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Taylor embraces new football home with the Colts

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MADISON (WKOW) -- A week ago, Jonathan Taylor got the call he had always dreamed of. However, it came from an unexpected phone number.

"It was like, 'Wow. This was not one of the teams we were expecting.' But when you started to think about it, it's kind of a perfect fit. I mean the scheme and the culture is similar to the University of Wisconsin."

The Indianapolis Colts surprised Taylor by moving up to the No. 41 overall pick to select him. The team was seventh in the NFL in rushing a year ago and return veteran Marlon Mack. Taylor will now team with him for a 1-2 punch.

"They want to dominate the line of scrimmage upfront. Same thing at the University of Wisconsin. We want to dominate the line of scrimmage up front. So, fitting in, I think it will be like two peas in a pod."

Taylor will also have a chance to learn from veteran quarterback Philip Rivers. He entered the NFL 16 years ago when Taylor was just a small child.

"He played with LT (LaDainian Tomlinson). He's played with a lot of dudes. He played with Melvin (Gordon). I mean he's played with guys. So, it's going to be interesting to pick his brain."

For now, Taylor is stuck at home in New Jersey. Rookie camps are on hold. So, he's picking the brains of former Badgers running backs like Melvin Gordon and James White while diving into the Colts' playbook and hoping he has a season to prepare for.

"I'm definitely concerned about not playing just because you work so hard to get to this point. It's your rookie year and you can't wait to get out there and then you're delayed from getting on the field again."

His football career is on hold but his business endeavors are underway. Taylor recently became the co-franchisee at four Toppers Pizza locations as part of a lifetime partnership.

"We didn't want to something that was just transactional, just a simple pre-draft deal. We wanted to do something that was transformational."

A transformational deal for a transformational talent who is making sure his impact is felt in Madison for years to come.

Lance Veeser

Sports Director, 27 News

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