HAMPTON, Va. (WFXR/WAVY) — Tyrod Taylor spent his final weekend of the off-season giving back to his community.
“I was once one of these kids looking forward to the guys that I looked up to coming back to the community and giving back to the community,” the NFL quarterback said. “And to have the kids come out and go through drills in this heat means a bunch to me.”
Taylor, a former Virginia Tech standout, held his second annual T2 Community Day in Hampton, Virginia over the weekend. Activities included a youth football camp, a girls’ basketball clinic as well as free food and music.
Taylor loves investing in the future of kids, especially in his hometown. Meanwhile, his own future is taking him all the way to the other side of the country.
During the off-season, Taylor signed a two-year contract worth $11 million with the Los Angeles Chargers after spending the last four seasons with the Buffalo Bills and the Cleveland Browns.
Taylor started 46 games, including three in 2018 before being replaced by Baker Mayfield in Cleveland.
This week, he’ll report to Chargers training camp, where he’ll adjust to his role as the back-up quarterback behind Philip Rivers.
“Philip is a veteran of course. He’s been playing at a high level for a long time now,” Taylor said. “Very smart, and as much as I can pick his brain, I’m definitely going to do so. Eager to learn from him but also stepping my game up and continuing to keep challenging myself.”
Last season, the Chargers finished with a 12-4 record and clinched the AFC Wild Card, making a run to the Divisional playoffs before losing to eventual Super Bowl champions New England Patriots.
Taylor has aspirations of helping the Chargers win a Super Bowl title of their own.
“I’m excited about it. It’s different for me. I’ve been on the East Coast my entire career, mostly my life so,” Taylor said. “It’s a change and it’s a challenge but I think those challenges allow for bigger growth and I’m looking forward to it. We have a great team, a great set of coaches and it’s up to us to go out there and get the job done.”