FOXBORO (CBS) – Former New England Patriots running back Fred Taylor is scheduled to announce his retirement from the NFL on Friday.
The quiet producer is going to sign a one day contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars and retire as a member of the team that drafted him. Taylor played for the Jaguars for 11 seasons and remains the franchises leading rusher with 11,271 yards.
“I want to thank every1 who has directly or indirectly supported my career and help shape my character,” Taylor wrote on his Twitter account, saluting all “Gators/Jags/Pats.”
He spent two seasons with the Pats and had 106 carries for 424 yards and four touchdowns. His time in New England was cut short by a flurry of injuries.
Taylor ranks 15th on the NFL’s all-time rushing list with 11,695 yards. He is 379 yards behind Thurman Thomas and 343 ahead of John Riggins — both in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.