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Brice Union Taylor

Brice Union Taylor was born on February 5, 1969, in Bellflower, California. He attended Bellflower High School, where he played football and was named an All-American defensive tackle. He went on to play college football at the University of Texas at Austin from 1987 to 1990.

A plaque in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum honoring Dr. Brice Union Taylor

During his college career, Taylor was a standout player on the Longhorns’ defense. In his senior year, he was named the Southwest Conference Defensive Player of the Year and was a consensus All-American. He finished his college career with 162 tackles, 12 sacks, and 2 fumble recoveries.

In the 1991 NFL Draft, Taylor was selected in the second round by the San Francisco 49ers. He quickly became a key player on the 49ers’ defense, helping the team win Super Bowl XXIX in 1994. In his four seasons with the 49ers, Taylor recorded 194 tackles, 19 sacks, and 3 forced fumbles.

Brice Taylor, the first All-American football player at the University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, 1940s

In 1995, Taylor signed with the Carolina Panthers as a free agent. He continued to be a productive player, recording 135 tackles, 9 sacks, and 3 forced fumbles in his three seasons with the Panthers. However, injuries began to take a toll on Taylor, and he retired from football after the 1997 season.

Brice Taylor delivers benediction at Cornerstone ceremonies

Since retiring from football, Taylor has worked as a sales executive and motivational speaker. He has also been active in various charitable organizations, including the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

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