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Pro Football Hall of Fame: The Wait Continues for Fred Taylor

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JACKSONVILLE - Football's biggest honor continues to elude Fred Taylor.

Fred Taylor, the Jaguars' all-time leading rusher, was not among those named to the 2024 Pro Football Hall of Fame class Thursday. He had been among 15 modern-era finalists this year.

Taylor, a Jaguars running back from 1998-2008, was named a finalist for the first time. He had been named a Hall semifinalist for the fifth time in November.

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 – and is the franchise's all-time rushing leader.

Taylor, a member of the Pride of the Jaguars, ranks No. 17 on the NFL's all-time rushing list and his 4.6-yards-per carry average ranks behind only Barry Sanders and Jim Brown among players with more career rushing yards.

The five modern-era electees named Thursday:

  • Wide receiver Andre Johnson
  • Defensive end Julius Peppers
  • Returner Devin Hester
  • Linebacker Patrick Willis
  • Defensive end Dwight Freeney

Other finalists:

  • Tight end Antonio Gates
  • Wide receiver Reggie Wayne
  • Wide receiver Torry Holt
  • Defensive end Jared Allen
  • Safety Rodney Harrison
  • Safety Darren Woodson
  • Cornerback Eric Allen
  • Offensive tackle Willie Anderson
  • Guard Jahri Evans

The list of finalists was reduced from a list of 25 semifinalists announced in November. That list was reduced from an initial group of 173 nominees announced in September. No more than five modern-era candidates make the hall each year.


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