JACKSONVILLE — On his way into EverBank Field, a place where he once dazzled the NFL, Fred Taylor stopped at a rarely-obeyed stop sign inside the parking lot.He paused, pensively.”I think this is better than a Super Bowl,” Taylor told his wife.They sat there for 30 seconds.As the best running back to play for the Jaguars turned left into the parking lot, he imagined the fans filing into the stadium. They watched a soft-spoken rookie from Belle Glade turn into a star, perhaps one of the most underrated running backs ever, one with the 15th-most rushing yards in NFL history.He recalled the first time he ever drove there — just after the Jaguars drafted him ninth overall in 1998. He thought about what he was about to do, one of the most difficult decisions he’s ever made.When he walked through the doors, he signed a contract to become a Jaguar again for just one more day so the franchise could honor him and everything he did for it. When he left, Fred Taylor was retired.”It’s unreal,” Taylor said. “It’s a moment that I knew would come. I wouldn’t have wanted any other way. I’ve always known that I would retire as a Jaguar. … It’s amazing how time goes by.”Taylor tried to speak as soon as he sat on stage in front of a gathering of Jaguars executives, players and staff.He tried, but he cried instead, overwhelmed by the honor. He took a moment to compose himself but didn’t succeed. Instead he spoke through his tears.He thanked his grandmother, who he called the love of his life. She raised him and four siblings in a two-bedroom apartment in Belle Glade. He thanked his wife, who he credits with changing his life and maturing him.Admittedly, the former Gators star, didn’t always make the best decisions. He looks back on some moments, thinking of ways he might have been even better than he was. One such was a game on Nov. 19, 2000, in Pittsburgh when Taylor set a franchise record for rushing yards in a game that still stands.Two days before that game, Taylor attended a party in Orlando. As he recalls, he had “a drink or two too many.” He returned to Jacksonville that Saturday morning just before meetings and felt dehydrated for the next day.”Thankfully for me, or for us, because they were depending on me, that it was a night game,” Taylor said after his press conference. “Had it been a Sunday afternoon game, I don’t know if I had made it.”… It led to that. I really believe it should have been a record day. They didn’t tackle me. I tackled myself.”Even with that physical strain, Taylor rushed for 234 yards.On stage he lamented what he thought was his lack of accountability. He told his teammates he failed at being the true leader they needed. They didn’t agree.”That’s just Fred being humble,” Jaguars cornerback Rashean Mathis said. “I wouldn’t expect anything else from him. He didn’t fail us, but life still goes on. Those things that he felt he could be better to us, he can be better to his wife and kids.”– Fred Taylor’s will be the next jersey placed in The Pride of the Jaguars, next to offensive lineman Tony Boselli’s, Jaguars owner Wayne Weaver said.”He really was the heart and soul of this team in some of our early years,” Weaver said.A highlight video shown before he spoke included two clips from the Jaguars playoff win over Miami after the 1999 season. One was a 90-yard run, the other a 39-yard catch.It was only Taylor’s second NFL season, but already he was becoming a star. He set the Jaguars all-time record for rushing yards by a rookie,He is the Jaguars all-time leader in career rushing yards, rushing yards by a rookie, rushing for 1,223 yards in 1998. He also holds Jaguars records for career yards with 11,271 and single-season yards with 1,572 in 2003.It could have been more.He missed six games in 1999, three with a knee injury to start the 2000 season. Taylor suffered a gruesome groin injury in 2001, in which the muscle was torn off the bone. It sidelined him for 14 games.– When the Jaguars released Taylor in 2008, he thought that might have been the end of his career. Instead, he got another chance with the New England Patriots.”He was like, ‘Maybe this is the opportunity to have my fairytale ending,’” his wife, Andrea Taylor said. “Didn’t happen that way.”Taylor spent two seasons in Foxborough and only played in 14 games due to injuries.Before the Patriots January playoff game, Taylor approached Patriots coach Bill Belichick and asked him if he could be with the team for that game, though he’d be inactive. He knew it might be his last NFL game and told Belichick he planned to retire.Actually retiring was not such an easy thing.This offseason Taylor continued working out, by himself at an LA Fitness, just in case he could make another run.He didn’t want to be in a training camp, until he saw the new collective bargaining agreement, which removed padded two-a-days and significantly limited how strenuous camp could be.”When I saw the CBA I said I need to turn it up,” Taylor said. “I can get into camp somewhere that’s going to be a piece of cake and then a couple days, I trained hard for about a week and then I realized I’m not as young as I once was. The healing process, recovery, it’s a little longer.”I was like who am I fooling?” Running back Maurice Jones-Drew, was among the handful of players attending the press conference. But a different young running back wanted meet Taylor for the first time.”He’s a legend to me,” second-year running back Deji Karim said. “Just told him about respecting him, I appreciate what he’s done for the game. Mo talks about him all the time. … Watching him today was just remarkable. Getting to be around somebody like him is a once in a lifetime opportunity.”When they shook hands, Taylor told Karim to listen to Jones-Drew, closing a circle. Five years ago, Taylor taught Jones-Drew and Jones-Drew listened to him.