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Hall of Fame: Taylor named semifinalist

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JACKSONVILLE – A Jaguars legend moved a step closer to immortality Tuesday.

Former Jaguars running back Fred Taylor, the leading rusher in franchise history, on Tuesday was named a modern-era semifinalist for the 2023 Pro Football Hall of Fame class. It's Taylor's fourth consecutive year as a semifinalist.

Taylor was among 28 semifinalists announced Tuesday afternoon.

Taylor, the No. 9 overall selection in the 1998 NFL Draft, rushed for 11,695 yards and 66 touchdowns in 13 NFL seasons. He rushed for 11,271 yards and 62 touchdowns with Jacksonville from 1998-2008.

Five first-year eligible players were among the 28 semifinalists named Tuesday:

  • Offensive lineman Jahri Evans
  • Offensive lineman Joe Thomas
  • Defensive lineman Dwight Freeney
  • Linebacker James Harrison
  • Cornerback Darrelle Revis

To be considered for election to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, a nominated individual must not have participated as an active player for five consecutive seasons.

No more than five modern-era candidates make the hall each year.

The semifinalists next will be trimmed to 15 modern-era finalists. The Class of 2023 will be announced during the week leading to Super Bowl LVI in Phoenix, Ariz

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