Former Nebraska center and Outland Trophy winner Aaron Taylor is heading for the College Football Hall of Fame.
The 13-member class was announced Monday morning by the National Football Foundation and the College Football Hall of Fame — 10 former players and three coaches.
To give a bit of context on Taylor's accomplishment, consider this: of the almost 5.26 million men who have either played or coached in college football in the past 149 years, only 997 players and 217 coaches (including the 2018 class) have been inducted into the Hall. That's an induction rate of less than 0.02 percent.
Taylor is the 18th Nebraska player to be inducted into the College Hall of Fame and 24th overall. He also joins some impressive company as the sixth Husker selected in the past 12 seasons: Trev Alberts (2015), Tommie Frazier (2013), Will Shields (2011), Grant Wistrom (2009) and Mike Rozier (2006).
The only Nebraska player in school history to earn All-America honors at two different positions, Taylor was a part of three undefeated seasons, all culminating in national championships. He’s also one of nine Nebraska centers (a nation-best) to win the Outland Trophy.
He finished his school career with a then-program record 137 pancake blocks between center and guard before being selected in the seventh round of the 1998 NFL Draft.
His No. 67 jersey was retired by the Huskers in 1998.
The induction ceremony will take place on Dec. 4, 2018, in New York.
Derek is a newbie on the Hail Varsity staff covering Husker athletics. In college, he was best known as ‘that guy from Twitter.’ He has covered a Sugar Bowl, a tennis national championship and almost everything in between (except an NCAA men’s basketball tournament game… *tears*). In his spare time, he can be found arguing with literally anyone about sports.