Jonathan Taylor On His Critics: ‘The Only Thing You Can Really Do Is Continue To Work’

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Former Wisconsin superstar running back Jonathan Taylor recently had some wise words about people who don’t believe in him.

Taylor dominated the world of college football for three seasons playing for the Badgers, and is the best running back in the NFL draft. Yet, for unknown reasons, some people apparently aren’t sold. Taylor isn’t letting the doubters get him down. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football)


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“There’s always going to be people who are fans of you, and people who don’t like you. So, I think the only thing you can really do is continue to work and become the best player you can be to show people just how far you’re willing to go to be great,” Taylor told ESPN’s Louis Riddick in a short snippet shared from an interview that will air this week.

You can watch the full video below.

I can’t wait to watch Taylor set the NFL on fire. I honestly can’t wait to watch him just torch NFL defenses like he did in college.

He has a work ethic you can’t put a price on, is absurdly intelligent, is a student of the game and always gets the job done.


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He’s going to make some NFL teams look incredibly foolish if they pass on him in the draft. There’s nobody who knows Wisconsin football better than I do, and Taylor is the most well-rounded running back I’ve ever seen in program history.

Melvin Gordon might be a little more athletic, but Taylor does things on the field you just don’t see out of other players.


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His vision and patience are next-level. Now, he’s going to take those skills to the NFL, and I have no doubt Taylor will have a hell of a career.

It was a hell of an honor to watch him play in college, and I look forward to watching him take the next step in his career.