Inside The Bills

Why Taylor is an example in professionalism

Posted by Chris Brown on February 24, 2009 – 8:05 pm

Fred Taylor is a lot of things not the least of which is a professional. At his impromptu media session on his visit to One Bills Drive I asked him at age 33, he has a reputation for staying in remarkable shape which helps keep his performance from mirroring his age, which for a running back is getting up there.

Here was his response after reminding me he’s a new33.

“I just turned 33,” said Taylor. “So I’m not all the way 33 yet. Just throughout your career, earlier on I battled injuries and along with that came a tag. They started calling me ‘Fragile Fred.’ I’ve always known my entire life that I’ve been tougher than the average guy and I can withstand a lot of pain and that tag used to really piss me off. So I had to find a way to try and make that go away and that came through finding a way to take care of myself a little bit more. Not hanging out as much. Trying to eat properly. In the weight room in the offseason, develop the foundation. That would be the first thing I would tell those young guys (on the Bills), develop a routine first.

“Then from there is becomes easy. The last five or six years I’ve really been paying attention to my body. For example, if I have a toe injury where my toe is getting a little sore. I don’t walk around and try to tough it out, but try to get to the bottom of it and figure out why it’s sore before it becomes a hamstring or a lower back issue because it’s all tied together. Just listening to my body and doing a lot of maintenance every single morning, I come in the building and I do contrast doing the hot and cold tub. Just doing the things I need to do to help my team win.”

I really think that Taylor’s most attractive attribute would be the way in which he can influence Lynch and Jackson so they maximize their potential. Taylor is still very talented in his own right, but with that guy on board, Lynch and Jackson could really blow up if they heed his advice.

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