Aaron Taylor
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Taylor at 2016 Mountain West Media Days
No. 73
Position:Offensive guard
Personal information
Born: (1972-11-14) November 14, 1972 (age 50)
San Francisco, California
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:305 lb (138 kg)
Career information
High school:De La Salle
(Concord, California)
College:Notre Dame
NFL Draft:1994 / Round: 1 / Pick: 16
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played:75
Games started:75
Fumbles recovered:4
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Aaron Matthew Taylor (born November 14, 1972) is a former professional American football player who was an offensive guard in the National Football League (NFL) for six seasons. He played college football for the University of Notre Dame and was a two-time All-American. A first-round pick in the 1994 NFL Draft, he played professionally for the Green Bay Packers and the San Diego Chargers of the NFL. Taylor works as a college football analyst and television sportscaster. He is the Founder of the Joe Moore Award for the most outstanding offensive line unit in college football - the only major college football award going to a group versus an individual. Aaron Taylor is a speaker on teamwork and performance at summits, events, corporate retreats, universities. In 2021, Taylor was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame[1]

Early years

Taylor was born in San Francisco, California.[2] He graduated from De La Salle High School in Concord, California,[3] where he played high school football for the De La Salle Spartans.

College career

He attended the University of Notre Dame, and played offensive tackle for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team from 1990 to 1993.[4] He was a consensus first-team All-American in 1992 and 1993 and won the Lombardi Award in 1993.[4] He was also a senior team captain and an Outland Trophy finalist in 1993.[4]

Professional career

Taylor was selected in the first round (16th pick overall) of the 1994 NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers,[5] and he played for the Packers from 1995 to 1997.[6] Taylor's promising career was repeatedly interrupted by knee injuries, but he won a starting job at guard and played in two Super Bowls with the Packers, including the Packers' 1997 championship win in Super Bowl XXXI. After signing a large contract to play with the San Diego Chargers in 1998, Taylor continued to be plagued by injuries, leading to his retirement from the NFL after the 1999 season.

Post-playing career

Taylor works as a college football analyst for CBS Sports Network. He previously worked as an analyst for ABC Sports, and as co-host of the network's college football coverage with John Saunders and Craig James. Taylor provides color commentary for CBSSN's coverage of the World's Strongest Man competition. He is married to Bulgarian Olympic beach volleyball player Lina Yanchulova, and has two sons and a daughter.


  1. ^ "Taylor Selected to College Football Hall of Fame Class of 2021". Notre Dame Fighting Irish - Official Athletics Website. January 11, 2021. Retrieved January 27, 2021.
  2. ^ National Football League, Historical Players, Aaron Taylor. Retrieved February 15, 2012.
  3. ^ databaseFootball.com, Players, Aaron Taylor Archived March 24, 2012, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved February 15, 2012.
  4. ^ a b c Notre Dame Fighting Irish Athletics, Archives, Aaron Taylor. Retrieved February 15, 2012.
  5. ^ Pro Football Hall of Fame, Draft History, 1994 National Football League Draft. Retrieved February 15, 2012.
  6. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com, Players, Aaron Taylor. Retrieved February 15, 2012.