Despite going undrafted in the 2014 NFL Draft, Taylor Gabriel has emerged from the setback a prolific wide receiver who played in a Super Bowl. Taylor, known for his fiery speed has overcome concerns about his talent and height to play for NFL teams like the Atlanta Falcons and the Chicago Bears.
Taylor Gabriel’s Early Life
Taylor Gabriel entered this world on 17th February 1991. He started his athletic career at John Horn High School and despite a diversified sporting background that involved football, basketball, and track, Gabriel settled for football where he was a three-year letterman, playing in the wide receiver, cornerback, and kick returner positions. Gabriel’s performances in football started to earn him a reputation as an athlete with great hands and thunderous speed. In high school, he earned himself a Class 5A TSWA All-State position in his senior year with 1354 yards, 13 touchdowns, and 90 catches. His high school career ended with him being named his district, 11-5A, most valuable player.
He may not have been a draft pick in 2014 but it wasn’t for a lack of talent or notable performances. Gabriel, who played college football for Abilene Christian University, ended his college career with 3027 years, 215 receptions and 27 touchdowns as the second best player in the school’s history. He didn’t make a mark for himself in football alone, at the end of college, he graduated with a degree in business.
Taylor Gabriel’s NFL Career
His college performances did not come out as worthy for the men in the glasshouses of NFL teams and he went undrafted in the 2014 draft. Gabriel wasn’t completely ignored and was signed by the Cleveland Browns as an undrafted free agent for the 2014 season. In his professional rookie season, he made 36 receptions, completing 621 yards and one touchdown. Despite a not so bad stint at the Browns, he was released on September 3, 2016.
Gabriel was later signed by the Atlanta Falcons and it was with the team that Gabriel’s performances began to grow into the world beater his talent says he can be. Gabriel helped the team to a series of wins that led them to an appearance in the Super Bowl LI. Even though Gabriel and his team were unable to claim a Super Bowl victory for their work in the 2016 season, he played a prominent role and was an important player for the heights the Falcons reached in the season. During the season, Gabriel had 35 receptions, 579 yards, and 6 touchdowns. A change in the offensive personnel of the Falcons kept Gabriel from matching or outperforming his 2016 performances during the next season. He finished the season with 378 yards, 33 receptions and a single touchdown.
Gabriel joined the Chicago Bears in 2018 where it is believed that the right combinations would be found to unleash the top performances that obviously reside in him. He has already started on a bright note, securing just in his fourth game – a season-high seven receptions and 104 yards with two touchdowns.
Personal and Family Details
Taylor Gabriel is the second child born to Calvin and Kimberly Gabriel. His father, Calvin, is an IBM software engineer and his mother had a career as a claims adjuster, suggesting that he belonged to a minority of black athletes who have a decent background.
One of the concerns about Taylor through his career so far has been his height. The wide receiver who stands at just 5 feet 8 inches at 75 kg of weight is one of the shortest wide receivers in the league. While this might pose as a limiting challenge to other athletes, Taylor hasn’t let it deter him. His athleticism and dynamic speed make him a thorn in the flesh of opposing teams.
Interesting Facts About Taylor Gabriel
- Why Taylor almost quit football
Taylor, lost his mother when he was 15. She died of a brain aneurysm. This devastation caused Taylor to quit football but the hiatus only lasted a month, after convincing himself that his mother would want him to be playing.
- His nickname
One of Taylor’s defining qualities is his speed. The Chicago Bears young star has an explosive speed and an acceleration that leaves fans in awe. He was nicknamed ‘Turbo’ for this quality and it definitely fits.
- Star sign
For Zodiac followers, Taylor’s star sign is Aquarius. He was born on the 17th of February, 1991 which falls in the Aquarius bracket.