Former Jacksonville Jaguars running back Fred Taylor will be inducted into the team’s ring of honor on Sunday more commonly known as Pride of the Jaguars.
Taylor will become the second former Jaguars player to be inducted into the Pride, following former offensive lineman and the first overall draft pick in franchise history Tony Boselli.
Taylor played 11 seasons for the Jaguars after the team drafted him out of the University of Florida in the first round of the 1998 NFL Draft. He played the final two seasons of his 13-season NFL career with the New England Patriots before retiring prior to the 2011 season.
For his career, Taylor ran for 11,695 yards which is good enough for 15th on the NFL’s all-time leading rushers list. The question is whether or not Taylor deserves a spot in Canton when he becomes eligible in 2015.
With the exception of Jerome Bettis, Edgerrin James, Corey Dillon and the not-yet-eligible LaDainian Tomlinson, everyone in the top 18 has been elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Despite putting up great numbers throughout his career, Taylor was only selected to one Pro Bowl and one All-Pro team following the 2007 season. Perhaps the biggest knock on his career is that he never quite got the attention he deserved playing in one of the NFL’s smallest media markets in Jacksonville.
I’m not claiming that Taylor deserves the honor of being a sure fire, first-ballot Hall of Famer, an honor only reserved for the truly elite talents in the history of the NFL. However, I do believe that Taylor does deserve to be in the halls of Canton someday in the future.
Taylor is already a Hall of Famer in the eyes of all Jaguars fans, on Sunday they will get a chance to show their appreciation for a great career.