Jacksonville Jaguars fans may remember the saga of former running back Fred Taylor and his agent Tank Black.
Back in the late 1990s, Black lost a reported $3.6 million of Taylor’s money in a series of scams that landed the agent in prision. For the first time since the incident, Taylor talked to the man he called “Pops” this summer and forgave the man who stole his money.
Not only did Taylor forgive Black for taking his money, but he thanked him for making him the man he is today.
Taylor grew up in the poor Everglades area of Florida and was raised by his grandmother, so he went through high school and most of college without a strong male role model. That is where Black came in.
Black, a former assistant football coach at South Carolina, got his big break as an agent when he signed Taylor and he was drafted in the first round of the 1998 NFL Draft. The following year, five of Black’s clients were drafted in the first round and he quickly became one of the most successful agents of the late 90s.
A few years later, Black was being charged with money laundering and defrauding millions of dollars from his NFL clients. At first Taylor defended his agent and mentor, but soon found himself applying for a loan during the offseason in 2001 because he was out of money. Taylor was so stressed by the situation that he considered leaving football.
Taylor eventually testified against his former agent in 2002 in the trial that put Black in jail through 2008.
Fortunately for Taylor he had a long and successful NFL career that allowed him to earn back the money Black lost and then some.