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|Height: 6.02||Born: Winchester, TN|
|Weight: 309||College: Memphis|
|Birthdate: 1981-12-14||Years: 4 BC / 7 CFL|
Taylor signed as a free agent with the Lions on February 16, 2011.
2013: Eric started all 18 games in 2013 for the first time in his career and ranked third on the club with a career-high five sacks. His 35 tackles last season were also a career-high and ranked fifth among all defensive tackles. Eric’s strong play also earned him four pass knockdowns as well as a forced a fumble while making it three years running with at least one fumble recovery. His five sacks came in five different games including back-to-back affairs in September.
2012: Eric enjoyed an effective second season with the Lions, starting 15 of 18 games. His four sacks ranked fourth on the club and his 21 tackles were the best among Lions interior linemen. Two of his tackles went for a loss and he ranked second in the CFL among defensive linemen with five pass knockdowns in the backfield.
His best game of the season came on Jun 29 vs Winnipeg with two sacks, three tackles, a forced fumble and a pass knockdown.
2011: Taylor joined the Lions in February 2011, but injuries and competition for playing time limited him to just seven regular season games. He regained a spot in the regular lineup over the last three regular season games, rotating along the defensive line with Aaron Hunt and Khreem Smith.
Taylor recorded 21 tackles in just seven games along with three sacks and a forced fumble. He spent nine more weeks on the 46-man roster but was reserved.
Games Played: Career: 73 Playoff: 7 Grey Cup: 1 (2011 w/BC)
2010-2013: Eric has now played 73 CFL games, compiling 18 sacks and 140 tackles. After two seasons with Edmonton and another with Toronto (after a trade for Andre Talbot and Brad Smith), Eric joined the Lions as a free agent for 2011 and has appeared in 40 regular season games plus three playoff tilts for BC.
He has been a part of the post-season in five of his six CFL seasons with three different clubs. Twelve of Eric’s 18 career sacks have come as a member of the Lions and so has his only Grey Cup appearance.
2008-2009: Taylor attended training camp with the NFL's Tennessee Titans before signing with the Edmonton Eskimos in September. He started all six remaining regular season games at defensive tackles, recording 16 tackles, one knockdown, one fumble recovery, two tackles for a loss and one sack. He started both the Eastern Semi-Final and Eastern Final in the Eskimos' crossover playoff run, recording two tackles in each game. Taylor started 13 games at defensive tackle in his second season with the Eskimos, recording 28 tackles, three tackles for loss of two yards, three knockdowns and two sacks.
2004-2007: In 2004, Taylor was selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the seventh round (212th overall) in the 2004 NFL Draft and was added to the club's practice roster following training camp. Taylor attended training camp with the Steelers in 2005 and was placed on the club's practice roster before being released midway through the season. He joined the NFL's Minnesota Vikings, dressed for one game and was subsequently released that December. Taylor signed with the NFL's Seattle Seahawks in 2006 and was placed on the club's practice roster for the duration of the season. Taylor attended training camp in 2007 with the Seahawks and was released.
2000-03: Taylor played 36 games for Memphis, recording 89 tackles (plus 62 assisted), 20 TFL, six sacks, 12 pass break-ups, three forced fumbles and one interception over four seasons with the Tigers.
Eric is the youngest of three brothers and has been playing football since the age of 12. He enjoys spending time with his nephew, Zachery, whom he lists as his biggest fan.
He recently founded an after-school program called STEP (Striving Towards Excellence & Performance) in his hometown of Winchester, Tennessee, that runs a series of clinics to help educate local youth while encouraging them to be physically active. A portion of the proceeds from the program are donated back into various charities throughout the Winchester community.
Eric also enjoys playing basketball and driving his two classic cars in addition to catching episodes of Martin and listening to Bob Marley.