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As the captain of his school's football team, Gabriel has a knack for reaching the end zone. The Gulliver Academy sixth-grader accounted for 70 percent of the team's offense as a running back, scoring 13 touchdowns and amassing 900 yards in leading the squad to a 6--0 record this year. He was named team MVP. Gabriel also plays safety, where he had 60 tackles and broke up 10 passes. Playing the position has special significance for Gabriel. His brother is the late Sean Taylor, a safety for the Washington Redskins from 2004 to '07. Gabriel wears Sean's Gulliver Academy jersey number (1) and says he honors his big brother by "staying focused and giving my all on the field." That mentality helped Gabriel lead the Florida City Razorbacks to a Pop Warner title in 2012. In basketball, Gabriel averaged 15 points and 14 assists a game in 2012-13 for his AAU team. "He understands that assists are just as important as scoring points," says Alex Garcia, his AAU coach. "He is one of the most coachable kids I have ever been around."

Text: Vidur Malik; Christina M. Tapper
Photo: ELIOT J. SCHECHTER FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATED

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