The journey to starting quarterback in the NFL has been long and somewhat inevitable for Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor. There are no guarantees in sports, but Taylor was groomed from an early age for success in football.
As a youngster growing up in Hampton, Tyrod Taylor didn’t have to look far for a role model. The 757 was loaded with great players at the time: Aaron Brooks, Alan Iverson and Michael Vick. But right in front of Taylor was Hampton Crabber great Ronald Curry. The Crabbers won 3 state titles under Curry before he left Hampton to play his college ball at the University of North Carolina. The Crabbers didn’t skip a beat under Taylor who led the team to a 34-4 record during his time under center. Tyrod was named the Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Virginia before embarking on a successful career at Virginia Tech.
At Tech, Taylor finished as the school’s all-time leading passer. He led the Hokies to the ACC Championship in 2008 and 2010 and was named the ACC Player of the Year in 2010.
All the success in college did not payoff immediately for Taylor. He was the 11th quarterback taken in the 2011 draft and sat patiently behind Joe Flacco in Baltimore for four years before being picked up by the Bills.
And now Taylor’s time is here and last weekend, he made the most of his professional debut as a starting quarterback by leading the Bills past the Colts 27-14. While one game does not make a career, it’s a good sign for Taylor and the Bills as they head into a week two matchup against the champion New England Patriots.
Taylor’s patience and perseverance are a great lesson to the next young player who is currently on their own journey here in the 757.