Born on January 19, 1999, the NFL team the Indianapolis Colts have signed running back Jonathan Taylor (born January 19, 1999). (NFL). When Taylor was a senior at Salem High School, he broke the record for most rushing yards ever in a season in the state of New Jersey.
When he was done with his collegiate football career at Wisconsin, he was the sixth-leading rusher in NCAA history and the first player in history to rush for more than 6,000 yards in any three-year timeframe. Three times Taylor was a Heisman finalist, he placed in the top ten of voter preference.
At the end of the 2018 and 2019 seasons, he was recognized as the best running back in college football by being named to both teams’ All-American first units and winning the Doak Walker Award.
For the Indianapolis Colts, Jonathan Taylor was a no-show at Wednesday’s practice. Apparently, that’s never happened before in his entire history of playing football at any level.
Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports that the Colts benched they’re running back because of a toe ailment. Taylor was reportedly sore following last week’s win against the Kansas City Chiefs but is expected to play this week against the Tennessee Titans, so the move was a precautionary one.
No practice for Jonathan Taylor Wednesday. https://t.co/kfoZjyMyBw
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) September 28, 2022
In addition to his 43 receiving yards, Taylor has rushed for 286 yards and scored once this season, making him the consensus first overall pick in most fantasy drafts. Taylor’s absence from practice is rare, even if he is still on pace to play. Last year, he boasted to Joel Erickson of the Indianapolis Star that he had never missed a single practice or game in the NFL, college, or high school.
Having that designation is not without its restrictions. In fairness, you can’t say he’s never missed a regular season practice because he skipped a mandatory minicamp this past off-season due to an injury. As a freshman at Wisconsin, he suffered a quad injury and missed some practices, and had to leave a game early.
The fact that Taylor has lasted this long despite so much pressure is remarkable. As he entered the NFL draft, he took some serious heat for the amount of wear and tear on his tires from his 926 carries in 41 games over his three years as the leading running back at Wisconsin. Still, here we are. Not only did he miss only one practice all season, but he has a good case to be the best running back in the NFL.
As representatives of the West Division, Taylor and the Badgers played in the Big Ten Championship Game, where they were defeated by Ohio State, 34-21. The team went 10-4 overall after a loss in the Rose Bowl to the Pac-12 champion Oregon (28-27). To become only the second player in FBS history with two 2,000-yard seasons, Taylor surpassed 2,000 yards during the Rose Bowl (following Troy Davis).
With 2,003 yards and 21 touchdowns, Taylor concluded the season tied for first in the Big Ten and third in the country in rushing touchdowns, with J. K. Dobbins of Ohio State.
For the second year in a row, Taylor has been honored as the Big Ten’s Offensive Player of the Year, First Team All-Big Ten RB, and a unanimous First Team All-American. He won the Doak Walker Award once more, making history as the first player to do so since Darren McFadden in 2006 and 2007.
Taylor skipped his senior year to participate in the 2020 draft, it was reported on January 3. Taylor finished his collegiate career with 6,174 running yards, good for fourth all-time in FBS and sixth all-time when bowl games are factored in.