Chester Taylor
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Chester Taylor
Chester Taylor
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Taylor takes a handoff from Brad Johnson in 2006.
No. 29
Position:Running back
Personal information
Born: (1979-09-22) September 22, 1979 (age 40)
River Rouge, Michigan
Height:5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight:213 lb (97 kg)
Career information
High school:River Rouge (MI)
NFL Draft:2002 / Round: 6 / Pick: 207
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Rushing attempts:1,160
Rushing yards:4,740
Rushing touchdowns:26
Receiving yards:2,324
Receiving touchdowns:6
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Chester Lamar Taylor (born September 22, 1979) is a former American football running back in the National Football League. He was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the sixth round of the 2002 NFL Draft. In 2006, he signed with the Minnesota Vikings and played four seasons before signing with the Chicago Bears. He played college football at the University of Toledo.

Early years

Taylor was a four-time all-state running back and sprinter at River Rouge High School before attending the University of Toledo. While at Toledo, Taylor set school records for rushing yards and touchdowns.[1] In 2001, he led the Rockets to an impressive victory over in-state rival Cincinnati Bearcats in the Motor City Bowl, giving Toledo their first bowl win since the 1995 Las Vegas Bowl. He was named the MVP of the game with 31 (Motor City Bowl Record) carries for 190 yards (then a Motor City Bowl Record) and a touchdown. In track, Taylor competed in the 100-meter dash and recorded a PR of 11.14 seconds.

Taylor ranked seventh in nation for the 2001 season with 1,492 rushing yards (268 attempts, 5.3 yards-per-carry) and 20 touchdowns. He also hauled in 26 receptions for 242 yards and three touchdowns, with a longest reception of 43 yards.

Taylor was named North Team MVP in the 2002 Hula Bowl.

College statistics

Year Team Att Yds TD Rec Yds TD
2000 Toledo Rockets 250 1560 18 17 129 1
2001 Toledo Rockets 268 1430 20 26 242 3

Professional career

Baltimore Ravens

Taylor was taken with the 35th pick in the sixth round (207th overall) of the 2002 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Ravens. He spent four years backing up Jamal Lewis, seeing minimal yet increasing playing time throughout his tenure with the team. He also developed himself as a receiving threat, making him the Ravens third down back.

Taylor (29) lines up with the Vikings in January, 2009.

Minnesota Vikings

Taylor was signed by the Minnesota Vikings to a four-year, $14.1 million contract on March 12, 2006.[2] On October 22, 2006, Taylor set a Vikings franchise record for longest run from scrimmage when he ran for a 95-yard touchdown in the third quarter, which is also an NFL record for the longest run in the 3rd quarter, against the Seattle Seahawks. He also broke 1000 rushing yards for the first time in his NFL career. Taylor and Adrian Peterson were considered one of the NFL's top running back tandems.

Chicago Bears

Taylor was signed by the Chicago Bears to a four-year, $12.5 million contract on March 5, 2010.[3] In 2010, Taylor shared carries with running back Matt Forte. His stats fell compared to his times with the Ravens and Vikings and rushed for only 267 yards on 112 carries for a 2.4 yard average.[4]

Taylor was released by Chicago during final cuts on September 3, 2011.

Arizona Cardinals

Taylor was claimed via waivers for a one-year contract by the Arizona Cardinals on September 4, 2011.[5]

See also


  1. ^ "Chester Taylor #29". Retrieved .
  2. ^ Vikings make splash, land RB Taylor, K Longwell
  3. ^ Bears, Taylor agree to 4-year deal
  4. ^ LeGere, Bob (2011-07-29). "Pay that man his money". Daily Herald. Retrieved .
  5. ^ Missing or empty |title= (help)[dead link]
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Mewelde Moore
Minnesota Vikings Starting Running Backs
Succeeded by
Adrian Peterson

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