The 2004 Auburn Tigers football team was loaded with star power.
Quarterback Jason Campbell led the offense, while the ground attack was manned by running backs Cadillac Williams and Ronnie Brown. In the passing game, Campbell’s favorite target was undoubtedly wide receiver Courtney Taylor.
Taylor opened up the running game by keeping defenses like Georgia and Arkansas honest out wide.
What has the star receiver been up to since inking his name in the Auburn football record books?
Courtney Taylor Auburn Career
Taylor attended Carrollton High School in his hometown of Carrollton, Alabama. A quarterback and cornerback in high school, Taylor switched to wide receiver when he arrived at Auburn University.
It turned out to be a solid decision.
Taylor recorded 2,098 receiving yards on 153 career receptions and scored nine touchdowns as a Tiger. He only missed one game in his four-year college football career.
He left The Plains as the school’s all-time receptions leader only to be surpassed by Ryan Davis’s 178 a decade later.
The former Auburn pass-catcher was selected by the Seattle Seahawks in the sixth round of the 2007 NFL Draft. He worked his way into a starting role by his second season before being demoted to the practice squad. During this time, Taylor was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.
He was released in the 2009 offseason.
Taylor then migrated north of the border to join the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League. In five years in the CFL, Taylor hauled in 145 catches for 1,789 yards and 10 touchdowns. He retired in 2016.
Courtney Taylor Now
Courtney is now 37. He spends his time teaching young football players receiving skills. According to LinkedIn and Twitter, he’s been a coach at several football specific academies such as Heir Football, Wideout University and the Mercer Island Youth Football Program.
No. 86 was a stud during his time at Auburn. The next pipeline of great receivers are in good hands if Courtney Taylor is teaching them.