Paralyzed Georgia Bulldog Johnathan Taylor Drafted by Texas Rangers
The Texas Rangers made a symbolic draft choice yesterday. The Rangers drafted paralyzed Georgia Bulldog Johnathan Taylor. Taylor has been paralyzed since breaking his neck in a collision on March 6th against Florida State. The Rangers selected Taylor in the 33rd round.
Ranger's Director of Amateur Scouting has this to say about the draft choice:
"He's a great kid and he's going through a terrible time in his life and we thought this would be something to uplift him. I've seen the kid play since high school, he was a great player at Georgia." -ESPN.com
The Rangers then selected Zach Cone in the 37th round. Cone is one of Taylor’s closest friends and the player whom Taylor collided with to lead to his paralysis.
Cone had this to say about the Rangers drafting Taylor:
"That's like one of my best friends. For them to do that shows a lot about this organization. It means so much to him and our families. He's getting better every day." -ESPNDallas.com
Georgia Head Coach David Perno spoke out about the Rangers in a statement released by the university:
"This was truly a classy move and a great gesture on the part of the Texas Rangers organization. J.T. is definitely a player worthy of getting drafted. He's been a big part of our program, and we are all very excited for him. When I talked to him after he got the call, he was in the middle of his rehabilitation work, laughing and having a good time and was thrilled to be drafted."
The Texas Rangers organization is highly involved in the Special Olympics and it is expected Taylor will play a part in their involvement.