Zac Taylor’s Sister Is a True ‘Dominator’ in the 2022 Super Bowl Family

If Zac Taylor wins the 2022 Super Bowl at SoFi Stadium, his little sister will be the least impressed person in the house. Kathryn Taylor was undefeated as a Special Olympics swimmer for nearly a quarter century of competing in her home state of Oklahoma, and never let her older brother forget that.

Who is the top athlete in a Taylor family full of accomplished athletes?

“Me,” Kathryn told the Post. “I’m faster than everyone. They can’t follow me.

No one appreciates a dance from the end zone and a triumphant smash of the ball more than Kathryn.

The Bengals head coach learned the hard way, as did their younger brother Press Taylor, a Colts assistant.

“Kathryn pretty much throws in the face of her brothers that she has a lot of gold medals,” said their mother Julie Taylor. “She’ll be like, ‘I don’t see you with gold medals. “”

But in his time as an Eagles assistant, Press invented the indelible “Philly Special” play that helped upset the Patriots in Super Bowl 52.

“So he gets a bit more exemption than Zac,” Julie said. “Sad to say, but in our family, a little talk goes a long way. Kathryn can take it to the next level.

Zac Taylor and Kathryn Taylor are heading to the Super Bowl
Zac Taylor and Kathryn Taylor are heading to the Super Bowl
The Taylor family

And for good reason: Julie estimates that her 36-year-old daughter, who has Down syndrome, had won at least 60 age-group gold medals in the 25-meter freestyle and backstroke races at the local and national Special Olympics level. before the pandemic halted its dynastic course, and its penchant for rubbing it. That’s why the Sherwood family patriarch calls Kathryn “The Dominator.”

So whether or not the Bengals beat the Los Angeles Rams, Kathryn will surely have some words for Zac. If he wins, she could tell him he needs to win another 59 Vince Lombardi trophies to match it. If defeated, she could ask him if he would like to wear one of her gold medals until he wins one of hers.

But either way Sunday night, the Taylors are having the time of their lives. They’re all expected to be at SoFi, including the youngest of four siblings, Quincy Taylor, and Sherwood Taylor, an Oklahoma alum of Barry Switzer who became a Sooners assistant coach before joining the state staff. of Kansas. When Kathryn was born in Manhattan, Kansas in 1985, nearly two years after Zac was born, the doctor reassured her amazed parents that she could live a good life.

He wasn’t kidding.

Kathryn Taylor congratulated by Barry Switzer
Kathryn Taylor congratulated by Barry Switzer
The Taylor family

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Kathryn Taylor with former Oklahoma wide receiver Sterling Shepard
Kathryn Taylor with former Oklahoma wide receiver Sterling Shepard
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The Taylors were also encouraged by a call from Dallas Cowboys assistant Gene Stallings, whose son John Mark was born with Down syndrome. Stallings told Kathryn’s parents that they shouldn’t read anything about the genetic condition (“You’re not going to like it,” he told them in his deep Southern drawl) and that they should l raise as they would any child.

“It meant everything to us that someone in his shoes told us it was going to be okay,” Sherwood said.

The Taylors moved back to Norman, Oklahoma, where Julie would teach her eldest daughter to swim. They lived near a pond and a few neighborhood pools that weren’t fenced off, and Julie worried about Kathryn’s safety. It turned out that the lessons unleashed the relentless spirit of a champion.

Kathryn’s brothers would go on to play quarterback at Division I schools—Zac at Nebraska, Press at Marshall—and yet everyone agreed that Kathryn was the most intense competitor of them all.

Zac Taylor celebrates Bengals' AFC Championship win over Chiefs
Zac Taylor celebrates Bengals’ AFC Championship win over Chiefs
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“It would be so scary if she ever lost a race,” Julie said, “I wouldn’t want to see the consequences.”

Whether Kathryn swims, plays volleyball or soccer, she was there to win.

“She definitely became Norman’s most famous Taylor,” Julie said.

Zac might have a little something to say about that when he coaches Sunday night in front of an estimated 100 million viewers. Growing up, the eldest of four Taylor children was known for the same disposition forever displayed on the Cincinnati sideline – same careen, times two, much like his gifted young quarterback Joe Burrow. Taylor was a leader on the high school and college football field, yet never the loudest voice in the room.

“But in those playoff games, I saw him livelier than I’ve ever seen him,” his mother said, “and that’s usually when one of his coaches or players catches him. I might say after [AFC Championship] game in his interviews that he was really excited about his voice and the way he sounded. He was lifted. But this week I can say he is back to normal.

(Left to right) Julie, Kathryn, Quincy and Sherwood
(Left to right) Julie, Kathryn, Quincy and Sherwood
The Taylor family
Catherine, Zac and Sarah Taylor
Catherine, Zac and Sarah Taylor
The Taylor family

Normal for Zac would be the opposite of normal for Kathryn, the oversized personality par excellence. Sherwood called her “the social president of the family” and a young woman who “never met a stranger. She hugs everyone she meets.

Julie put it this way: “She pretty much takes all the air in the room.”

So if Cincinnati wins its first Super Bowl title at the expense of the Rams, watch out. Kathryn promised “lots of excitement” at the celebration.

“She’s not a graceful winner at all,” Julie said. “A lot of shouting, and ‘I rule,’ and a lot of high-fives and trying to reach the microphone.

“If Zac and the Bengals win, it will be Kathryn’s Super Bowl. Everything will revolve around her.

And why the hell not?

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