Like a lot of football players, Courtney Taylor is waiting for the phone to ring because, at the moment, he’s a man without a team.
Auburn’s all-time leading receiver was one of the last players cut by the Seattle Seahawks on the eve of the 2009 season, and he didn’t catch on with any other organization during the season.
He’s heard some good things lately. The Philadelphia Eagles might work him out, and the Cleveland Browns, too. Mike Holmgren, who picked him at Seattle in the sixth round of the 2007 NFL Draft, is now the Cleveland president.
Not that players like the 25-year-old Taylor can be choosers. The destination is less important than the opportunity.
"I gotta get back into it," he said. "I’m chomping at the bit right now."
Taylor’s still living in Seattle, working out to be ready when the call comes. Oh, and once a month, he does something that sets him apart from other former and future NFL players.
He travels to the University of Washington Medical Center for an intravenous infusion of a powerful medication called Tysabri. That’s how he fights his multiple sclerosis.
"The medication wore on my body at first, but once I got used to it, I felt like a brand-new man," he said. "The medication has it under control."
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