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Life after the NFL for Bruce Taylor
CINCINNATI (Deb Dixon) -- The NFL reality show lived up to its name for a young man now living a new dream.
Many in the tri-state shared the heartbreak as the Bengals cut Bruce Taylor last year then brought him back, only to cut him a second time. But Taylor was not through with the game.
While at Virginia Tech, 270 pound Bruce Taylor was considered one of the top linebackers in the country. In 2010 he led the team with 91 tackles and six sacks. Injuries that derailed his junior year caught up with Taylor again after the Bengals signed him last year, cut him, brought him back, and cut him again.
"It hurt, just couldn't sit around and wait for football to bring me back had to make something happen," Taylor told Local 12.
Taylor is making something happen at Turpin High School where he is the linebackers coach. The drills, the plays, the practice; it's like... well, the NFL!
"When I'm out here it's just like being on the field. Except instead of getting yelled at, I yell at kids," Taylor joked.
Players better pay attention to Coach Taylor!
Friday the Cross Town Showdown will happen between the Turpin Spartans and McNicholas Rockets. Linebackers think they know what Coach Taylor will tell them on game night.
"Go have fun, play the game. We love football, play hard that's what we do," said Lang Evens of Turpin High School.
Maybe the high school field is Bruce Taylor's field of dreams; the football field in eastern Hamilton County where he's living one of his mother's life lessons.
"She told me life isn't going to be giving you something, sometimes you gotta make it happen," Taylor said.
Taylor grew up in Atlanta but he has become attached to Cincinnati. He wants the Bengals to do well because of the players he knows.
If a team calls him up would he go? He said, "Yes!"
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