The Jacksonville Jaguars are currently one game away from reaching the Super Bowl. That’s amazing considering they went 3-13 last season and hadn’t been to the playoffs since 2007.
That’s when Fred Taylor was still around.
Jacksonville’s all-time leading rusher will be the team’s honorary captain as it faces Taylor’s other former team, the New England Patriots, in the AFC Championship Game on Sunday.
The announcement was made by the franchise on Saturday afternoon.
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The No. 9 overall selection in the 1998 NFL Draft racked up 11,271 rushing yards and 62 rushing touchdowns during his 11 seasons with the Jaguars. He’s a member of the Pride of the Jaguars, a.k.a. the club’s ring of honor.
Taylor was a second team All-Pro and a Pro Bowl pick with Jacksonville in 2007. He spent his last two seasons with the Patriots, where he went for 424 yards and 4 TDs.
A member of the University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame and the Florida-Georgia Hall of Fame, Taylor was a third team All-American in 1997. That marked his most productive season, rushing for 1,292 yards and 13 TDs.
The Gators enjoyed plenty of success with Taylor, winning their first national championship in 1996 as well as three straight SEC championships from 1994-96.
The Jaguars and Patriots will kick off Sunday at 3:05 p.m. ET on CBS with a shot to advance to the Super Bowl, where the winner will face the victor of the NFC Championship Game between the Minnesota Vikings and Philadelphia Eagles.