Pop superstar Taylor Swift has taken the U.S. by storm and her relationship with Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce has made them the talk of the town in the NFL. Former Jacksonville Jaguars running back Fred Taylor noticed all the attention Swift was getting and came up with a clever nickname in light of all the attention she's getting.
Following Swift's appearance at Arrowhead Stadium to watch Kelce play, BetMGM posted a tweet with Taylor's highlights, "There's no Travis-Kelce-Taylor Swift content in this post. Just Fred Taylor highlights," the message said.
Aptly, Fred Taylor asked everyone to refer to him as Swift Taylor, which makes sense when you take into account that a) he had swift moves as a running back and b) his last name is Taylor.
So why is Taylor Swift getting so much attention? She may currently be the most successful pop singer in the whole world. Getting tickets to her Era Tour is challenging and you often have to pay double or triple their value.
The fact that she attended the Chiefs game to watch Kelce has only helped increase her visibility among football fans and analysts. Simply, a Swift/Kelce relationship is good for everyone, including Fred Taylor, who thought of a new nickname thanks to them.
Jaguars legend Fred Taylor aka Swift Taylor is vying for a spot in the Hall of Fame
Taylor was one of the most prolific runners of the 2010s, racking up 534 carries for 11,695 yards with 66 touchdowns. But in spite of his production, he was consistently overshadowed by the likes of LaDanian Tomlinson, Shaun Alexander, Chris Johnson, and Adrian Peterson.
Currently, Swift Taylor is among 33 running backs who are candidates for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He's been a semifinalist four times but has never reached the final stage of the selection process. The Hall of Fame committee will reduce the list of 173 current candidates to 25 in November. While Taylor has a solid chance of advancing to the next round, nobody would bat an eye if the doesn't make the cut.
One thing working against Swift Taylor's candidacy is that he only made the Pro Bowl once and never earned a First-Team All-Pro designation. While individual accolades are not the only thing voters take into consideration during the process, having several awards helps.
It's hard to tell how the process will play out and whether Taylor will advance to the finalist section of the enshrinement process. But one thing is certain, the Swift Taylor moniker certainly suits him well.