Ike Taylor said he almost tore his hamstring off the bone trying to keep up with Randy Moss
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Ike Taylor was on the "Pat McAfee Show" on Tuesday and he talked about a myriad of topics stretching from JuJu Smith-Schuster re-signing a one-year deal with the Steelers to how 7 on 7 has changed a whole generation of football players.
Taylor also talked about prospects at pro days running 4.2 forty times but having to transfer that to the field, which led him to talk about Randy Moss and how easy he made it look when burning cornerbacks.
"If you look at Randy Moss, you saw how smooth and relaxed he always ran," Taylor said. "He outran everybody. It's crazy, Randy Moss got to be one of the best Hall of Fame receivers. You already knew what Randy Moss was going to run. He was going to run three routes. He was going to run the go route, he was going to run the post or he was going to run the wide receiver screen, and you still couldn't stop him. Randy could be in front of you and throw his hands up by three yards and the next six yards he's running behind you."
McAfee responded by asking Taylor, who ran a 4.26 forty time coming out of college if Moss ever put up his signature hand motion and blew past him.
"Nah, not at all," Taylor told McAfee. "Hey P-Mac, I tell you what he did do. He almost tore my hamstring off the bone trying to keep up with him. ... You know, what I mean by tearing the hamstring off the bone. You know when it's some good chicken that's been baked overnight and that thing slides off the bone. That's what my hamstring almost did. Like you're playing the violin. My meat damn near slid off the bone on my hamstring trying to keep up with Randy."
Taylor played against Moss three times in his career. Once when Moss was with the Raiders in 2006 and twice when he played for the Patriots in 2007 and 2008. Moss had 13 receptions for 200 yards (15.3 average) and two touchdowns in the three games against the Steelers that Taylor played. The Steelers were 1-2 when going up against Moss under Taylor and 2-2 overall.
McAfee also asked Taylor if he ever played against Jerry Rice and if he got the chance to go up against Tyreek Hill.
"Man, I had the old Jerry. I had the Jerry when he had the braids in his head when he was with the Raiders," Taylor said. "So, I had the old Jerry, but I played against Jerry, I played against Randy. I didn't have the chance to play against Tyreek. I just retired when (Odell Beckham Jr.) was getting into the league. I remember me and OBJ were texting and he was like, 'Dang OG, I wanted some, I wanted some, I wanted some!.' And I was like look, man. You know, my days are done. Like man, you're going to start smoking all the rest of these corners, but I'm not just gonna let you smoke me."
The one time that Taylor played against Rice was in Week 13 of the 2003 season and the Steelers won, 27-7. Taylor was a rookie in 2003 and predominately played on special teams. The following year when the Steelers played the Raiders and Rice in Week 1, Taylor was inactive for the game.