The Jacksonville Jaguars will honor record-setting running back Fred Taylor this season by inducting him into the Pride of the Jaguars, the team’s ring of honor.
Taylor will become only the second player in team history recognized in this way, joining former All-Pro offensive tackle Tony Boselli, who was the first inductee in 2006. Former Jaguars owners Wayne and Delores Weaver were inducted at their last game as owners on Jan. 1.
Taylor will be honored on Sept. 30 with "Jaguars Alumni Weekend Honoring Fred Taylor." The Jaguars will host the Cincinnati Bengals that day in their second regular-season home game. Kickoff is scheduled for 4:05 p.m. at EverBank Field.
Many former Jaguars players will be invited to participate in the weekend.
"While I am new to Jacksonville and the Jaguars, I fully understand that Fred Taylor is a Jaguars icon and one of the greatest Jaguars players ever," said Jaguars owner Shahid Khan. "Fred has earned his place in the Pride of the Jaguars, both with his record-setting performances on the field as well as with his involvement in the Jacksonville community throughout his career. That’s what I hear from Jaguars fans, and that’s what I’ve personally seen as well. There are a lot of reasons that Fred remains one of the most popular players to wear the Jaguars uniform, and I'm pleased to announce that we will recognize him this fall."
Taylor played for the Jaguars for 11 seasons, from 1998-2008, after being drafted ninth overall in the first round of the 1998 draft. Following two seasons with the New England Patriots, he returned to Jacksonville to retire in a ceremony at EverBank Field on Sept. 2.
Taylor ranks as the Jaguars’ record holder in many categories, including career rushing yards, yards from scrimmage and all-purpose yards. He rushed for 100 yards in a game 48 times, another Jaguars record.
Taylor ranks as the 15th-leading rusher in NFL history, with 11,695 career rushing yards, and he became the 21st player in NFL history to rush for 10,000 yards in his career. In 2007, he was finally recognized with one long-overdue honor –- his selection to the Pro Bowl.
In seven of his 11 seasons in Jacksonville, Taylor rushed for more than 1,000 yards. He’s one of only three players -– along with Brad Meester and Jimmy Smith -– to play 11 seasons in a Jaguars uniform.