Respected NFL voice makes case for Jaguars legend Fred Taylor to get in Hall of Fame

Fred Taylor had a stellar career for the Jacksonville Jaguars and a prominent NFL voice believes he did enough to get inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Sep 21, 2008; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars running back Fred Taylor (28) breaks away-
Sep 21, 2008; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars running back Fred Taylor (28) breaks away- / Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Running back Fred Taylor had a productive career for the Jacksonville Jaguars during the 2000s and he argued this past June that he deserves to get inducted into the Hall of Fame. He isn't alone in the sentiment. And just recently, a respected NFL voice vouched for him.

NFL insider Jordan Schultz recently made the case for Taylor to get enshrined. He took to Twitter to post Taylor's numbers. Here's what he came up: 17th all-time in rushing and 14 of the 16 players ahead of him on the list already made the cut. The former Florida Gator also averaged 4.6 yards per carry and earned a Pro Bowl selection and a Second-Team All-Pro designation.

Simply, Taylor's number's should be enough for him to get consideration. The fact that there are no other running backs in line to make the HOF besides Adrian Peterson should increase his chances of getting the nod.

Another thing that could help Taylor get inducted is that the Jaguars are set to be good in 2023. With a bigger national profile, former players such as Taylor and wide receiver Jimmy Smith could get more attention from the national media.

Jaguars RB Fred Taylor may have trouble convincing Hall of Fame voters

Just recently, former Jaguars and New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin was selected for the list of semifinalists for the coach/contributor category in the HOF. While there are many worthy candidates to make the final cut, it's uncertain how favorable his odds of getting in are. Then again, his chances of getting enshrined might be a bit higher than Taylor's.

After all, Taylor might need to convince voters that he had a huge impact during his playing days despite the fact that Adrian Peterson, Shaun Alexander, Clinton Portis, LaDainian Tomlinson, and Thomas Jones. Working against Taylor is that he wasn't consistently productive throughout his career but doesn't have as many accolades as his fellow running backs.

Lastly, the Jaguars were good but not great during Taylor's stint. Granted, the HOF is an individual's accomplishment but voters often take a team's success or lack thereof into consideration when making a decision.

As Taylor noted a while back, some of the defensive linemen that have been already enshrined are "the same dudes I murked every Sunday". This is to say that he was a pretty good running back but is that enough to join fellow Jaguars legend Tony Boselli in the HOF? Schultz believes it is, even if voters haven't agreed in previous years.

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