NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Taywan Taylor’s blazing fast speed was on display at Nissan Stadium on Saturday night, and a lot of people noticed.
Among them: LeBron James. Yes, that LeBron James.
“When I heard that, my heart kind of dropped,” the Titans receiver said. “LeBron, that’s my favorite player there. That’s unbelievable, and that’s motivation to see he’s watching. It’s crazy …
“I want to tell myself: He must be a Titans fan.”
OK, here’s the 411 on No.13 (Taylor), and No.23 (LeBron).
After Taylor scored on a 47-yard touchdown in Tennessee’s preseason game against the Buccaneers, the NFL posted a video of the play – with Taylor racing downfield -- on its Instagram page. As of Sunday morning, the video had been viewed over 875,000 times, and there were pages and pages of comments.
One of the 1,200-plus comments was from ‘kingjames’ – the former Cavs and current Lakers star who has 40.8 million followers. The comment read: SPEED KILLS! Sheesh.
“I love King James,” Taylor said. “He is one of the reasons I played sports growing up, watching how he goes about work. His whole career is second to none. So that’s always been the guy I look up to. He was my role model growing up. I can’t believe that really happened.”
The Titans were impressed with Taylor’s jaunt – he later scored on a 3-yard touchdown catch.
“I felt him,” Titans receiver Nick Williams said of Taylor, who sped past him after he delivered a key block. “I felt the air zoom past me.”
Titans teammates were even more impressed when they heard Taylor had gotten the attention of the 14-time NBA All-Star.
“You get compliments from King James?,” receiver Tajae Sharpe said. “That is big time right there.”
“That’s pretty neat -- the King himself commenting on it,” defensive lineman Jurrell Casey said. “That’s pretty awesome.”
Taylor, a former star at Western Kentucky who is headed into his second NFL season, smiled big in the locker room after the game.
Taylor, who ran an unofficial time of 4.39 in the 40 in college and ran a 4.45 and 4.5 at the NFL Combine, joked when asked if he’d hook James up for tickets to a Titans game this season.
With a smile, he said he’d like tickets to see James play as well.
In 2018, Taylor hopes to provide more plays worthy of a comments from James.
“I just want to show my coaches and my teammates what I can do,” Taylor said. “But to have LeBron James notice, that’s pretty cool, too.”
The Tennessee Titans take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 2 of the 2018 preseason on Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018 at Nissan Stadium. (Photos: Donn Jones, AP)
The Tennessee Titans prepare to take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the the second preseason game for both teams Saturday night at Nissan Stadium. (Photos: Donn Jones, AP)