Success comes in bundles, even if it is completely random at times. Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Davion Taylor was featured on an episode of recently danger in a note asking about religion.
The answer – danger calls questions answers, duh – read: “NFLer Davion Taylor held onto his soccer dreams even though that Christian belief kept him from playing high school football.” None of the candidates came forward with the correct question.
Instead, moderator Mayim Bialik informed the quiz show panel that Taylor was forbidden to play football on Friday or Saturday nights due to his observance of the Seventh-day Adventist Sabbath. It is a true story driven by a deep religious belief and family values.
Taylor’s story was told and retold multiple times during the 2020 NFL draft. His mother Stephanie eventually gave in and made him change his habits. He played college football at Coahoma Community College and then moved to the University of Colorado.
The Eagles selected him in the third round (103rd overall). Taylor explained his journey to the pros immediately after his draft on April 24, 2020.
“So the deal was, when I turned 18, it was my choice,” said Taylor. “I didn’t want to just give up my religion, so when I tried my hand at community college, I actually prayed one night and all. I thought if I was destined to make a team, let me make this team, let me make this team. If not, don’t let me form this team.
“So when I got on the team I felt it was just a sign from God that He was on my side all along, so I accepted that part and thought I will still have a religion and when I come “At home I go to church on Saturdays and all. But I just wanted to keep practicing my religion while I was at it, and I did. “
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It was difficult to bring Taylor up to date through his first two seasons in the NFL. The 23-year-old suffered a knee injury at the end of his rookie year trying to play a punt return and then injured his calf at training camp in 2021.
Taylor has 20 tackles in total in 15 games (one start) over two seasons, mostly on special teams. But the 230-pounder finally seems to be turning the corner after seeing 23 defensive snaps in its career in Week 5. Head coach Nick Sirianni hinted that he would play a bigger role for him.
“He really showed up in OTAs and training camp and showed really good skills and explosive playing skills,” Sirianni told reporters. “So we wanted to be able to play him early and often and he just got injured. He’s been out for a long time, but we were really high and hopeful of Davion from the start. It’s just good to have him back and good that he’s going through everything. “
Taylor was used to dominating with me its physical characteristics in college. When he got into the NFL, the Mississippi native noticed that everyone had the same speed, athleticism, and strength. He had to do extra work in the movie room to get noticed.
“All are strong. All are quick. Everyone is the same, “Taylor told reporters on August 25, 2020. “I just have to pay attention to the details. It’s not just about running to the ball and doing anything to make a game. It’s about doing my job like when I hit the A-gap, staying in the A-gap until the ball breaks, and then I can chase the ball. It’s not just about finding the ball and playing it. “