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Earle Taylor

Earle Taylor
Florida Gators
Position Halfback/Kicker
Career history
College Florida (1908–1912)
Bowl games Bacardi Bowl (1912)
Personal information
Date of birth (1891-02-02)February 2, 1891
Place of birth Ashland, Kansas
Date of death September 10, 1955(1955-09-10) (aged 64)
Place of death Gainesville, Florida
Weight 165 lb (75 kg)
Career highlights and awards

Earle Abbott "Dummy" Taylor (February 2, 1891 – September 10, 1955)[1] was a college football player and oil company distributor.[2]


  • Early years 1
  • University of Florida 2
    • 1909 2.1
    • 1910 2.2
    • 1911 2.3
    • 1912 2.4
  • Later years 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Early years

Taylor was born in Ashland, Kansas, in 1891.[3] By age nine, he had moved with his family to Gainesville, Florida. His father, Herbert Taylor, was employed as a bank cashier.[4]

University of Florida

Taylor played at the right halfback position for the Florida Gators football team of the University of Florida from 1908 to 1912;[5][6] the only UF player to earn five football letters.[7][8] Some describe him as the school's first star athlete.[9] Taylor was described by contemporaneous newspaper accounts as a legendary broken field runner and a master of the hidden ball trick, who could drop-kick field goals "at seemingly impossible angles and distance."[5] He is a member of the University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame.[10]

He was nominated though not selected for an Associated Press All-Time Southeast 1869-1919 era team.[11] Taylor was picked as a halfback for an All-Time Florida Gators football team in 1927.[12]


Taylor kicked three field goals to beat the Jacksonville Olympics in 1909.[13]


He was captain of the 1910 team.


Taylor featured on the undefeated 1911 team captained by Neal Storter. He scored in the tie with South Carolina.[14] Of the 84 points scored by Florida in 1911, Taylor scored 49: 25 points on the ground and 24 on field goals and points-after. He also threw two touchdown passes.[5] His 8 field goals were a then school record.[9]


He was also on the 1912 team which played in the Bacardi Bowl. Earlier in the season, the Gators got their first ever win over South Carolina. Taylor made a field goal.[15]

Later years

Taylor continued to reside in Gainesville, Florida. As of June 1917, he was employed as a master mechanic for the Florida Industrial Corporation in Gainesville.[3] In 1920, he was living in Gainesville and employed as an engineer.[16] In 1930, he was living in Gainesville with his wife, Leonilla and their six-year-old son, Earl, Jr., and he was employed as a wholesale dealer in gas and oil.[17] In 1940, he remained Gainesville with his wife and son and was employed as a consignee for the Texas Oil Company.[18] He died in Gainesville in 1955 after suffering a heart attack at age 64.[2]


  1. ^ United States World War 1 Registration Cards
  2. ^ a b "Dummy Taylor Dies at Gainesville Home". Ocala Star Banner. September 12, 1955. p. 6. 
  3. ^ a b Draft Registration Card for Earle Abbott Taylor, born February 2, 1891, Ashland, Kansas. U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 [database on-line]. Registration State: Florida; Registration County: Alachua; Roll: 1556849
  4. ^ Census entry for Herbert Taylor and family. Son Earle A. Taylor, born Feb. 1891 in Kansas. Son Herbert S. Taylor, born 1887 in Kansas. Wife Mary born in Virginia. Census Place: Gainsville, Alachua, Florida; Roll: 165; Page: 6A; Enumeration District: 0007; FHL microfilm: 1240165. 1900 United States Federal Census [database on-line].
  5. ^ a b c "Florida Gators History". 
  6. ^ "Changing Faces of UF Football". 
  7. ^ Steve Rajtar. Gone Pro: Florida Gators Athletes Who Became Pros. p. 26. 
  8. ^ Antonya English. "100 Things about 100 years of Gator football". 
  9. ^ a b The Times-Union (September 1, 2006). "10 top 10 lists". Retrieved April 17, 2015. 
  10. ^ Pat Dooley (April 4, 1997). "Bell of the ball: Kerwin joins UF hall". 
  11. ^ "U-T Greats On All-Time Southeast Team". Kingsport Post. July 31, 1969. 
  12. ^ "Writer Picks All-Time Gator Eleven, Going Back 10 Years To Name Taylor And Storter". The Evening Independent. October 14, 1927. p. 5A. 
  13. ^ "On this date in Gators history: October 23, 1909". October 23, 2012. 
  14. ^ "1911". 
  15. ^ "On this date in Gators History: Oct 19, 1912". October 19, 2012. 
  16. ^ Census entry for E. A. Taylor, age 29, born in Kansas. Census Place: Gainesville, Alachua, Florida; Roll: T625_214; Page: 42A; Enumeration District: 10; Image: 312. 1920 United States Federal Census [database on-line].
  17. ^ Census entry for Earle A. Taylor, age 39, born in Kansas. Census Place: Gainesville, Alachua, Florida; Roll: 306; Page: 11B; Enumeration District: 0014; Image: 314.0; FHL microfilm: 2340041. 1930 United States Federal Census [database on-line].
  18. ^ Census entry for Earle Taylor, age 49, born in Kansas. Census Place: Gainesville, Alachua, Florida; Roll: T627_573; Page: 1A; Enumeration District: 1-7. 1940 United States Federal Census [database on-line].

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