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Top of the Morning News for Sept. 3, 2011


 "But it turns out Taylor, in his final official act as an NFL player, saved his best for last. Anyone who witnessed Taylor’s retirement speech Friday, after signing a one-day contract to finish his career with the Jaguars, saw a Hall of Fame display of honest, raw feelings from a man who held nothing back."  The Times-Union

"I think this is better than a Super Bowl," Taylor told his wife.  The Times-Union

"There aren't many athletes I feel fortunate to have covered, not many who combine special, memorable talent and achievement with class and perspective off the field."

"The hardest part of this time of year is that you've had a collection of players that have given you everything you've asked for, in most cases, and they have a dream. They have a family
, they have kids at home in some cases, wives at home. They want to play. It's their dream and they want to make a career and they want to do it with your team and they've done everything you've asked. It's hard to let them go," Del Rio said.  The Times-Union

Action News coverage of Fred Taylor's special day.

Coverage from First Coast News on the retirement of Fred Taylor.

"I'd love for you guys to think we're going to be good, because we do," Del Rio said, "but if you don't, that's OK, too. I'm really OK with that. I'm used to it, because you guys have pretty much been that way ever since I've been here. That's OK."

Voice of the Jaguars Brian Sexton sat down with Fred Taylor yesterday for a lengthy interview.  Here are part one and part two

Fred Taylor's career was chronicled in a video yesterday at his retirement ceremony.

Channel 4 in Jacksonville paid tribute to Fred Taylor.

A look at the impact of Ed Thomas two years after his death in Parkersburg, Iowa.

A look at the possible cuts in the AFC South.

Titans running back Chris Johnson wants a playoff berth in 2011.

The Colts hired former Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel as a consultant.  Indianapolis Star

Tweet, Tweet (Fans tweets about Fred Taylor)

We love ya Freddie T!

Retiring today Gator Great Fred Taylor! Wishing you well . Thanks for everything.... The GATOR NATION Salutes you!

S/o to Fred Taylor representor of the dirty south. retiring say it ain&39;t so. Glades Central Raider 4 life.

The greatest Jaguar (when healthy) and my favorite RB in Madden. Happy trails Fred Taylor, I forgive you for signing with the Patriots.#FB @PatrickDieter

I doff my cap to a true unsung hero of the NFL, Fred Taylor. Bowing out after 13 years. Made the best of what he had. #inspiration @MaghullSkipper5

Sad to hear great Jags running back Fred Taylor is retiring. Classic example of a guy in a small market who meant everything to fan base.

Thanks for all the amazing runs and games over the years FRED TAYLOR! Hope you enjoy retirement, ya old man

irony Fred Taylor, who&39;s nickname was "fragile", retiring after 13 seasons... helluva career to be labeled "fragile"...

Seeing where Fred Taylor is announcing his retirement. Taylor played in &39;98 Sr. Bowl. Best of luck to him!!

Stat of the day

Fred Taylor has played in seven of the club's 11 playoff games.  He played against all 32 NFL teams and recorded a 100-yard rushing game against 24 different NFL teams.


The players are off this weekend before returning to work on Monday. 

The last word

"I remember Fred Taylor as a shy, young man from the University of Florida, that really grew into one of the great leaders that helped this franchise grow to where it is today. For that I'll forever be grateful. I can tell you that I'm also so proud of what you did on the field, but I'm equally proud of what you did in our community. And what a great role model for young men, not just young men but young men and women in this community. They looked up to Fred Taylor."

Jaguars owner Wayne Weaver to Fred Taylor at his retirement ceremony 

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