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Robert Taylor, III (born December 28, 1973) is a former American college and professional football player who was a cornerback in the National Football League (NFL) for ten seasons. He played college football for the University of Notre Dame, and earned All-American honors. A second-round draft pick, he played professionally for the Philadelphia Eagles and Seattle Seahawks of the NFL.

Bobby Taylor
No. 21, 24
Position:Cornerback
Personal information
Born: (1973-12-28) December 28, 1973 (age 45)
Houston, Texas
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:216 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High school:Longview (Longview, Texas)
College:Notre Dame
NFL Draft:1995 / Round: 2 / Pick: 50
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Total tackles:378
Sacks:4.0
Forced fumbles:7
Fumble recoveries:10
Interceptions:19
Defensive touchdowns:2
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

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Early lifeEdit

Taylor was born in Houston, Texas.[1] He attended Longview High School in Longview, Texas,[2] and played high school football for the Longview Lobos and was also a member of the Lobos' Texas Class 5A state basketball championship team. In addition to playing for the Lobos 1992 Basketball State Championship Team; Taylor was a three-year starter for the Lobos in football he ran a leg on the state champion 1,600-meter relay squad. He was inducted into the Texas High School Football Hall of Fame's 2012 class.[3] Taylor was a two-time Class 5A all-state pick for football, and named to the first-team defense on the UIL all-century team in 2009. These accolades earned him as the first player in Longview Lobo history to have his jersey, No. 24, retired.[4]

College careerEdit

Taylor attended the University of Notre Dame, where he played for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team from 1991 to 1994. As a senior in 1994, was recognized as a consensus first-team All-American.[5]

Professional careerEdit

Taylor was selected in the second round of the 1995 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles.[6] He played for the Eagles from 1995 until 2003.[7] He was selected for one Pro Bowl during his time as an Eagle, following the 2002 season in which he had five interceptions and a touchdown return.[7] He was also a first-team All-Pro selection in 2002.

After playing nine seasons for the Eagles, Taylor played for the Seattle Seahawks in ten games during his final season in 2004.[1] In ten NFL seasons, he appeared in 129 regular season games, started 109 of them, amassed 384 tackles and four quarterback sacks, with 19 interceptions for 224 interception return yards and two touchdowns.[7] He also compiled 11 fumble recoveries and six forced fumbles.[7]

NFL statisticsEdit

Year Team GP COMB TOTAL AST SACK FF FR YDS INT YDS AVG LNG TD PD
1995 PHI 16 51 47 4 0.0 0 0 0 2 52 26 35 0 17
1996 PHI 16 62 55 7 1.0 0 1 0 3 -1 0 0 0 23
1997 PHI 6 18 14 4 2.0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
1998 PHI 11 31 22 9 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6
1999 PHI 15 47 40 7 0.0 0 3 0 4 59 15 28 1 17
2000 PHI 16 44 37 7 0.0 1 1 0 3 64 21 38 0 18
2001 PHI 16 37 34 3 1.0 2 3 0 1 5 5 5 0 17
2002 PHI 16 57 46 11 0.0 1 2 0 5 43 9 23 1 15
2003 PHI 7 19 18 1 0.0 0 0 0 1 2 2 2 0 10
2004 SEA 10 12 10 2 0.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Career 128 378 323 55 4.0 7 10 0 19 224 12 38 2 128

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Key

  • GP: games played
  • COMB: combined tackles
  • TOTAL: total tackles
  • AST: assisted tackles
  • SACK: sacks
  • FF: forced fumbles
  • FR: fumble recoveries
  • FR YDS: fumble return yards
  • INT: interceptions
  • IR YDS: interception return yards
  • AVG IR: average interception return
  • LNG: longest interception return
  • TD: interceptions returned for touchdown
  • PD: passes defensed

PersonalEdit

Taylor's father, Robert Taylor, won a gold medal and a silver medal in the 1972 Summer Olympics while attending Texas Southern University in Houston.

Taylor appeared on an episode of MTV Cribs.

Bobby is married and has three sons.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b National Football League, Historical Players, Bobby Taylor. Retrieved February 7, 2012.
  2. ^ databaseFootball.com, Players, Bobby Taylor Archived 2012-03-26 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved February 7, 2012.
  3. ^ Reports, Staff (2012-01-20). "Ex-Lobo Bobby Taylor to be inducted in Texas High School Football Hall of Fame". Longview News Journal.
  4. ^ Orts, Jason (2012-05-19). "Hall of Fame profile: Longview's triple threat an East Texas legend". Waco Tribune-Herald. Retrieved 6/4/2018. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  5. ^ 2010 Division I Football Record Book, Award Winners and All-Americans, National Collegiate Athletic Association, Indianapolis, Indiana, p. 10 (2010). Retrieved February 7, 2012.
  6. ^ Pro Football Hall of Fame, Draft History, 1995 National Football League Draft. Retrieved February 7, 2012.
  7. ^ a b c d Pro-Football-Reference.com, Players, Bobby Taylor. Retrieved February 7, 2012.
  8. ^ "Bobby Taylor Stats". ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved 20 March 2014.