Tyrod Taylor isn't your typical quarterback. Not the proto-type on or off the field. His journey has inspired many across the nation through his grit, work ethic, from young high schoolers to pro's alike. Watch his journey by hovering over each stage of his career and see how he continues to develop on and off the field.
Most High School’s didn’t start 13 year old baby faced freshman. Hampton High called upon Taylor when senior quarterback Mike Robinson went down with an injury in the teams final pre-season scrimmage. Taylor with no hesitation quickly became one of the most prized young talents in the Hampton Roads area. A poised play caller, Taylor would also thrive as a kick-returner and safety. A 3 sport (basketball/track) athlete during his 4 letterman years, Taylor would leave Hampton High as a state champion and the country’s #1 dual-threat quarterback.
2008-2011 starting Quarterback – Orange Bowl Victory – 3 ACC titles – ACC player of the year in 2010
Selected in the 6th Round of the 2011 NFL Draft, Taylor quickly learned he would need time to adjust to the pro level. No longer the celebrated collegiate All-American, an opportunity in the NFL would come as a back-up to Baltimore Ravens franchise quarterback, Joe Flacco. No time to sulk about playing time, Taylor focused on preparing himself for the opportunity he knew would one day come. Film study, daily competition with Joe Flacco on the practice field. Off-seasons spent with former NFL quarterback Jeff Garcia preparing his mind and arm for the time when he would be the starter. In 2012 Taylor won a Super Bowl XLVII; As a back-up, rarely contributing on Sunday’s. 2014, an expiring rookie contract approaching, a desire to prove to himself once again that he can compete at the game highest level Taylor again indulged in the only method he knew, PREPARATION.
Taylor tests the waters of free agency in his 5th NFL Season. An opportunity to prove himself worthy to be a starter in the NFL, Taylor elected to travel north and sign with coach Rex Ryan and the Buffalo Bills. A journey lied ahead, the feat of beating out 2 worthy candidates for the starting role. In late August the years of preparation paid off as Taylor was named starter for the first time in his pro career. The 2015 season brought preferred scrambling from the pocket turned down for precision passing from the pocket. Naysayers who thought the 6’1 height of Taylor posed as an obstacle would soon praise his ability to deliver down field with consistent accuracy. An organization instilled trust in Taylor to carry the weight of a city needed to be resurrected. Taylor brought rejuvinated excitement to the Bills franchise. Records were broken. A pro bowl selection earned. T5 has arrived!
Tyrod is traded to the Cleveland Browns and prized as a vital piece to a rebuilding organization where he is named team captain and a veteran leader of a promising team as the starting quarterback in his 8th NFL Season.
Taylor joins the LA Chargers in his 9th NFL Season.