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For the other offensive lineman of the same name see Aaron Taylor (born 1972).
Aaron Taylor (born January 21, 1975 in Wichita
Falls, Texas) is a
former University of
Nebraska football player.
Taylor won the Outland Trophy as the top college
interior lineman in 1997. He is one
of seven Nebraska players to have won the Outland Trophy and is the
only Husker to be awarded All-American honors at two different
positions, offensive center and guard. He was also the winner of
the Jim Parker Award. During his
career, he helped the Huskers to a 49-2 record (.961 winning
percentage) and four straight bowl game wins, including undefeated
seasons and national titles in 1994, 1995 and 1997. Two of the
teams that Nebraska defeated in bowl games in those years, Florida
in 1996 and Tennessee in 1998, would go on to win the national
title the following year. Taylor participated in games featuring
such memorable plays as Tommie Frazier's 75 yard touchdown run
against the Florida Gators in the 1996 Fiesta Bowl and the Flea Kicker against Missouri in 1997. His
jersey number 67 was retired by Nebraska in 1998, becoming one of
just 16 Husker players so honored. In 1999 he was selected to the
Nebraska All-Century Football Team via fan poll and in 2002 was
named to the Athlon Sports Nebraska All-Time Team.
Collegiate All Century
In 1999 Taylor was selected as a third team offensive guard by
Sports Illustrated in their "NCAA Football All-Century Team". The
starters were Jim Parker of Ohio State
and John Hannah of Alabama,
the second team consisted of Bob Suffridge of Tennessee and Bill Fischer of Notre
Dame and the other third team player was Dean
Steinkuhler of Nebraska. He was one of six Nebraska Cornhuskers
selected to this 85 man roster; the others being Rich Glover, Johnny Rodgers,
Rimington, Dean Steinkuhler and Tommie Frazier.
In 1999 Taylor was selected as a starting offensive guard to the
Walter Camp Football
Foundation College Football All Century Team. The other
offensive guards selected were John Hannah of Alabama, Dean
Steinkuhler of Nebraska, Brad Budde of USC, Will Shields of Nebraska and Jim Parker of
Ohio State. Taylor was one of six Nebraska Cornhuskers selected to
this 83 man team; the others being Rodgers, Rimington, Steinkuhler,
Shields and Frazier.
After Nebraska, Taylor was drafted in the 7th round of the 1998 NFL Draft by
the Indianapolis Colts. Taylor played
for the Colts for the first part of the 1998 season before becoming
a member of the Chicago Bears.
After the 1998 season, Taylor retired from professional football
to start a career in business and to help coach high
school football. Taylor was recruited to the Cornhuskers from
Rider High School in Wichita
A failed business venture with a few other former Husker players
led to Aaron Taylor's bankruptcy and subsequent auctioning off of
his 7 prized championship rings, as well as his Outland Trophy.
The former Huskers tried starting a Scarlet and Cream Huskers
Themed Restaurant in Omaha, Nebraska, but due to poor management it failed
and resulted in nearly $70,000 in back taxes and other
miscellaneous expenses. Due to being an Officer in the Restaurant,
he was legally liable for taxes. The liquidation of his memorabilia
was required under Chapter 7 rules, and despite his best
efforts he was not able to purchase them back.