American Football Database
Whit Taylor
Personal information
Date of birth: (1960-01-08) January 8, 1960 (age 62)
Place of birth: Shelbyville, Tennessee
Career information
College: Vanderbilt
Undrafted in 1983
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Michigan Panthers (1983)
  • Denver Dynamite (1987)
Career highlights and awards
* ArenaBowl I Champion (1987)
Attempts     138
Completions     76
Passing Yards     1,050
Touchdowns     21
Interceptions     8
Stats at

Whit Taylor (born January 8, 1960) is a retired college and professional football quarterback. He was an all-Southeastern Conference quarterback for Vanderbilt University from 1979–1982, a period which included a trip to the 1982 Hall of Fame Bowl.[1] His career at Vanderbilt led in 2003 to his recognition as an SEC Football Legend.[1]

After attempting a career in the National Football League, he became a backup quarterback for the Michigan Panthers of the United States Football League and then became quarterback of the Denver Dynamite of the Arena Football League in 1987. In that year he became the first player ever to pass for ten touchdowns in any professional game of American football, a record which stood for over a decade.[citation needed]

Taylor was a principal at a Tennessee high school. He is now a vice principal at a local elementary school.


Professional career

In 1987, Taylor lead the Denver Dynamite to a 45-16 victory over the Pittsburgh Gladiators in ArenaBowl I.[2] Taylor threw four touchdowns during the game, three of them to future Arena Football Hall of Famer Gary Mullen.[2]

After football

He worked as a high school football coach and teacher in the Middle Tennessee area at Shelbyville's Central High School, his high school alma mater.

In 2006, he left coaching to go into educational administration. He served as the Harris Middle School Assistant Principal for a few years. He was the Principal of Shelbyville Central High School.[1] He is now the vice principal of Eastside Elementary.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Brent Wiseman (December 2, 2003). "Whit Taylor to be honored as "SEC Legend"". MSN. Retrieved January 28, 2013.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Arena Football League Championship : Taylor Leads Dynamite, 45-16". Los Angeles Times. August 2, 1987. Retrieved February 1, 2013.

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