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    Jaguars running back Fred Taylor boarded the single-propeller, 15-seat plane in Africa, chatting about the safari he had just been on with Samari Rolle, Lito Sheppard and their wives.

    A few minutes later, the group shared another unforgettable experience.

    The plane door flew open at around 6,000 feet, causing panic and prayer before the pilot landed at a nearby runway.

    "I thought that was it," Taylor said following the final day of Jacksonville's three-day minicamp. "I put my head down and started praying. The runway was about two miles away, but it seemed like it took 10 or 15 minutes to get there."

    Taylor joked that it was the first time he felt like he was near death "since I was playing for (coach Tom) Coughlin."

    Although startling, the brief scare did little to spoil Taylor's vacation.

    He visited Zambia, Zimbabwe, and in South Africa the cities of Johannesburg and Cape Town during the two-week trip, getting several history lessons while trying to learn and experience various cultures.

    "I don't think we can survive in Africa the way those people do," he said. "It's amazing how strong-minded and strong-willed they are."

    The highlight -- maybe the low point as well -- was the safari through Kruger National Park, the largest game reserve in South Africa.

    Taylor saw countless wildlife on the guided tour, including several big-game animals, and made lasting memories with his wife and friends. But the one he would like to forget is the plane ride back.

    "That was some frightening stuff," he said.

    Taylor's offseason included another major event. He signed a three-year contract extension, hoping to finish his career with the Jaguars.

    Taylor ran for 1,146 yards and five touchdowns last year and averaged a career-best 5.0 yards a carry. He teamed with rookie Maurice Jones-Drew to run for 2,087 yards and 18 touchdowns and give Jacksonville one of the best running tandems in the league.

    The backfield should get even more help this season because multipurpose back Greg Jones has returned from a knee injury.

    Taylor, whose early career was marred by injuries, missed one game last season with a strained hamstring and sat out most of another.

    He was voted the first alternate to the Pro Bowl, and credited his success to having spent the offseason working out near his home in South Florida. Although he still plans to travel back and forth over the next few months, he said he will stay in Jacksonville at least through next week to learn the team's new offense.

    "I'm dedicated," Taylor said. "I don't want to get too far away from my stuff, but I want to catch up with the offense. I don't want to be too far behind. There's a lot of different terminology in there.

    "I feel like next week, just being here, that will be enough time for me to learn the system and then I'll be able to decide if I'm going to stay longer or go away."

    Coach Jack Del Rio applauded Taylor's decision to train -- even if it is part-time -- in Jacksonville.

    "Fred is one of the leaders on the team," Del Rio said. "He's taken care of his business and came in (here) in great shape and brings a veteran presence that we like to have, and I'm glad to hear he's going to be spending more time with us."

    Taylor wasn't so sure that would happen when the plane door flew open.

    "I just started praying," he said.
    that would be scary as hell. Thank god he survived though.
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    Wow thank God they all survived. Just imagine how large the tragedy would be if Fred Taylor, Samari Rolle, and Lito Sheppards and all of their wives went down, I'm sure these 3 have a new perspective on life. Nice to see Fred could joke about it and that he doesn't have any physiological barrier or anything.

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    • #3
      I wasn't sure if Lito and Samari were on the plane with them because they didn't really specify in that article, but I guess they were. That would've been horrible though.
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      • #4
        Jaguars running back Fred Taylor boarded the single-propeller, 15-seat plane in Africa, chatting about the safari he had just been on with Samari Rolle, Lito Sheppard and their wives.

        A few minutes later, the group shared another unforgettable experience.


        They were on I'm guessing, the article is focused on Fred cause it's a Jacksonville newspaper.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Ghettosermon View Post
          Jaguars running back Fred Taylor boarded the single-propeller, 15-seat plane in Africa, chatting about the safari he had just been on with Samari Rolle, Lito Sheppard and their wives.

          A few minutes later, the group shared another unforgettable experience.


          They were on I'm guessing, the article is focused on Fred cause it's a Jacksonville newspaper.
          I missed the 2nd part I guess.
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          • #6
            That type of thing could really change someones outlook, or career. Sometimes those things make people rethink their prior goals and decide to do something else. Not saying these guys will, but you never know how this could affect them psychologically.

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            • #7
              I read that a few days ago and was going to post it but I was expecting it to be posted in the Jags team forum.

              My cousins favorite player used to be Fred Taylor when the Browns weren't around so I have always liked him, in fact I grew up on liking running backs (Barry Sanders, TD, Eddie George, Fred Taylor.)

              Glad he made it out O.K., I have always pulled for him to do good.

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              • #8
                The league could've lived without em....J/k j/k really don't neg rep me lol...Thank god though, something like that is always good to hear.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Phrost View Post
                  The league could've lived without em....J/k j/k really don't neg rep me lol...Thank god though, something like that is always good to hear.
                  wtf?
                  its good to hear that somebody almost died?
                  its good to joke about death?
                  im glad i dont know you

                  ha, your a funny dood man, neg rep for you


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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by jkpigskin View Post
                    wtf?
                    its good to hear that somebody almost died?
                    its good to joke about death?
                    im glad i dont know you

                    ha, your a funny dood man, neg rep for you
                    Its good to hear they lived idiot.

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                    • #11
                      Thank god nothing happened to these guys. All 3 are world class athletes and people.

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                      • #12
                        Taylor joked that it was the first time he felt like he was near death "since I was playing for (coach Tom) Coughlin."


                        Yup.....

                        *sigh*

                        I hate Tom Coughlin.....

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                        • #13
                          fred taylor is THE man, so happy he is still here

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                          • #14
                            *sigh of relief* Losing arguably our franchises greatest player, probably would have driven me near insanity.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by bigbluedefense View Post
                              Taylor joked that it was the first time he felt like he was near death "since I was playing for (coach Tom) Coughlin."


                              Yup.....

                              *sigh*

                              I hate Tom Coughlin.....
                              With you all the way.

                              Originally posted by jkpigskin View Post
                              wtf?
                              its good to hear that somebody almost died?
                              its good to joke about death?
                              im glad i dont know you

                              ha, your a funny dood man, neg rep for you
                              You sir, need to learn what a friggin' joke is, and you could do with a course in reading as well. Don't start neg reppin' people for no good reason at all. Nobody kidds around with death.

                              Oh and there's someone I think you should meet too:

                              He's called mr. Apostrophe and you might want to start using him. You know, he looks like this: ' and he's really useful when you write.


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