James "Jay" Taylor (born October 23, 1976 in Hershey, Pennsylvania) is a former American professional football kicker. He played collegiately for the West Virginia Mountaineers.
High school years [ edit ]
Hershey High School in Hershey, Pennsylvania and starred in football, soccer, and tennis. In football, he was an All-Conference selection.
College career [ edit ]
West Virginia University and was a student and a four-year letterman in football. Taylor played both kicker and punter in his four-year career from 1996 to 1999.
In his sophomore season in 1997, Taylor kicked a career-long 52-yard
field goal against Pittsburgh in the Backyard Brawl.
Ohio State, as a junior in 1998, Taylor punted for a career-high 410 yards. Against Virginia Tech that same season, Taylor had a career-long 63-yard punt.
Professional career [ edit ]
Miami Dolphins [ edit ]
Jay Taylor was signed as an
undrafted free agent by the Miami Dolphins in 2000. Taylor was cut shortly afterwards.
Orlando Rage [ edit ]
He was selected by the
Orlando Rage of the XFL in the 2001 XFL Draft, where he played both kicker and punter.
Buffalo Bills [ edit ]
After the XFL season ended, the
Buffalo Bills signed him to the preseason roster, primarily as a punter. He lost the competition to Brian Moorman and was waived during the preseason.
Rhein Fire [ edit ]
In 2003, he played for the
Rhein Fire of NFL Europe, allocated from the Cleveland Browns.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers [ edit ]
He was a member of the
Tampa Bay Buccaneers practice squad in 2004 and was activated by the Bucs that year, playing in 5 games.
Orlando Predators [ edit ]
After being cut by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2005, Taylor was signed by the
Orlando Predators of the Arena Football League on June 30, 2006.
Taylor entered the 2008 season as the franchise leader in single-season field goal percentage, career field goal percentage, single-season extra point percentage, career extra point percentage, consecutive extra points made, and consecutive field goals made.
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