It’s not easy being a freshman in high-school playing on the varsity team. It’s not easy being the youngest kid entering his first year of Pop Warner. Freshman in college? Yeah, not easy. Take all that and multiply it together and then throw a bunch of money on top and a players first year in the NFL has to be beyond hard. For Miami Dolphins CB Jamar Taylor, it almost forced him to quit.
In college a player goes from being a starter to competing for playing time. Add injuries to the mix and you’re lucky to see the field at all. Taylor saw it for 45 plays when he wasn’t walking to the locker room. And that was when he was activated. Taylor spoke with the Idaho Statesman about his experience as a rookie. An experience that drove him to contemplating quitting.
“Coming back, not being myself, being slower, not as quick, not as agile — watching on Sunday, knowing you want to play, knowing you’re better than some guys and there’s nothing you can do about it,” he said.