Chester Taylor

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This article is about the American football player. For the U.S. Representative from Arkansas, see Chester W. Taylor.
Chester Taylor
Brad Johnson handoff to Chester Taylor.jpg
Taylor takes a handoff from Brad Johnson in 2006.
No. 29
Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1979-09-22) September 22, 1979 (age 34)
Place of birth: River Rouge, Michigan
Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) Weight: 213 lb (97 kg)
Career information
College: Toledo
NFL Draft: 2002 / Round: 6 / Pick: 207
Debuted in 2002 for the Baltimore Ravens
Last played in 2011 for the Arizona Cardinals
Career history
Career highlights and awards
  • Hula Bowl North MVP (2002)
  • 2007 Fedex Ground Player Of The Week (Week 11)
Career NFL statistics
Rushing yards 4,740
Rushing average 4.1
Rushing TDs 26
Stats at NFL.com

Chester Lamar Taylor also known as Che Tay (born September 22, 1979) is a former American football running back in the National Football League. He was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the sixth round of the 2002 NFL Draft. In 2006, he signed with the Minnesota Vikings and played four seasons before signing with the Chicago Bears. He played college football at the University of Toledo.

Early years[edit]

Taylor was a four-time all-state running back and sprinter at River Rouge High School before attending the University of Toledo. While at Toledo, Taylor set school records for rushing yards and touchdowns.[1] In 2001, he led the Rockets to an impressive victory over in-state rival Cincinnati Bearcats in the Motor City Bowl, giving Toledo their first bowl win since the 1995 Las Vegas Bowl. He was named the MVP of the game with 31 (Motor City Bowl Record) carries for 190 yards (then a Motor City Bowl Record) and a touchdown.

Taylor ranked seventh in nation for the 2001 season with 1,492 rushing yards (268 attempts, 5.3 yards-per-carry) and 20 touchdowns. He also hauled in 26 receptions for 242 yards and three touchdowns, with a longest reception of 43 yards.

Taylor was named North Team MVP in the 2002 Hula Bowl.

College statistics[edit]

Year Team Att Yds TD Rec Yds TD
2000 Toledo Rockets 250 1470 18 17 129 1
2001 Toledo Rockets 268 1430 20 26 242 3

Professional career[edit]

Baltimore Ravens[edit]

Taylor was taken with the 35th pick in the 6th round (207th overall) of the 2002 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Ravens. He spent four years backing up Jamal Lewis, seeing minimal yet increasing playing time throughout his tenure with the team. He also developed himself as a receiving threat, making him the Ravens third down back.

Taylor (29) lines up with the Vikings in January, 2009.

Minnesota Vikings[edit]

Taylor was signed by the Minnesota Vikings to a four-year, $14.1 million contract on March 12, 2006.[2] On October 22, 2006, Taylor set a Vikings franchise record for longest run from scrimmage when he ran for a 95-yard touchdown in the third quarter, which is also an NFL record for the longest run in the 3rd quarter, against the Seattle Seahawks. He also broke 1000 rushing yards for the first time in his NFL career. Taylor and Adrian Peterson were considered one of the NFL's top running back tandems.

Chicago Bears[edit]

Taylor was signed by the Chicago Bears to a four-year, $12.5 million contract on March 5, 2010.[3] In 2010, Taylor shared carries with running back Matt Forté. His stats fell compared to his times with the Ravens and Vikings and rushed for only 267 yards on 112 carries for a 2.4 yard average.[4]

Taylor was released by Chicago during final cuts on September 3, 2011.

Arizona Cardinals[edit]

Taylor was claimed via waivers for a one-year contract by the Arizona Cardinals on September 4, 2011.[5]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Mewelde Moore
Minnesota Vikings Starting Running Backs
2006
Succeeded by
Adrian Peterson