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Fred Taylor: ‘Somehow I played career with fractured clavicle, two partially torn labrum’

Former Jaguars great Fred Taylor has some words of caution for young players in the NFL.

Jacksonville Jaguars vs Tennessee Titans - December 17, 2006 Photo by G. N. Lowrance/NFLPhotoLibrary

I hate the “Fragile Fred” nickname that Fred Taylor picked up in his time with the Jacksonville Jaguars. It started right after the Jaguars’ run in the late 90’s. Between 1999-2001, Taylor missed 23 of 48 games.

In 1999, he missed six games due to a hamstring injury, but who cares? The team was cruising to a 14-2 season and didn’t need him until the playoffs. And then in the playoffs, he had a 90-yard run for a touchdown, the longest in NFL playoff history up to that point, and 100-yard performances in both games.

In 2000, he missed a handful of games throughout the year but still finished sixth in the NFL in rushing with 1,399 yards.

In 2001, he suffered a season-ending injury in Week 3 when his groin muscle tore off his bone.

And now, after nearly a decade of being out of the NFL, Taylor learned he was playing through untreated injuries throughout his career, accusing the “neutral” doctors the NFL referred to him as overlooking the issues he’s been dealing with for far too long.

Like I said... hate that nickname.