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 21   Fred Taylor   RB
  Height: 6-1   Weight: 228
  Year: 13   Yrs/Pat: 2
  Acquired: FA-09
  School: Florida
  Born: Jan 27, 1976    

Career Transactions

Fred Taylor was signed by the Patriots as a free agent on Feb. 27, 2009 ... Originally selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the first round (ninth overall) of the 1998 NFL Draft ... Signed by the Jaguars (7/6/98) ... Re-signed by the Jaguars (3/23/03) ... Re-signed by the Jaguars (3/1/07) ... Placed on injured reserve with a thumb injury (12/11/08) ... Released by the Jaguars (2/16/09).



Career Highlights

Career GP/GS (Playoffs): 153/137 (8/7)

  • Taylor joined the Patriots in 2009 after spending his first 11 NFL seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars (1998-2008).
  • Taylor has totaled 11,695 career rushing yards, placing him 15th on the NFL's all-time career rushing list and second among all active players.
  • Taylor is the Jaguars' all-time leader in rushing yards (11,271), yards from scrimmage (13,632), rushing touchdowns (62), overall touchdowns (70) and 100-yard rushing games (48).
  • Taylor has recorded seven seasons with 1,000 or more rushing yards, tying the tenth-highest total in NFL history.
  • Taylor earned his first career Pro Bowl nod in 2007, leading the Jaguars with 1,202 rushing yards and finishing the year with five straight 100-yard rushing games.
  • Taylor became the 21st player in NFL history to reach 10,000 career rushing yards, accomplishing the feat on Nov. 11, 2007 at Tennessee.
  • After missing 14 games with a groin injury in 2001, he put together a three-year run (2002-04) during which he averaged more than 1,700 yards from scrimmage per year.
  • Taylor rushed for 100 yards in nine consecutive games in 2000, tied with Walter Payton for the third-longest streak in NFL history behind Barry Sanders (14), Marcus Allen (11), and Chris Johnson (11).
  • In 1999, Taylor was solid in the playoffs, breaking the 100-yard rushing mark in both of Jacksonville's postseason games and recording the longest run in NFL playoff history - a 90-yard touchdown against Miami on Jan. 15, 2000.
  • As a rookie in 1998, Taylor recorded 14 rushing touchdowns and 17 overall touchdowns, with both figures still standing as career highs and Jaguars team records. Taylor also led all NFL rookies with 1,223 rushing yards and 1,644 yards from scrimmage.


2010 Season

2010 (7/0, 0/0)

  • Missed extensive time due to injury, finishing the season with 43 rushes for 155 yards.
  • Rushed 14 times for 71 yards in the Bengals game (9/12), including a 24-yard run in the first quarter - the longest of his Patriots career.


2009 Season

2009 (6/1, 1/0)

  • Played in six games with one start at running back while making 63 carries for 269 yards with four rushing touchdowns and collecting two receptions for 17 yards.
  • Missed 10 games due to an injury that occurred in the victory vs. Baltimore (10/4).
  • Returned to action vs. Jacksonville (12/27) as the Patriots beat the Jaguars 35-7 to claim the AFC East title.
  • Made his Patriots debut vs. Buffalo (9/14) in the season-opener and scored on a 1-yard run in the second quarter.
  • Registered his 49th career 100-yard game and first as a member of the Patriots vs. Atlanta (9/27) with 105 yards on 21 carries for a 5.0-yard average. With a 19-yard run in the second quarter, moved past John Riggins (11,352) into 15th place on the NFL's all-time rushing list.
  • Tallied his ninth career multi-touchdown game in the regular-season finale at Houston (1/3), when he scored on a 4-yard run in the first quarter and an 11-yard run in the fourth quarter.


2008 Season

2008 (13/13 - Jacksonville)

  • Played in 13 games and had 556 yards on 143 carries.
  • Placed on injured reserve with a thumb injury (12/12).
  • Jaguars team captain for the second consecutive season.
  • Became the 18th NFL player to surpass 11,000 yards against Detroit (11/9).
  • Surpassed 13,000 yards from scrimmage in the season opener against Tennessee (9/7).
  • Recorded his first 100-yard rushing game of the season at Indianapolis (9/21), finishing with 121 yards on 26 carries (4.7 avg.).
  • Led the team with 18 carries for 80 yards against Detroit (11/9).
  • Led the team with 67 rushing yards on nine carries with one touchdown against Houston (12/1).
  • Scored his 70th career touchdown in the fourth quarter to surpass Jimmy Smith (69) for the Jaguars franchise record.
  • Rushed 13 times for 53 yards against Chicago (12/7) and moved into 16th place in NFL history with 11,271 rushing yards, surpassing O.J. Simpson (11,236) and Corey Dillon (11,241).


2007 Season

2007 (15/15, 2/2 - Jacksonville)

  • Started 15 games as team captain and led team in rushing with 223 carries for 1,202 yards and five touchdowns.
  • Finished with five 100-yard games and was only player in the NFL to record five straight 100-plus-yard rushing games.
  • Earned first Pro Bowl trip of his career and was named to second-team Associated Press All-Pro Team.
  • Became the 21st player in NFL history to reach 10,000 career rushing yards and set the franchise's career record for yards from scrimmage and all-purpose yards.
  • Ranked fifth in the AFC in rushing yards and led the AFC with a career-best 5.4 average per rush.
  • Tied for first in NFL with career-high four rushes of 50-plus yards and finished with two of the four longest rushes in the NFL.
  • Set a Jaguars' team record with 80-yard touchdown run against Carolina (12/9).
  • Ranked second in the NFL with 36 rushes of 10-plus yards and tied for fourth with eight rushes of 20-plus yards.
  • Teamed with Maurice Jones-Drew (167-768, 9 TDs) to rank second in the NFL as a duo for the second consecutive year with 1,970 rushing yards.
  • Recorded 20 carries for 85 yards against San Diego (11/18) and surpassed Jimmy Smith (12,285) for most career yards from scrimmage in team history.
  • Registered his first 100-yard rushing game of the season against Buffalo (11/25) as he totaled 104 yards on 14 carries with one touchdown.
  • Scored on a 50-yard run and became only the third Jaguar to reach 400 career points (Mike Hollis, Jimmy Smith).
  • Became only player in NFL in 2007 to record 100-plus rushing yards in five consecutive games as he finished with 111 rushing yards on only seven carries (15.9 avg.) against Oakland (12/23).
  • Led team with 47 yards in AFC Divisional Playoff Game against the Patriots (1/12) and topped Jimmy Smith (647) for the team record with 682 career postseason yards from scrimmage.


2006 Season

2006 (15/15 - Jacksonville)

  • Started 15 games and finished with a team-high 231 carries for 1,146 yards and five touchdowns.
  • Posted then career-high 5.0-yards per carry average and had four games with 100-plus yards in addition to 23 receptions for 242 yards and one touchdown.
  • Teamed with Maurice Jones-Drew (166-941-13 TDs) for the most rushing yards by a duo in team history with 2,087.
  • Jaguars came within 59 yards of becoming only the fifth team in NFL history to have two 1,000-yard rushers in a season.


2005 Season

2005 (11/11, 1/1 - Jacksonville)

  • Started and played in 11 games and was inactive for five games due to injuries.
  • Led team with 787 yards on 194 carries and tied for third with three rushing touchdowns and registered 13 receptions for 83 yards.
  • Rushed for 100-plus yards in three games.
  • Surpassed 8,000-yard rushing mark in his career.


2004 Season

2004 (14/14 - Jacksonville)

  • Started and played in 14 games.
  • Ended a streak of 46 consecutive starts, which was the third longest active streak in the NFL for running backs at the time, after injuring his left knee in Week 15.
  • Rushed for team-high 1,224 yards on 260 carries.
  • Ranked seventh in the AFC and 10th in the NFL in rushing yards and sixth in the AFC and ninth in the NFL in total yards from scrimmage with 1,569 yards (1,224 rushing, 345 yards receiving).
  • Caught 36 passes for 345 yards and one touchdown
  • Went over 7,500 yards rushing for his career and finished the season 552 yards shy of 10,000 all-purpose yards.
  • For the fifth time in seven seasons went over 1,000 yards (1998, 2000, 2002, 2003 and 2004).


2003 Season

2003 (16/16 - Jacksonville)

  • Started and played in all 16 games for the second consecutive season and rushed for 1,572 yards on 345 carries, both team-records.
  • Ranked fourth in the AFC and sixth in the NFL in yards rushing and fourth in the AFC and sixth in the NFL in total yards from scrimmage with 1,942 yards (1,572 rushing, 370 yards receiving).
  • Had second-most receptions in career with 48 for 370 yards and one touchdown.
  • Rushed for over 100 yards in seven games and in six of the final eight games of the season.


2002 Season

2002 (16/16 - Jacksonville)

  • Started and played in all 16 games for first time in career.
  • Finished season with team-leading 1,314 yards rushing, the third-highest total in team history.
  • Also totaled 1,722 total yards from scrimmage, setting a then team single-season record.
  • Rushed 287 times for 4.6-yard average and eight touchdowns.
  • Set career high with 49 receptions (second on team) for 408 yards (8.3 average, 72 long).
  • Ranked seventh in the AFC in rushing and ninth in AFC in yards from scrimmage.
  • His 4.6-yard average per carry ranked fifth among AFC backs.


2001 Season

2001 (2/2 - Jacksonville)

  • Played in the first two games of the season before missing the next 14 games of the season with a groin injury.
  • Had 30 rushes for 116 yards (3.9 average) and caught two passes for 13 yards.


2000 Season

2000 (13/13 - Jacksonville)

  • Finished season with 1,399 yards rushing (fifth in AFC and sixth in NFL) despite missing three games.
  • His 4.8-yard average per carry ranked third among AFC backs, and his 14 touchdowns tied for fifth in AFC.
  • His 292 carries established a then team record and scored 14 touchdowns (12 rushing, two receiving), the second-highest total in Jaguars history.
  • Also had 36 receptions for 240 yards (19 long).
  • Scored touchdowns in the final seven games of the season.


1999 Season

1999 (10/9, 2/2 - Jacksonville)

  • Started nine of 10 games played, missing six with a hamstring injury.
  • Ranked second on team with 732 yards on 159 carries (4.6-yard average, 52 long) and six touchdowns.
  • Played in two postseason games, turning in two 100-yard games and finishing with 245 yards on 37 carries and one touchdown, as well as three receptions for 55 yards with one touchdown.
  • Had three 100-yard games during the regular season, in addition to two in the playoffs.


1998 Season

1998 (15/12, 2/2 - Jacksonville)

  • As a rookie, had at the time the best season by a running back in Jaguars history, setting 29 team records.
  • Rushed 264 times for 1,223 yards (4.6-yard average) and 14 touchdowns and caught 44 passes for 421 yards and three touchdowns.
  • Led all NFL rookies with 1,223 rushing yards and 1,644 total yards.
  • Finished rookie campaign as the sixth-leading rusher in AFC and 10th in NFL.
  • Posted six 100-yard rushing games, then a team record, the most by an NFL rookie since 1995 (Curtis Martin, nine).
  • Scored 17 total touchdowns (tied for second in NFL) and 14 rushing touchdowns, team single-season records.
  • Tied for the second-most TDs in the NFL behind Terrell Davis (23).
  • Only player in NFL with more than 1,200 yards rushing, 12 rushing TDs, a 4.5-yard average per carry, 40 or more receptions and 1,600 yards total offense.
  • His 4.6-yard rushing average was fifth in NFL.
  • Finished third in voting for Rookie of the Year by Associated Press.
  • Named NFL Offensive Rookie of the Month in both September and December, becoming the first player to win the award twice, and was named NFL Player of the Week for his Nov. 15 performance vs. Tampa Bay.
  • His rushing total of 162 yards against the Patriots (1/3) ranked third in NFL postseason history for a rookie.
  • Named NFL Offensive Player of the Week for the Wild Card weekend, becoming the first rookie to win the award.


Seasonal Reviews

2008 (13/13 - Jacksonville): Played in 13 games and had 556 yards on 143 carries ... Placed on injured reserve with a thumb injury (12/12) ... Jaguars team captain for the second consecutive season. Became the 18th NFL player to surpass 11,000 yards against Detroit (11/9) ... Surpassed 13,000 yards from scrimmage in the season opener against Tennessee (9/7) ... Recorded his first 100-yard rushing game of the season at Indianapolis (9/21) ... Finished with 121 yards on 26 carries (4.7 avg.) with a long of 34 ... Started at RB and led the team with 10 rushes for 19 yards against Pittsburgh (10/5) ... Led the team with 18 carries for 80 yards against Detroit (11/9) ... Led the team with 67 rushing yards on nine carries with one touchdown against Houston (12/1) ... Scored his 70th career touchdown in the fourth quarter to surpass Jimmy Smith (69) for the Jaguars franchise record ... Rushed 13 times for 53 yards against Chicago (12/7) and moved into 16th place in NFL history with 11,271 rushing yards surpassing O.J. Simpson (11,236) and Corey Dillon (11,241).

2007 (15/15, 2/2 - Jacksonville): Started 15 games as team captain and led team in rushing with 223 carries for 1,202 yards and five touchdowns ... Finished with five 100-yard games and was only player in the NFL to record five straight 100-plus yard rushing games ... Earned first Pro Bowl trip of his career as first alternate and was named to second-team Associated Press All-Pro Team ... Became the 21st player in NFL history to reach 10,000 career rushing yards and set the franchise's career record for yards from scrimmage and all-purpose yards ... Ranked fifth in the AFC in rushing yards and led the AFC with a career-best 5.4 average per rush ... Had more than 15 rushes in only eight of 15 games ... Tied for first in NFL with career-high four rushes of 50-plus yards and finished with two of the four longest rushes in the NFL ... Set team record with 80-yard touchdown run on Dec. 9 against Carolina ... Ranked second in the NFL with 36 rushes of 10-plus yards and tied for fourth with eight rushes of 20-plus yards ... Teamed with Maurice Jones-Drew (167-768, 9 TDs) to rank second in the NFL as a duo for the second consecutive year with 1,970 rushing yards ... Recorded 20 carries for 85 yards against San Diego (11/18) and surpassed Jimmy Smith (12,285) for most career yards from scrimmage in team history ... Registered his first 100-yard rushing game of the season against Buffalo (11/25) as he totaled 104 yards on 14 carries with one touchdown ... Scored on a 50-yard run in the first quarter and became only the third Jaguar to reach 400 career points (Mike Hollis, Jimmy Smith) ... Became only player in NFL in 2007 to record 100-plus rushing yards in five consecutive games as he finished with 111 rushing yards on only seven carries (15.9 avg.) against Oakland (12/23) ... Led team with 13 rushes for 47 yards in AFC Divisional Playoff Game against the Patriots (1/12) ... Surpassed Jimmy Smith (647) for the team record with 682 career postseason yards from scrimmage.

2006 (15/15 - Jacksonville): Started 15 games and finished with team-high 231 carries for 1,146 yards and five touchdowns ... Posted career-high 5.0-yards per carry average and had four games with 100-plus yards ... Added 23 receptions for 242 yards and one touchdown ... Teamed with Maurice Jones-Drew (166-941-13 TDs) for the most rushing yards by a duo in team history with 2,087 ... Jaguars came within 59 yards of becoming only the fifth team in NFL history to have two 1,000-yard rushers in a season.

2005 (11/11, 1/1 - Jacksonville): Started and played in 11 games and was inactive for five games with injuries ... Led team with 787 yards on 194 carries and tied for third with three rushing touchdowns ... Rushed for 100-plus yards in three games ... Added 13 receptions for 83 yards ... Surpassed 8,000 career rushing yards, , becoming only the seventh active player to do so.

2004 (14/14 - Jacksonville): Started and played in 14 games ... Ended a streak of 46 consecutive starts after injuring his left knee in Week 15. 46 game streak was the third-longest active streak in the NFL for running backs ... Rushed for team-high 1,224 yards on 260 carries ... Ranked seventh in the AFC and 10th in the NFL in rushing yards and sixth in the AFC and ninth in the NFL in total yards from scrimmage with 1,569 yards (1,224 rushing, 345 yards receiving) ... Caught 36 passes for 345 yards and one touchdown ... Went over 7,500 yards rushing and finished season 552 yards shy of 10,000 all-purpose yards for career ... Rushed for over 100 yards in five games and team was 3-2 in those games ... For the fifth time in seven seasons went over 1,000 yards (1998, 2000, 2002, 2003 and 2004).

2003 (16/16 - Jacksonville): Started and played in all 16 games for the second consecutive season ... Rushed for 1,572 yards on 345 carries, both team-records ... Ranked fourth in the AFC and sixth in the NFL in yards rushing and fourth in the AFC and sixth in the NFL in total yards from scrimmage with 1,942 yards (1,572 rushing, 370 yards receiving) ... Had second-most receptions in career with 48 for 370 yards and one touchdown ... Went over 6,000 yards rushing ... Rushed for over 100 yards in seven games and in six of the final eight games of the season.

2002 (16/16 - Jacksonville): Started and played in all 16 games for first time in career ... Finished season with teamleading 1,314 yards rushing, the third-highest total in team history ... Also totaled 1,722 total yards from scrimmage, setting a then team single-season record ... Rushed 287 times for 4.6-yard average and eight touchdowns ... Set career high with 49 receptions (second on team) for 408 yards (8.3 average, 72 long) ... Ranked seventh in AFC in rushing and ninth in AFC in yards from scrimmage ... One of six players on offense to start every game ... Led team in rushing in 14 games and in receiving in three games ... His 4.6-yard average per carry ranked fifth among AFC backs.

2001 (2/2 - Jacksonville): Missed the final 14 games of the season with a groin injury ... Played in two games, rushing 30 times for 116 yards (3.9 average) and catching two passes for 13 yards.

2000 (13/13 - Jacksonville): Finished season with 1,399 yards rushing (fifth in AFC and sixth in NFL) despite missing three-and-a-half games ... His 4.8-yard average per carry ranked third among AFC backs, and his 14 touchdowns tied for fifth in AFC ... Carried then teamrecord 292 times ... Scored 14 touchdowns (12 rushing, two receiving), the second-highest total in Jaguars history ... Also had 36 receptions for 240 yards (19 long) ... Scored touchdowns in the final seven games of the season.

1999 (10/9, 2/2 - Jacksonville): Started nine of 10 games played, missing six entirely with a hamstring injury and was limited in several others ... Ranked second on team with 732 yards on 159 carries (4.6-yard average, 52 long) and six touchdowns ... Was healthy in the postseason, turning in two 100-yard games and finishing with 245 yards on 37 carries (6.6 average, 90t long) and one TD, as well as three receptions for 55 yards (18.3 average, 39t long) and one TD ... Had three 100-yard games during the regular season, in addition to two in the playoffs.

1998 (15/12, 2/2 - Jacksonville): Had at the time the best season by a running back in Jaguars history, setting 29 team records ... Rushed 264 times for 1,223 yards (4.6- yard average) and 14 touchdowns and caught 44 passes for 421 yards and three touchdowns ... Led all NFL rookies with 1,223 rushing yards and 1,644 total yards despite having fewer than seven carries in a game five times ... Finished rookie campaign as the sixth-leading rusher in AFC and 10th in NFL ... Led all rookie rushers despite starting only 12 of 15 games ... Posted then-team-record six 100-yard rushing games, the most by an NFL rookie since 1995 (Curtis Martin, nine) ... Was the only NFL player with touchdowns of more than 75 yards both running and receiving ... Scored 17 total touchdowns (tied for second in NFL) and 14 rushing TDs, team single-season records ... Tied for the second-most TDs in the NFL behind Terrell Davis (23) ... Only player in NFL with more than 1,200 yards rushing, 12 rushing TDs, a 4.5-yard average per carry, 40 or more receptions and 1,600 yards total offense ... Finished fourth in AFC with 1,644 total yards from scrimmage ... His 4.6-yard rushing average was fifth in NFL ... Finished third in voting for Rookie of the Year by Associated Press, despite having 327 more total yards, two more 100-yard games and as many touchdowns as Minnesota's Randy Moss ... Selected as second alternate for the Pro Bowl ... Named NFL Offensive Rookie of the Month in both September and December, becoming the first player to win the award twice, and was the Miller Lite NFL Player of the Week for his November 15 performance vs. Tampa Bay ... His rushing total of 162 yards against the Patriots (1/3) ranked third in NFL postseason history for a rookie, trailing only 204 by Washington's Timmy Smith (1/31/88 vs. Denver) and 165 by L.A. Chargers' Paul Lowe (1/1/61 vs. Houston) ... Named NFL Offensive Player of the Week for the Wild Card weekend, becoming the first rookie to win the award.



College

  • Played four seasons at Florida (1994-97) and ranked fourth on school's all-time rushing list with 3,075 yards.
  • Carried 537 times for a 5.7-yard average and 31 touchdowns.
  • Played in three bowl games in four years and the Gators were 14-0 when he rushed for 100 yards.
  • Third-team All-America selection by Associated Press and The Sporting News as a senior in 1997, when he was a consensus All-Southeastern Conference first-team pick and team captain.
  • Team's leading rusher with 1,292 yards on 214 carries (6.0-yard average) and 13 touchdowns.
  • Ranked second in conference and 12th in nation, averaging 117.5 yards per game.
  • As a junior in 1996, appeared in nine games with two starts.
  • Rushed for 629 yards and five touchdowns on 104 carries (6.0-yard average) and caught eight passes for 120 yards (15.0 average).
  • Played in six games as a sophomore, rushing for 281 yards and five TDs on 48 carries (5.9 average).
  • Named team's Most Outstanding Running Back as a true freshman in 1994, while carrying the ball 171 times for 873 yards (5.1-yard average) and eight touchdowns.


Personal

  • Frederick Antwon Taylor was born on Jan. 27, 1976.
  • Was a Parade, USA Today and Blue Chip Illustrated All-America selection at Glades Central High in his native Belle Glade, Fla.
  • Also named Florida "Super Senior," as well as all-state and Class 3A Player of the Year and finished second in the voting for Florida's "Mr. Football" accolades in 1993.
  • Rushed 150 times for 1,545 yards (10.3 average), scoring 20 touchdowns as a senior.
  • Served as Jaguars team spokesperson for holiday food distribution program, Operation Blessing.
  • Serves as the spokesman for the Leukemia Society of America and Lymphona Society of America.
  • Serves as spokesman for the Glades Asthma Project, aimed at improving the functioning of children living with asthma in his hometown of Belle Glade, Fla. ... Appeared in posters with an asthma education message designed to promote community awareness and asthma screenings in schools, and to assist parents with home assessments.
  • Fred and his wife Andrea have five children - a daughter, Nataajah and sons Inari, Kelvin, Austin and Braylon.
  • Majored in sociology.


Extra Points

  • In 1998, Fred and Patriots teammate Randy Moss both scored 17 touchdowns as rookies, each tying the third highest total by a rookie in NFL history.
  • In March of 2010, he was inducted into the Palm Beach County Sports Hall of Fame. Taylor starred at Glades Central High School in the early 1990s and was the county's 1993 Lou Groza Award Player of the Year recipient as well as the state's Class 3A player of the year.
  • In April of 2010, he was inducted into the Univeristy of Florida Hall of Fame.