March 12th, 2012 02:02pm

Congressman congrats Kelvin


When Kelvin Taylor became Florida’s all-time leading rusher last season, there were a few things he expected to receive for his accomplishment.

A game ball.

A celebration with his Glades Day teammates.

A congratulations from his family, friends and fans.

And a ton of newspaper headlines.

He even expected to hear from Emmitt Smith, who had held the record since 1986 and said he would do something for Taylor once it was broken.

But there was one gesture that caught him completely off guard — a letter from a U.S. Congressman.

From Taylor's twitter account

Alcee Hastings, the Representative for Florida’s 23rd congressional district, wrote Taylor shortly after he surpassed Smith.

“I am very pleased that this great feat was accomplished by a young man from my district,” Hastings wrote. “Your remarkable accomplishment will be celebrated by everyone in the Glades area … You are an excellent role model for us all, especially your peers. You are the kind of person to whom everyone can point with respect and admiration.”

Taylor shared a picture of the letter on twitter Sunday, although he’s had it since November.

“I’ve had it for awhile, but I just decided to take a picture of it up on my wall and show people,” Taylor said. “I love that letter. I have it right above my bed and I look at it every night.”

As soon as the photo hit twitter, Taylor said his UF followers were thrilled.

“The Gator fans show me so much love on twitter,” he said. “They are the best. I posted a picture of that letter and like 30 of them tweeted me back right away. I love having that support.”

The Florida commit has gathered several awards and accolades over the course of his high school career, but Hastings’ letter is special to him.

“I’m very blessed to have it,” he said. “Never in my wildest dream would I think someone in Congress knew about me. It feels great to know that people like him are out there cheering for you. I’m very humbled that he took time out of his busy schedule to write me that letter.”

Since his commitment to Florida in February, Taylor has been focused on his current Gator team.

“Getting another state title is all that’s on my mind,” said Taylor, who still speaks regularly with UF receivers coach Aubrey Hill and plans to visit this weekend. “So I’ve just been working out for my senior season. I’m trying to take over high school football in 2012.”

Taylor is 3,118 yards away from breaking the national mark of 11,232 yards set by Ken Hall of Sugar Land (Texas) in 1953.

Category Uncategorized



  1. March 12th, 2012 3:03 pm

    This kid should be a beast for us! Thanx for coming to the Gator Nation!!!!!

    by Arvinator

  2. March 12th, 2012 8:21 pm

    Congrats Kelvin! What a great letter! We’re all pulling for you! Go Gators!!!

    by Brian

  3. March 13th, 2012 12:22 am

    So proud right now. Fills your heart. Keep grinding Kevin.

    by J

  4. March 13th, 2012 7:54 am

    If you walk the walk, people will follow. Go Gator Nation!

    by RH Richards

  5. March 13th, 2012 9:30 am

    Congratulations. Look forward to seeing you play Yulee this year up in my neck of the woods. I’ll be in Gator garb!!!!

    by jjGator

  6. March 13th, 2012 9:35 am

    I’vefollowed your career since 8th grade. Gator Nation can’t wait until 2013 to see you in action, wearing the Orange and Blue. Have a successful and great 2012 season.

    by GoGator

  7. March 13th, 2012 10:32 am

    This young man will be great. I look for Adam Lane to be even better! We are set either way:)

    Go Gators!

    by TD

  8. March 13th, 2012 4:16 pm

    Do yourselves a favor, and don’t look into the background of Alcee Hastings. This is like an endorsement from a combination of Rod Blagojevich & Alan Grayson.

    by RealityBites

  9. March 13th, 2012 4:55 pm

    Ken Hall had his career ruined by Bear Bryant while at A&M……should have been one of the all-time college & pro great.

    by TuxedoYoda

  10. March 13th, 2012 5:42 pm

    Here’s a Longhorn fan who appreciates this young man’s character. All college athletes should follow his example. Thanks to the Congressman for recognizing the leadership qualities.

    by CC Rider

  11. March 13th, 2012 7:08 pm

    Kelvin, RealityBites is right. As thrilled as I am that you are planning on becoming a Gator, you should be looking at a picture of Tim Tebow, or your Dad, on your wall each night, instead of the letter from Alcee. Please, DON’T Google that man’s name!!! Just trust us.

    by lakesidegator

  12. March 14th, 2012 3:43 pm

    Give the kid credit, he is impressive and he DID get a letter from a US Congressman. What have you done lately you haters that have negative things to say? Do YOU have a letter from anyone in Congress? For anything you’ve ever accomplished in life? Didn’t think so, SHUT IT! Boy I can’t wait to cheer on this next great Taylor back…..Go Gators!

    by Davido

  13. March 14th, 2012 8:31 pm

    Davido, I do read minds though, and I get the reading that you are at least 12, maybe even 13!

    by RealityBites

  14. March 15th, 2012 8:24 am

    RealityBites, you seem to revel in the negative. I’m familiar with Hastings’ shortcomings, but was it really necessary to bring it up in this forum?

    by jeff

  15. March 15th, 2012 3:17 pm

    Hey there RealityBites, or should I call you “myrealitysucks”, you are a terrible mind reader. This is just sports little buddy, not politics. Besides, who cares about what any politician has done in the past. This article was about a young man on the right path and wanted to share something meaningful to him. Now go back your negative little dark computer room and get on with your rain clouds of wisdom…. knucklehead.

    by Davido

  16. March 15th, 2012 3:26 pm

    Jeff, no worries about the post from “myrealitysucks”. I get the idea that he must be extremely sad in life and relate all things wrong with it to how the Gators are doing. Someone needs a hug…

    by Davido

  17. March 15th, 2012 5:49 pm

    OK, ok, ok! I was wrong! Based on your “Can Dish It Out But Can’t Take It) attitude, and your personal attacks (attempts!), and grammar, I now say at least 14.

    by RealityBites

  18. March 15th, 2012 8:37 pm

    Based on the article I just knew there was no way a fight could break out on the comment section I guess I underestimated bored Gator Fans lol

    by Atl Gator

  19. March 16th, 2012 1:05 pm

    Oh RealityBites, you truly are a wizard of words. Unfortunately, you are too easy of a target, so I will just let it go. Grammar? This is just a post, not an english composition final exam. And yes Atl Gator, we are bored enough to be spending time talking junk on these posts until we can be entertained by our beloved football team. It’s all in fun and no harm meant to anyone. Go Gators!

    by Davido

  20. March 16th, 2012 7:56 pm

    Thank You!

    by RealityBites

Submit Your Comments


Required, will not be published