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Jaguars great Fred Taylor named as a Pro Football Hall of Fame finalist

Former Jaguars running back Fred Taylor has been named one of 15 finalists for the 2024 Pro Football Hall of Fame class.

Late last night, the Pro Football Hall of Fame revealed its modern-era finalists for the 2024 class.

Former Jaguars running back Fred Taylor was one of 15 players named as a finalist.

It’s a vital step for Freddy T, who’s been named a semifinalist five times but had yet to reach the final stage. Being named as a finalist significantly improves Taylor’s chances to join Tony Boselli as the only Jaguars with a gold jacket.

Taylor was originally drafted 9th overall out of the University of Florida in 1998. He played in Jacksonville for 11 of his 13 NFL seasons and ultimately became the franchise’s all-time leading rusher.

Taylor is one of 31 players to rush for over 10,000 yards in his career; his 11,695 yards currently ranks 17th all-time.

Doug Pederson said on Thursday, “We were in the league about the same time, and just a lot of respect for him ... for him to be one of the finalists for ‘24 says a lot about him as a person, obviously his character, and then what he did on the field. Very happy for him and congratulations on being one of the finalists.”

Here’s the full list of 2024 finalists.

  • CB Eric Allen
  • DE Jared Allen
  • OT Willie Anderson
  • G Jahri Evans
  • DE Dwight Freeney
  • TE Antonio Gates (first year eligible)
  • S Rodney Harrison
  • KR Devin Hester
  • WR Torry Holt
  • WR Andre Johnson
  • DE Julius Peppers (first year eligible)
  • WR Reggie Wayne
  • LB Patrick Willis
  • S Darren Woodson

The 2024 Pro Football Hall of Fame class will be inducted during NFL Honors on February 8.