11:33 A.M., THURSDAY, MAY 9, 2013
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A former Baylor defensive lineman is stepping up to help victims of the April 16 tragedy in West, Texas. Phil Taylor, who graduated from Baylor in May 2011 and was selected by the Cleveland Browns in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft, is selling West t-shirts with a Baylor theme to raise money for the families that lost loved ones.
The "West Are West TX" shirts are green and gold and feature a bear wearing a West letterman's jacket. Fans can order the shirts for $25 here.
The campaign's goal is to raise $100,000, and 100% of the proceeds will be distributed equally among the victims' families. Taylor's foundation, Taylor Made 98, is leading the campaign. Fans who purchase shirts are encouraged to tweet pictures using the hashtag #WeAreWestTX so Taylor can retweet it from his account, @PhilTaylor98.
The Cleveland Browns web site has an article with more details on Taylor's campaign.
Taylor played two seasons at Baylor after transferring from Penn State. He started 22 games and was an All-Big 12 performer during his 2010 senior season. He also traveled to Kenya for a mission trip with fellow Baylor student-athletes in May 2010.