LISTEN: Interview with Alphonse Taylor
MOBILE, AL (WNSP) — Alabama may have had a week off, but Alphonse Taylor put in time.
The former Davidson and current Crimson Tide standout joined the SEC Tailgater show this past Saturday, and he talked with host Lee Shirvanian about concussions, the LSU game and Bama quarterback Jalen Hurts.
Shirvanian asked Taylor if he would hang up the cleats following another concussion or two.
“No doubt,” Taylor said. “At the end of the day, you have to think about your overall health and what’s best for you and your family.”
Taylor said that he “had a daughter on the way,” and that she took precedence over playing pro ball.
“I’d rather be able to go home and remember my daughter’s name than to play football,” he said.
Shirvanian brought up a comment made by LSU running back Leonard Fournette, who, when asked if the Tigers would beat Alabama, said “fact.” Shirvanian asked if that was “bulletin board material.”
“I wouldn’t say so,” Taylor said. “We just try to focus on ourselves and do what we have to do. We go through the process everyday. We play our game.
“We can’t worry about what they’re saying or what they’re doing.”
Taylor said the comments, also made by other LSU players, were not made out of a lack of respect for Alabama, but out of “a lack of respect for the process.”
The Tide travel to Death Valley this Saturday, and kickoff is at 7 p.m.
Shirvanian asked if Taylor was surprised at the success of Hurts, the first true freshman quarterback to start at Alabama.
“Not at all,” Taylor said. “You can watch him at practice and tell that he’s different. He doesn’t act like a freshman. He approaches the whole process as a grown man, as a professional.
“Just to see that much maturity in someone that young, you know they’re gonna be special.”
For more, check out the SEC Tailgater Show with Lee Shirvanian every Saturday from 9 to 11 a.m.
Listen to the full interview below.