Position: Wide Receiver
- Mount San Antonio College (California)
- Kansas State University (2001-2002)
- Seattle Seahawks (2003-2004)
- Green Bay Packers (2005)
- Top 50 Junior College Prospect (SuperPrep)
- Honorable mention All-American and first team All-Mission Conference.
- Transferred to Kansas State in 2001.
- Led Kansas State in receiving as a senior in 2002 with 39 receptions for 704 yards and five touchdowns.
- Drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the 7th round of the 2003 NFL Draft
- One of the more popular 7th round picks ever because of his name
Taco was an Architecture major. As a junior at Kansas State, he played in just one game and caught two passes for 17 yards. He had a breakout year the following season, playing in all 13 games and catching 39 passes for 704 yards (18.1 avg) and 5 touchdowns as K-State’s leading receiver.
Taco was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the seventh round of the 2003 NFL Draft. Shortly after, The Seattle Post-Intelliger invited us to Get to Know Taco Wallace.
The Seattle PI also pointed out that when Taco was drafted by the Seahawks, he was one of two players on the team whose nickname is a food item — along with Floyd “Pork Chop” Womack.
(Floyd “Pork Chop” Womack):
Taco never caught a pass in the NFL. But he did have a Pass Interference penalty called on a pass where he was the intended receiver. Unfortunately, the P.I. penalty may have been the height of Wallace’s career.
On January 26, 2007, he signed a contract with the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League. He attended the Eskimos training camp but did not make the team and was released before the season.
Recently he has tried out for the Atlanta Falcons.
His name is so great that Jay Leno even featured Taco in a monologue:
“The Seahawks have signed Taco Wallace to a multi-year contract. What kind of name is Taco? Are we so obsessed with food in this country we’re naming our children after it?”
Turns out though that his real name is not “Taco”, as you may have guessed. This guy suffered the same disappointment as I did upon learning that his name is actually “Lawrence”:
Taco gained even more notoriety on the internet in late 2007 when someone updated his Wikipedia page with false (yet humorous) information. For the entire list of Taco Trivia that was added to Wikipedia go here. Here is an example:
-His unusual name actually stemmed from an incident at a mexican restaurant where he was reported to have eaten 34 tacos in one sitting. From this day the eight-year old gradually became referred to as Taco Wallace instead of his original name Chimichanga Wallace.
Taco Wallace is a fan favorite by all means, but this guy created a website claiming to be Taco’s biggest fan: My New Favorite Player is Taco Wallace. How did someone become Taco’s biggest fan? By playing Madden of course:
How I Fell in Love with Taco: While playing Madden with my roommate, Chris Venditti, we discovered Taco on the Seattle Seahawks roster. I immediately moved him up the depth chart and Taco immediately began to produce. In my first game playing with Taco he was catching passes, returning kicks, and even had a pancake block and two tackles.
Positives: NAME IS TACO…Team-oriented player with explosiveness in and out of his routes … Runs precise patterns and maintains his speed into his breaks … Looks smooth when turning to adjust to the ball in flight … Has a great feel for the sidelines and easily finds the open area in the zone … Despite his slight frame, shows tenacity going for the ball in traffic … Has the body control and flexibility to turn and adjust to the poorly thrown pass … Aggressive upfield blocker who shows determined intent to stay with his assignment.
Taco Wallace even has an Urban Dictionary reference:
4th and a Mile offered us this great picture:
And finally, if anyone knows this guy, please direct him to our site.
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