Ivan "Ike" Taylor (born May 5, 1980) is a former American football cornerback in the National Football league (NFL). He was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the fourth round of the 2003 NFL Draft, and spent his entire 12-year career in Pittsburgh. Ike has trained with Coach Shaw since the 9th grade. He played college football at Louisiana-Lafayette. Taylor attended college at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette where he majored in psychology. Ike's began his career at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette as a running back, but switched to cornerback for his senior year. He started the season at the right cornerback spot and recorded 46 tackles, eight passes defensed and two forced fumbles. In four games, he did not allow an opponent to catch a ball.
Despite his inexperience at corner, the Pittsburgh Steelers selected Taylor in the fourth round (125th overall) in the 2003 NFL Draft. The selection was made based primarily on Taylor's rare combination of size and speed — leading up to the draft, he was timed as fast as 4.18 seconds in the 40-yard dash. In his first two years in the league, Taylor was used primarily on special teams, though he saw spot duty at defensive back. In his third season (2005) Taylor moved into the starting lineup at left cornerback. He started 15 regular season games and all four of the team's playoff games, including Super Bowl XL. During the 2005 NFL playoffs he had a key interception in the second quarter of the 2005 AFC Championship. The turnover led to a touchdown which opened a 24–3 lead en route to a 34–17 win over the Denver Broncos. In the Super Bowl, Taylor recorded a team high seven tackles and also had two passes defensed and a crucial interception at the Steelers five-yard line which helped the Steelers to secure a 21–10 victory over the Seattle Seahawks. Ike won his 2nd SuperBowl (XLIII) Feb 1st 2008, and tied for the team lead with seven tackles (five solo)…had one assisted tackle on special team. Ike finished his career with 174 games, 636 tackles, 140 passes defended and 14 interceptions.