Eric Taylor (Canadian football)
|No. 79 Calgary Stampeders|
|Date of birth:||December 14, 1981|
|Place of birth:||Winchester, Tennessee|
|Height:||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Weight:||309 lb (140 kg)|
|NFL draft:||2004 – 7th round – 212th pick|
Career NFL statistics
|Stats at NFL.com|
|Stats at CFL.ca|
Eric Taylor (born December 14, 1981) is a Canadian football defensive tackle for the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League. He was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the seventh round of the 2004 NFL Draft. He played college football at Memphis.
Taylor played his first two seasons in the CFL for the Edmonton Eskimos. He only played the last 5 weeks of the 2008 CFL season but still amassed 16 tackles and 1 sack. He also recovered his first and only fumble of his career on October 10, 2008. In his second year in the CFL Taylor collected 28 tackles and 2 sacks in 13 games played.
On February 10, 2010, Taylor was traded to the Toronto Argonauts from the Eskimos in exchange for receivers Andre Talbot and Brad Smith. In the 2010 CFL season Taylor once again played in 13 games, this time only recording 17 tackles, but 3 sacks, a career high at the time.
He signed with the BC Lions through free agency on February 16, 2011. In his first season with the Lions Taylor saw limited playing time. He only played in 7 games, but still managed to collect 21 tackles and 3 sacks. Taylor had a strong 2012 CFL season, he played in 15 of the 18 games, recorded 21 tackles and a career-best four sacks. On April 24, 2013, Taylor signed a contract extension with the BC Lions. Taylor played in 57 regular season games while amassing 107 tackles and 13 sacks over four years. He was released on March 2, 2015.