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Florida Times-Union reporter Michael C. Wright covers the ins and outs of the Jacksonville Jaguars. In this blog, he'll share behind-the-scenes anecdotes not published within the pages of the T-U, in addition to offering up incessant ramblings about nothing such as road trips, crummy hotels and not-so-delicious press box food. Perhaps he'll even delve into serious discussions about NFL issues. So ask questions, participate in conversations, or just learn more about the Jags.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Taylor to write book

It's a little past Noon and I'm sitting in the press box at Raymond James Stadium (gotta love the bananas foster they serve at halftime - at least they served it last time I was here covering the Bucs-Redskins 2005 playoff game) with a little extra time on my hands, I figured I'd shoot a blog in the air.

Anyway, talking to Jags RB Fred Taylor on Friday, he revealed to me that he plans on penning a book, approximately three years after he's done playing football. He says it'll be "steamy and juicy" and that he's been writing journals over the years to chronicle his experiences. He started what he calls the "man journals" during his college days at Florida.

But to keep from stirring up controversy, Taylor says he's kept quiet about a lot of things he's endured, some of which, he says, are happening now. So, I'm bracing for a copy. For more insight into Taylor's book plans, check tomorrow's Florida Times-Union or http://www.jacksonville.com/

Kickoff is about 3 1/2 hours away and this one should be interesting. Feel free to send your thoughts my way over the course of the game.

Peace.

8 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Michael, next time you talk to Taylor tell him that those fans by the buses at away games came to see him and the team.

It was really disappointing being outside the gate while the players came out spoke with their girlfriends and ignored us the paying fans.

We traveled to see the Jacksonville Jaguars play and hopefully grab a few autographs but they came out spoke with their girlfriends and got on the bus.

We the fans were ignored after cheering our team onto victory in a huge sea of red you would have thought they could be a little appreciative and not such elitist snobs.

We were in the stadium waving teal banners and towels we didn't run across the street from the bar after the game and they could take a break from the folks they see all the time to acknowledge us.

So, tell the players they need to be more regualar fan friendly please.

October 29, 2007 at 10:54 AM  
Blogger Michael C. Wright said...

I'll be sure to tell him. In his defense, I'll say these guys have a pretty strict schedule after games.

The team plane leaves pretty quickly after games, so I'm guessing the players want to spend that little time they get (also, they're required by league rules to devote time to the media) with friends and family.

But I can definitely understand your frustration because these days, NFL tickets and gas to drive to the games don't come cheap.

October 29, 2007 at 12:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are right but that's no reason for them to hang out with family and sweethearts who they will see later and be with later. If I read Taylor's book I will get it from the library, I for one am tired of throwing royalties his way. He doesn't have time for fans why should we make time for him!

October 29, 2007 at 2:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Taylor is a class act. The team and the city is lucky to have him. I remember being in high school his rookie year. He was big time. A star in making. I saw him at the Regency Mall and he was as nice a Jaguar as I have ever met. He is one cool dude.

October 29, 2007 at 9:09 PM  
Anonymous John A. Silliman said...

I believe he has been writing a book since he was drafted. He has been writing the Jag runningback history book. sure there was Natron, Jimmy, Tavian, and others. None have done what that man has done for this team. What I really like is that in his final few chapters here is the fact that he brings a new maturity to the table he is the jags and they all know it. His leadership this year has sparked all the players in the locker room to be more unselfish. You can see in his eyes in his face. I want it. Wheather or not he gets his Superbowl ring I believe this year he will leave a winning, intense hunger in our next generation of players like,MoJo that will carry on into the future. About this book I hope it will be more like a guide on what not to do instead of some ramblings of how this guy did this and that guy did that or anything damaging to the reputation of former or current players or the franchise. I take a great pride in being a Jaguar fan Im sure that and I hope that he would be the respectful team leader that we have grown to love on the field and in the locker room. I still wear the 28 jersey on game day and probably always will. Maybe you can pass this along to freddy t. GOJAGS

October 31, 2007 at 1:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fred has been a real battler. I respect him for the heart he gives to this team.

If he does write a book I hope it will rise above a pound of flesh and be something meaningful to all of us.

My fondest memories as a Jaguar fan are of a dream I have before every game. I see Fred bolting through an open field with defenders falling down along the way.

I still have hopes that this will be the year Fred gets a Super Bowl ring.

November 1, 2007 at 7:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

FT is Mr. Jaguar. Hopefully they name a street after him one day.

November 2, 2007 at 4:46 AM  
Blogger Michael C. Wright said...

I'll make sure to pass along the sentiments. Maybe I should send Fred a link to this blog.

November 6, 2007 at 7:29 PM  

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