Taylor hoping for HOF honors; Fassel talks Dak's rise, Goff debut

Jason Taylor is among 26 semifinalists named for the Hall of Fame Class of 2017, but he says he never once thought about it during his playing days.

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(Jason Taylor photoz courtesy Miami Dolphins)

Talk of Fame Network

The Pro Football Hall of Fame this week announced its list of 26 semifinalists for the Class of 2017, and our Hall of Fame Guys sat down with one of the biggest names among the first-year eligibles, former Miami Dolphins’ pass rusher Jason Taylor.

During his 15-year career, Taylor had 139 ½ sacks and an astounding 48 forced fumbles-- the latter something he said he worked on daily throughout his career by on-field drills and long hours of film study.

“I would go for the sack but also the strip,’’ Taylor explained on the latest Talk of Fame Network broadcast.

It would appear Taylor has enough of both to make a strong case for his induction. Nevertheless, he insisted it was never something he thought about.

“I didn’t think about it when I played,’’ said Taylor of entering the Hall of Fame. “I wanted to be the best. You hope your resume stands up for itself. The only thing I was chasing as a player was the championship.’’

Asked what he would say if given the opportunity to address the 48 voters next February, Taylor said simply, “I’d probably say, Please, to start off with.’’

Another edition of “Fassel on Football’’ has former Super Bowl coach Jim Fassel dissecting the play of rookie sensation Dak Prescott in Dallas and Sunday’s debut of rookie Jared Goff for the Rams.

What Fassel sees as a key ingredient of Prescott’s success and a necessary one for Goff is “self-confidence. You’re looking for a guy with a lot of self-confidence. Stepping into the NFL from college is a big step, but for a quarterback it’s huge. The game is so much faster … if you don’t have a lot of confidence in yourself, you won’t get done what Prescott’s doing.’’

Also featured are Hall-of-Fame voter Kevin Acee, columnist for the San Diego Union-Tribune, and Mexico City-based sports reporter Ulises Harada, who runs the largest NFL-centric website in Mexico -- www.primeroydiez.com.mx. Acee details the future options for the San Diego Chargers, who last week lost a stadium vote, while Harada tells us what to expect from Monday night’s Raiders-Texans game at Estadio Azteca -- which is expected to attract 85,000 fans.

“When they put tickets on sale they sold out in 15 minutes,’’ Harada said. “It’s been 11 years (since the NFL last played a game in Mexico City).’’

You can hear all that and more during their two-hour show on SB Nation Radio, Sirius, on the Talk of Fame’s podcast on iTunes or by using the TuneIn app. The show can also be heard on your computer at talkoffamenetwork.com.