Playoff Feature: Fred Taylor

These are the good times for Jaguars running back Fred Taylor. At age 31, he's still in his prime. Taylor, who is expected to be named to his first Pro Bowl as a replacement for Pittsburgh's Willie Parker, who's out with a broken leg, was named the AFC Offensive Player of the Month on Thursday.

It was the first time a Jaguars player has won this award since 1999, when Jimmy Smith won that December.

Taylor, who was rested in the final game, started four games and rushed for 494 yards on 64 carries for a 7.7 average with three touchdowns in the month.

"It's a good honor," Taylor said. "All the credit goes to my line and (fullback) Greg Jones. Got to keep going, though. Got to keep going."

Taylor also got something that is virtually priceless -- a signed jersey from Hall of Famer Jim Brown. He signed it to "Fred The Man."

Ryan Robinson of the public relations staff arranged to get the jersey autographed as a thank you to Taylor for being accommodating with the media.

"It's a great feeling to have a legend's jersey. The crazy thing is I bought one myself that was framed. That's not as meaningful because this one was personalized to me. That's a whole lot more special," Taylor said.

Taylor was more eager to talk about Saturday night's game in Pittsburgh than himself and he's made it obvious he doesn't view Pittsburgh as a destination, but the first stop on the journey to Phoenix, where the Super Bowl will be played.

Taylor, who's never played in the Super Bowl, said on HBO's "Inside the NFL" show, "I'd give anything to make it to Phoenix. Anything."

When he was asked to elaborate on the comments Thursday, he said, "Every player in the NFL should feel that way. I don't think it was out of character. That's how I feel. That's what we play for. I don't see a reason why not to feel that way. (I was) speaking the truth."


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