Posted: 12:59 pm Saturday, November 19th, 2011

Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith sends a gift to Glades Day’s Kelvin Taylor 

By Matt Porter

A few days before his record was broken, Emmitt Smith said he would to do something to commemorate Kelvin Taylor’s achievement. After Taylor broke the record, Glades Day coach Pete Walker said he knew Smith was cooking up something.

Kelvin Taylor tweeted a picture of the signed ball Emmitt Smith sent him. (

Kelvin Taylor tweeted a picture of the signed ball Emmitt Smith sent him. (

Friday in Belle Glade, we found out what Smith had in mind. Taylor was presented with a signed ball in honor of his passing Smith to become Florida’s all-time high school rushing yards leader.

The ball was presented to Taylor by his father, former NFL standout Fred Taylor, at halftime of Glades Day’s 35-8 win over Champagnat Catholic. The ball listed Taylor’s career stats and last week’s statistics in his record-setting game against South Fork.

“It really meant a lot to me,” Taylor said after the game. “That is a very big honor and I am so thankful.”

Saturday morning, Taylor showed the world his latest honor via his Twitter account, @ImKelvinTaylor (right).

“S/O to Mr. @EmmittSmith22, thx for passing the torch and thx for the ball. Hope to be good like u and my pops 1 day,” Taylor wrote along with the picture.

Taylor, who rushed for 210 yards and three touchdowns Friday, now has 9,185 yards on 1,027 carries, which makes him the first 9,000-yard rusher in Florida history. He added to his state-record rushing touchdown total (144).

This coming Friday, Glades Day faces Jupiter Christian in the Class 2A regional finals, marking the third year in a row the teams have met in that round of the playoffs. In last year’s game, Taylor set a state record for rushing yards in a single game (437) with five touchdowns. In 2009, Taylor had 271 yards and five touchdowns. Glades Day won state championships both years.

In case you missed it, click here for last week’s complete coverage of Taylor’s record-breaking night and click here for more on Taylor’s slew of county and state records.


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