Kivon Taylor: Football is everything to me. The game of football saved my life. It has taught me the importance of being reliable, loyal, and teamwork. Football has paid for me to get a quality education.
Joe Gaiter: What is your motivation for playing the game?
Kivon Taylor: My mother is a single parent and watching her throughout the years do her best to raise two boys on her own motivates me so I can give back to her. No matter how far away the game is I know I will always look up or hear her voice in the stands. My little brother is my biggest fan and I just want to be a good example for him as well. They never gave up on me no matter how good or bad I played. They’re always there to support and pick me up when I’m down.
Joe Gaiter: Tell us about your season this year?
Kivon Taylor: This season was the best season I’ve had in my college career. I recorded 19 touchdowns with 1,864 passing yards 566 rushing yards and 7 rushing touchdowns. With all the adversity we faced as well as the lack of resources, I feel as though the season went great. With the exception of a few close losses to some great teams in the conference, I think this was one of the best seasons Morehouse has had in a few years statistically.
Joe Gaiter: What are keys to playing quarterback successfully?
Kivon Taylor: Keys to playing Qb successfully are Preparation, Practice Perfectionist, Leadership, and Accuracy, Being a competitor in games, practice, and film room, Poise, clock/game management, mobility in the pocket, mechanics, Decision-making.
Joe Gaiter: What will you miss most about Morehouse?
Kivon Taylor: What I will miss most about Morehouse the tunes of the band, homecoming, and just AUC atmosphere/environment on gameday. It’s nothing else like it and hard to match.
Joe Gaiter: What makes you ready for the NFL?
Kivon Taylor: I feel like a can make all the throws necessary to go to the next level, High IQ, the ability to read defenses and pick up tendencies, I love film study, and the ability to remain level headed through the good and bad.
Joe Gaiter: Who would you compare your football skill to that currently plays in the NFL?
Kivon Taylor: Cam Newton, Marcus Mariota, or Teddy Bridegewater.
Joe Gaiter:Who is your agent and why did you chose them?
Kivon Taylor: My agent is Khary Wright. When he first saw my film he instantly wanted to sign me and take a chance with me on the stressful process of trying to go to the next level. What intrigued me most about Khary is he was saying everything that I was feeling about myself and He saw that based off of a highlight. This was before he even met me in person. He believes in my abilities and thinks I’m just as good as some of the top guys in the country. To hear that from an agent makes me feel comfortable that he believes in and it’s real.
Joe Gaiter: Do you have any regrets?
Kivon Taylor: I don’t have any regrets. I do not regret what i have been through. i have highs and lows, I’ve even had some super highs and some really lows but they make me who I am today it’s part of who I am and what helped shape me as a man.
Joe Gaiter: Who inspires you?
Kivon Taylor: My father inspires me. He’s a paraplegic but he doesn’t let that stop him from doing anything and he does not use that as an excuse for not being able to do anything. Seeing him do some of the things he does in a wheelchair inspires me and lets me know anything is possible.
Joe Gaiter: If you could go back to your freshman year, what would you do differently?
Kivon Taylor: If I could go back to freshmen year the only thing I would do differently is grind way harder than I did and not accept the norm or allow myself to become complacent.
Joe Gaiter: What has your biggest accomplishment?
Kivon Taylor: So far my biggest accomplishment is being the first to go to college in my family and actually sticking through it being on track to graduate in May 2018.
Joe Gaiter: Do you have a backup plan if you don’t make it to the NFL?
Kivon Taylor: My backup plan if I do not go to the NFL is to go back to school and get my masters in Kinesiology. I ultimately want to be a physical therapist/ athletic trainer and want to help athletes recover from injuries and get them back in their perspective sports faster and quickly as possible being 100% healthy.
Joe Gaiter: When is your proday?
Kivon Taylor: I do not have a pro day in place as of now.
Joe Gaiter: Where and how often are you training?
Kivon Taylor: I train with All in Performance 5 days a week.
Joe Gaiter: Final Words
Kivon Taylor: I just want to think God first for blessing me with my abilities without him I am nothing. Also thank Morehouse for giving me the opportunity to do what I love at the collegiate level.