The Chargers knew
Taylor grew up in Franklinton, La., the second-youngest of Curtis and Annette Taylor’s nine children. He was groomed and toughened by two older brothers, Curtis and Jhyryn, both of whom played for the Tigers. But Taylor charted his own path in football, making a challenging switch from cornerback to strong safety. His willingness to sacrifice for the team made him one of LSU’s most popular players. Before his senior season, head coach Les Miles called Taylor into his office and informed the team captain that he’d been chosen to wear the Tigers’ coveted No. 18 jersey. In a tradition that was born in 2003, the LSU coaching staff picks one player who exemplifies character and leadership to wear the No. 18 jersey each season. Chargers teammate
Brother, Curtis, played on LSU’s National Championship team in 2007 and was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in 2008. He’s currently a reserve cornerback with the Oakland Raiders.