After 153 NFL games and 11,695 rushing yards, Fred Taylor has officially called it a career.
The former Glades Central High, University of Florida and Jacksonville Jaguars/New England Patriots standout spent many of his professional seasons working on the mental side of the game with Trevor Moawad, Director of the Athletic & Personal Development program, and Chad Bohling, a former IMG Academy Athletic & Personal Development programsmental conditioning specialist.
"Trevor and Chad played important roles in my life by challenging the way I looked at things and giving me the opportunity to vent and get things off my chest," Taylor said. "Everything was confidential. They made videos that outlined my past successes so I could relate them to the future. I spent 7 seasons working with them (2002-2009) and I have no doubt that mental element played an important role in my success as a football player.â
"It's safe to say that Fred made every bit of his thirteen years in the National Football League matter. I'm extremely humbled by the opportunity Coach Coughlin and Mike Ryan gave us (IMG) to begin working with Fred Taylor in 2002.
"Fred's exceptional talent has never been debated, but his world class habits relative to the way he trained, the way he ate, the way he studied, and his broader commitment to his own personal mental conditioning was without many equals. He made a commitment to train his mind with the same ferocity with which he trained his body. It was the combination of physical toughness, mental toughness, and moral toughness, that allowed Fred to become one of the top running backs in all of professional football.
"On a personal note, the seven seasons I worked with Fred Taylor were some of the most rewarding experiences for me in my professional career. Fred with be missed, but his legacy will live on in the countless players he impacted by his professional approach and remarkable humility."