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100 moments in 100 days: Fred Taylor absolutely dominating the Steelers and setting a Three Rivers rushing record

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Jaguars Fred Taylor Photo by George Gojkovich/Getty Images

This year marks the 25th season for the Jacksonville Jaguars. To celebrate, we’re counting down 100 days from our regular season kickoff with the top 100 moments in franchise history.

Yesterday it was Chad Henne to Ace Sanders to Jordan Todman for one of the best trick plays this team has ever had.

Today? Fred Taylor crushing the Pittsburgh Steelers and setting a rushing record that still stands to this day.

November 19, 2000

John Oehser of Jaguars.com has a tremendous oral history of the game, complete with player quotes, box scores, and more. We’ll include a few highlights but click here for the full story.

Fred Taylor, then a third-year veteran, used this mid-November Sunday Night Football game to turn in perhaps the most memorable performance of his 12-year career in a 34-24 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers. Taylor, in the middle of a remarkable nine-game stretch in which he rushed for more than 100 yards in every game, rushed for 234 yards and three touchdowns on 30 carries — setting a record for yards in a game against the Steelers and the most yards ever by an opponent in Three Rivers Stadium ... It was Taylor’s fifth consecutive 100-yard game; he finished the season with 1,399 yards and 12 touchdowns on 292 carries in 13 games.

Mark Brunell:

“[Fred Taylor] was amazing. I don’t think there was anything he didn’t have. I don’t think people realize how tough he was, how physical he was. He was a tackle-to-tackle guy, a downhill physical guy … but he had that ability … gone. He could run through somebody and he could make somebody miss. He could catch. He was smart at protections. From my perspective, there was nothing he couldn’t do. He was just a kid out there playing. He had the respect of his teammates. He wasn’t a big talker. He worked hard. What I loved about Fred was that sucker could spend all week in the training room with ice and all this stuff and (snaps fingers) … there he is on Sunday. He would take a beating and go out there and compete. I wish I had appreciated Fred more when I was playing with him. He was so reliable and so damned good. To me, he’s a Hall of Famer.”

Send us your favorite moments and we’ll dig into each one until the Jaguars kick off on September 8th — including whatever video, audio, or stories we can find.

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