Former USF football player Jamar Taylor passed away Tuesday at age 33. The cause of death was unknown after Taylor was hospitalized last week, according to The Daily Stampede.
His son Jamar Jr. wrote a heartfelt message to his father on an Instagram post Tuesday morning.
“Rest up pops. You were always there for me when I needed you. You are the exact reason I want to become even greater than you … I wish I could of spent some more time with you,” he wrote. “Sit back and watch dad how great of a son you raised. Nothing will stop me now. I wish it wouldn’t have ended this way. Love you pops.”
Taylor was a running back for the Bulls from 2007-09, during which he rushed for 477 yards and five touchdowns.
He came into USF as a third-string running back and started against UCF during his first year as a Bull. By his second season, Taylor played 11 games, started twice and had a notable 54-yard run against UConn.
In the 2008 season, Taylor ran for 300 yards on 62 carries and scored three touchdowns.
Prior to beginning his college career, he attended Lakeland High School from 2004-07 where he rushed for 1,113 yards and scored 15 touchdowns in his senior season, per MaxPreps. He also won a state championship in 2006 with the Dreadnaughts.
With deepest condolences, we are saddened to hear about the passing of one of our own, Jamar Taylor. Jamar played a MAJOR role in the 2004-06 run, had a stellar career for USF, a beloved mentor, husband and father. We ask for prayers on behalf of the Taylor family. #gonetoosoon pic.twitter.com/eIKMaCjBmM
— Lakeland Football (@LHSDreadnaughts) March 9, 2021