I know most will say coulda shoulda woulda. Taylor could have went down as the 2nd greatest runner of all time.
137 starts out of 153 games
avg 4.6 for his career
rushed for 11695 while missing 55 games.
had 2534 rushing attempts which averaged out to be 16
carries per game
Based on that he missed out on 880 carries..
Based on his avg rush per carry that is 4048 yards
Add that to 11695 and that = 15743 over 13 seasons.
Emmitt Smith had 4409 carries for 18355 yards with a 4.2 avg
Smith had 219 starts and played in 226 games. (missed 18 games)
73 more games than Taylor. Emmitt also carried the ball 1875 more times than Fred Taylor did.
These numbers may be a little skewd, but based on some quick calculations:
If Taylor could have played in 226 games he would have amassed 5580 more yards which would have given him 17275 yards rushing good enough to put him safely in 2nd place ahead of Walter Payton who has 16,726 yards rushing.
1080 yards less than the All-Time rush leader in NFL History.
If he could have back just have half of the 55 games he missed that would have given him another 2090 yards which would put him around 13785 yards for his career(based on his 76 yards per game avg). Which would put him 5th all-time just ahead of LaDaninian Tomlinson at 13684.
He needed just a mere 584 yards to be in the top 10 all-time in rushing. Even worse, he needed just 618 yards to surpass Jim Brown.
If Taylor could have just had that season back where he threw the ball down, then he would have easily rushed for 1,000 yards that season good enough for 9th all time just behind Tony Dorsett.
He would be a first ballot Hall of Famer, with no question. I know this is just tossing numbers around, but man...talk about being right there in the mix of the greatest of all time...
This post has been edited by JagFanatic24: Mar 27 2012 07:31 PM