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Taylor Gentry – NFL player turned rugby player


Written by Benedict Chanakira (bchanakira2)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks on 26 Aug 2015 at 09:46
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Benedict caught up with former NFL running back Taylor Gentry for a chat.

Taylor, how is your time in South Africa?

One of the most amazing experiences of my life. It was special and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Who is Taylor Gentry?

I am a man of faith, I believe in the saying good things happen to good people. I love rugby, I love the contact, and live for the hits. In America when you have a big hit we call it “laying the wood”. I love the physicality. When I get over the line, I wanna (sic) hurt you. That’s what got me into the NFL when I was with the Kansas Chiefs and also when I played College football at my university. After my NFL football career was over I then found myself playing Rugby because I was not ready to play golf. My rugby career started in October of 2012 and I never looked back.

How did the Sharks get in contact with you?

I was meant to play in the National Rugby Football League and when the game against the Leicester Tigers was called off due to our league not having the game sanctioned by US Rugby . I signed an agreement with the guys that run the league; as the league only kicks off in 2016, and my agent spoke to many teams all over the world and when we contacted Union Sports they managed to get us in sync with the Sharks and they liked the idea and now I am here in South Africa.

What has been the biggest challenge moving from NFL to Rugby Union?

The biggest challenged has to be decision making. I mean in the NFL you have so many plays and when you get in on your play your job is to get involved and give 100% and the difference is in rugby you don’t need to get involved when every single phase and don’t need to be the playmaker all the time, you have to rely on your other teammates. You have to wait and when it’s your time to get the ball, or to make a hit, that’s what you have to do.

What has been your most memorable moment playing in the KZN Premier Division?

I was playing against Jaguars and one guy was running hard towards me, I was on defence and he came right into me. I then hit him, lifted him over my shoulder and carried him back 10 metres and the boys in the crowd began to chant USA! USA! USA! It was surreal and it gave me a pump. When I waked off, I was greeted with the same chant and while I thought it was my last game here, I will play my last one this week in the championship game. My agent will then talk to the Sharks and they will decide if they are keen on further developing me.

What has been your expectation since getting onto the long flight to Durban?

I expected to see lions, giraffes all over and maybe grab a few shots with a pride and stuff. *Chuckles* Funny thing is, the first night I stayed here, we left our apartment slide door open and the monkeys came into the house and took our food I was baffled, like what the heck but that was probably one of my best memories. The people in Durban have been the nicest I have met and they are such good people. Everyone is genuine and very kind.

What is your strongest rugby attribute ?

I have been playing blind side/open side flank here. I have been preferring the open side as it gives me the opportunity to use my strongest attribute. To hurt you and hit you so hard that you feel it. I am also a strong ball carrier and really make myself felt physically on an opponent.

Which current team mate would you say, if ship wrecked, you would like to find yourself stuck on an island with?

Dave McDuling ~ he speaks the best English *chuckles*

All the best Taylor! Cheers

Keep well man.



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