As a running back for the University of Wisconsin Badgers, Jonathan Taylor has learned the value of hard work, teamwork and being part of a family. He finished his college career as the sixth best all-time rusher in the NCAA and the first player in history to rush for more than 6,000 yards in a three-year span. He was in the top 10 of Heisman Trophy voting three times (at 6th, 9th and 5th). For the 2018 and 2019 seasons, Taylor was named a unanimous first-team All-American and recipient of the Doak Walker Award for the top running back in college football. In January 2020, he announced that he will forgo his senior season and enter the 2020 NFL Draft. Now, as Taylor looks ahead to his bright future in the NFL, he’s taking the skills he learned as an athlete into the business world as a franchisee of Toppers Pizza.
The Wisconsin-born brand offers pizza, with more than a million combinations of fresh, high quality toppings, Topperstix, baked Buffalo wings, Tots, Mac, monkey bread and more. After just one bite of Toppers Pizza’s garlic parmesan wings at the Regent St location in Madison, Taylor was hooked. Becoming a co-owner of the brand’s four Madison locations was a true full-circle moment for Taylor, and a decision he arrived at easily.
“The biggest thing that drew me to the organization was how friendly and open they were, inviting me to the team,” said Taylor. “When you meet the Toppers home office team, you get a warm, welcoming feeling. It’s like a family member that you see during the holidays that you can’t wait to spend time with. That family atmosphere is going to help me stay connected to Madison.”
As a franchise owner, Taylor plans to continue giving back to the Madison community, which he did often in college, including working with organizations like Badgers Give Back and Badgers Penpals.
“At Toppers Pizza, we are all about our family, which extends from our customers to our team members to our franchisees,” said Toppers Pizza Founder and President Scott Gittrich. “We are proud to welcome Jonathan Taylor into the Toppers Pizza family, and look forward to seeing how skills on the football field and love of Toppers’ food translate into business ownership.”