Maurice Jones-Drew, the Jaguars’ Superman, Gets His Cape


Published: July 8, 2009

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... hopped a charter jet and made their way to Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. to meet with longtime running back Fred Taylor.

By the time the jet was wheels-up and headed back to Jacksonville, arguably the greatest Jaguar in franchise history was a free agent in search of a new team, and a new era had begun for the Jags.

The move had to be the most difficult decision in the very short tenure of new general manager Smith.

After 11 seasons with the Jaguars, Taylor had become the beloved veteran as he progressed up the list of all-time great running backs in NFL lore. He was given respect around the league and was a fan favorite at home. Fred WAS the Jacksonville Jaguars.

As good as Taylor was during his time in Jacksonville, the team had made the tough call to part ways in order to make way for the beginning of a new era. A young, dynamic playmaker was waiting in the wings, and it was his time to shine. The 33-year-old Taylor could no longer hold back the inevitable.
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