- 1997 Outland Trophy Winner
The only Husker to earn All-America honors at two different positions, Aaron Taylor is Nebraska's most recent Outland Trophy winner, taking the school's eighth award home following the 1997 season.
The seventh Husker to win the Outland, Taylor earned All-America honors at center in 1996 before moving to left guard in 1997. During his career, the Huskers were 49-2 (.961) and won four straight bowl games, including three national titles. His No. 67 was retired in 1998.
As a senior, he led the Huskers to a 13-0 record and the school's third national title in four years, finishing with a then-school record 137 pancake blocks. A co-captain, Taylor helped NU lead the nation in total offense, rushing offense and scoring offense in 1997. A consensus All-American, he was also a semifinalist for the 1997 Lombardi Award.
As a junior, Taylor finished with 113 pancake blocks in helping NU rank fourth nationally in scoring, fifth in rushing and 25th in total offense. He earned first-team All-America honors from Football News, Football Writers and Walter Camp and was an all-conference first-team pick for the second consecutive year.
After serving as a backup as a freshman, Taylor moved into a starting role in 1995. He helped Nebraska win its second straight national title, aiding NU to a No. 2 national ranking in total offense and a Big Eight and school-record 52.4 points per game, bettering a mark that had stood in the books since 1983. The Wichita Falls, Texas, native was a third-team All-American from Football News and earned first-team All-Big Eight honors from the AP and Football News. He is one of only six Husker linemen to earn first-team all-conference honors in three straight seasons.
More recently, Taylor was one of six Huskers named to Sports Illustrated's 85-player All-Century Team, joining Johnny Rodgers, Mike Rozier, Rich Glover, Tommie Frazier and Dean Steinkuhler.
Following his Husker career, he was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in the seventh round of the 1998 NFL Draft. He played with the Colts and the Chicago Bears during the 1998 season. Taylor resides in Omaha.