Called by coach Robert Bero “the best all-around athlete in the state,” Taylor (6-4, 190, 4.5) was a three-year starter at defensive back and two-time 5A all-state selection in football, an all-district player on the Lobos’ 1992 state championship basketball team and ran a leg on the state champion 1,600-meter relay squad. As a junior, he intercepted four passes and returned three kickoffs for TDs to earn first-team TEXAS FOOTBALL Super Team recognition, then led Longview to a 9-3 record and the area finals as a senior. Taylor was also named to the UIL All-Century first team selected by fan balloting in 2009. Listed among the state’s top 30 recruits, he signed with Notre Dame, where he was a Jim Thorpe Award finalist as a sophomore and earned consensus all-America honors as a junior in 1994. A second-round draft pick of Philadelphia in 1995, he spent 10 seasons in the NFL, earning the Ed Block Courage Award in 1998 and a Pro Bowl berth in 2002.