Georgia offered Fred Taylor $50K — which he took — before going to Florida

Fred Taylor, Florida Gators. (Getty Images)
Fred Taylor, Florida Gators. (Getty Images) /

The Georgia football program supposedly offered Florida football legend, Fred Taylor, around $50,000 before he ended up starring for the Gators.

The cat is out of the duffle bag, as former Florida football superstar running back Fred Taylor admitted to taking roughly $50,000 from the Georgia football program during his recruitment in the mid-1990s.

Taylor was asked about the five-figure sum of money on Bussin’ With The Boys by Will Compton and Taylor Lewan. While he seemed a tad reticent to answer the incriminating question, the former Jacksonville Jaguars star let it be known to the boys. This AFC South rivalry may be a hot one, but it is nothing like the one played out in Jacksonville between the Gators and the Dawgs.

Here is the entire video clip about Taylor saying how he got “the duffle bag” from Georgia.

Florida football legend Fred Taylor admits to taking money from rival Georgia

Look. Taylor grew up in South Florida, so it would have been more shocking for him to make his way to Athens for college than to Gainesville. If he grew up in the neutral territory that is Jacksonville, things might have been a tad different. Ultimately, he played for the better head coach at the time in Steve Spurrier and helped the Gators win their first national title in 1996.

With the dawn of NIL, more and more stories about top high school and college athletes taking money during their years as amateurs from yesteryear will bubble to the surface.

Ultimately, everybody and their brother knows that the seedy underbelly of college recruitment has always been there. Not until very recently has the dog, so to speak, rolled over. Taylor playing both sides of the coin was smart, as he was roughly $50,000 richer, won more games at Florida and put together arguably the most underrated career by a running back in the history of the NFL.

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