INDIANAPOLIS — Florida fans remember Kelvin Taylor’s “throat slash” gesture well. The running back unleashed it after scoring a touchdown that effectively ended the Gators’ game against East Carolina in early September.
Coach Jim McElwain was irate; he unleashed a profanity-laced tirade so unbecoming that he issued an apology later that week.
Many outlets reported that Taylor’s gesture was simply a tribute to his father, Fred, a longtime Jacksonville Jaguars star known for unleashing the “slash” after touchdown runs.
But the younger Taylor told reporters that wasn’t the case.
“It wasn’t a tribute to my father at all,” he said Wednesday afternoon at the NFL Scouting Combine. “I took it as, the game was over. It’s a wrap.
“People really blew it out of proportion. It really wasn’t me trying to do the throat slash at all. Coach Mac did the right thing, though, because I should’ve never brought any type of attention to myself at the end of the day.”
And get this: Taylor had no idea his father used to make the same gesture during games.
“I never even thought about it as the throat slash or anything,” Taylor said. “I didn’t even know my father did that ’til after the game, like two, three, weeks later.”
Much of his Wednesday interview revolved around his father’s influence. Taylor said the pair still get up at 5 a.m. to do pool workouts and train.
The son of a man who ran for more than 11,000 NFL yards has received some typical fatherly advice, too.
“He just told me to enjoy it,” Taylor said. “Embrace the moment. It doesn’t come around often.”