Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Taylor Sets Pride Aside after Snub; the Jaguars Running Back Says He'll Go to the Pro Bowl as an Alternate If Needed

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Taylor Sets Pride Aside after Snub; the Jaguars Running Back Says He'll Go to the Pro Bowl as an Alternate If Needed

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Byline: VITO STELLINO

RAIDERS AT JAGUARS

When: 1 p.m. Sunday -- Where: Jacksonville Municipal Stadium -- TV: CBS -- Records: Raiders are 4-10; Jaguars are 10-4.

Fred Taylor, who was having lunch with wife Andrea when he learned Tuesday that he didn't make the Pro Bowl roster, wasn't surprised that he was snubbed once again.

"I don't try to get my hopes up too high," the Jaguars running back said. "I've been through it before. I've been down this road before."

This time, Taylor was upset enough to consider declining an invitation to the NFL's all-star game if asked to be an injury replacement. He was named the first alternate behind LaDainian Tomlinson, Willie Parker and Joseph Addai, so Taylor will receive the first call if one of those three pulls out of the Feb. 10 exhibition in Honolulu.

After some reflection and then asking his wife for her opinion while they were watching a movie, Taylor had second thoughts and now is willing to accept an invitation if it comes.

"She said, 'Prideful people are ugly people. Put it [disappointment] to the side and accept,'" Taylor said. "And one of the secretaries told me that 15 years down the road, if I did accept, I'd be happy I did."

Parker, a Pittsburgh Steelers standout, has been playing with a sore knee and could decide to skip the trip to Hawaii. Taylor was a first alternate last season and didn't get to go.

The Jaguars are 10-4, but they had no players selected to the Pro Bowl. Cornerback Rashean Mathis and fullback Greg Jones are first alternates.

Jones has a good chance to make the trip because starter Lorenzo Neal broke his leg Dec. 9, though the San Diego Charger said he still plans to play in the Pro Bowl.

Taylor said he doesn't want a player to get hurt just so he can play.

"I don't wish anything bad on anyone," he said. "I would never do that."

Taylor's Pro Bowl chances were compromised because the balloting is done after 13 games instead of at the end of the season, so his 147-yard effort last Sunday against the Steelers -- which enabled him to pass Addai in rushing yards -- wasn't a factor. …

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