball a lot’ and pass some times era. 1,000 yards wasn’t that big a deal back in those days. It was kind of a benchmark and lots of backs were getting at least that much. It was a good year not a great year. You have seven good years, but not hall of fame years or you would be in already.

  21. Taylor was a very good player and at least worthy of consideration, but he’s ranted on this issue before and appears to view his snubbing to this point to be especially egregious which, relative to several others, it simply isn’t.

  22. Not really an attitude I want to make a case for, but the only players ahead of him on the all-time rushing list who are not in the Hall of Fame are Frank Gore (will be), Adrian Peterson (will be), and Edgerrin James.

  23. *
    * ThinSkinFlorio says: 
November 9, 2019 at
Do you read what you write? How about a little critical thinking about it?
First, he was 5th in rushing in one year, so are the other four all in the HOF? HE WAS 5TH! IT WAS ONE YEAR! LOL. Second, being SECOND in TDs for ONE year also is nothing as it relates to a HOF career. If he did that every year, then, even 2nd might be worthy of note.
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    Can you comprehend basic language? I clearly said he was not a HOF. Before you piss over someone, learn basic English. Did you even read the article? It was clear bias toward Taylor with a false narrative. It said Taylor was never in the top 5 in rushing. He was. They listed incorrect information to make him look bad, while completely omitting similar traits that may look good. Assuming that I believe he’s a HOF because of this is ludicrous, especially after I clearly stated, now for the third time, that he is not a HOF. Yes, Taylor is delusional thinking he’s a HOF but the writer is making him out to be a little better than average. Some side said he had a”solid” career. That is also laughable. 7 time 1000 yard rushers do not grow on trees.

  24. This is why they a “Hall of Very Good, for a Long Time”. Santana Moss had six 1,000 yard seasons, Casey Hayward anchored the D-Line for a dominant Steelers defense for nearly a decade, Fred Taylor had seven 1,000 yards seasons.

    Why nitpick over the Hall of Fame when you can be acknowledged in the Hall of “hey, do you remember that guy? Man, he was really good”

  25. johnnycantread says:
    November 9, 2019 at 8:32 am
    Taylor should learn from HOFer Harry Carson: Pretend you don’t care anymore.
    Just like Red from “The Shawshank Redemption”…
    “So you go on and stamp your form, sonny, and stop wasting my time.”

    Yeah. But the type of jaded attitude and plain I don’t care attitude only came with years of getting his hopes up and rejection.

  26. When Fred Taylor was healthy he was an amazing running back. As a rookie Taylor started 12 games and had nearly 1650 total yards and 17 touchdowns. Taylor was a real monster back then.

    Hall of Fame running back and NFL legend Jim Brown called Taylor the best running back in pro football. Taylor is one of only 3 players (Jim Brown-Barry Sanders) in NFL history to have 7 years with at least 200 carries and 4.5 YPC. And Taylor is ranked 4th in runs of 50 plus yards.

    If Taylor had played in a bigger market he would have likely gotten to more Pro Bowls. In the end I would say injuries probably robbed Fred Taylor from a HOF career. Injuries and a few time share years with James Stewart and Maurice Jones-Drew are what keeps Taylor from serious consideration.

  27. Half of you chumps commenting never watched Fred Taylor play. Do yourself a favor and go check them out on youtube

  28. When Freddy T retired he was the 15th leading rusher in NFL history. He’s still top 20 all time. He had over 12,000 rushing yards and over 14,000 yards from scrimmage total. Those are HoF numbers. Period.

  29. I absolutely agree with him. Over his 13 year career, he rushed for 11,695 yds, a 4.6 ypc avg and 66 rushing TDs. His receiving numbers are also impressive with 290 receptions for 2384 yds for a 8.2 ypr avg and 8 TDs. If that’s not good enough for any RB to get into the HOF then what is?

  30. To be fair he was as good as Bettis, Gore, and Dillon in their primes

    Might as well add Westbrook and Forte to the list

    Then again, Ricky Watters was better than all of them and he’s not in.

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