Football Player Charley Taylor Sadly Died Aged 80
Unfortunately, the Hall of Fame receiver who ended his 13-season career with Washington as the NFL’s career receptions leader, Charley Taylor died on Saturday, February 19, 2022, aged 80.
According to the Commanders, Taylor died at an assisted-living facility in Virginia.
Taylor, who was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1984, has 649 receptions for 9,110 yards in 165 regular-season games. Jerry Rice currently has 1,549 career receptions, while Taylor is now ranked 67th.
Taylor was drafted third overall by Washington from Arizona State in 1964, and he spent his first two seasons as a running back. Coach Otto Graham moved Taylor to wide receiver in 1966, and he led the NFL in catches with 72 that year and 70 the next year.
After the 1972 season, Taylor led the Washington Redskins reach the Super Bowl, where they were beaten 14-7 by the undefeated Miami Dolphins. After the 1977 season, he retired with 90 touchdowns, which is still a Washington record.
Taylor was named to the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s All-1960s Team after winning the NFL rookie of the year award in 1964. In 1967, he earned a first-team all-NFL selection, making him an eight-time Pro Bowl selection.
Taylor was the receivers coach for the Washington Redskins from 1981 to 1993, and he helped the club win three Super Bowls. Taylor was a standout athlete in high school in Grand Prairie, Texas, where he excelled in football, baseball, basketball, and track & field. He was a halfback and defensive back for Arizona State, as well as pitching and playing third base.
Reactions to Charley Taylor’s Death
Several fans, friends, and supporters reacted and stated their condolences on social media websites following this tragic news.
Donnie Simpson wrote on Twitter: “Sorry to hear that Washington football legend, Charley Taylor, died yesterday. He was a great player and a greater man. Always a warm welcoming smile. My deepest condolences to his family. #Commanders#WashingtonFootballTeam RIP Charley!!”
One tweeted: “I only really remember the tail end of his playing career. Yet, likely because my dad constantly gushed over him, Charley Taylor was always, for me, the man who most represented the ideal of greatness in burgundy and gold. #HTTR“
An online user, Dan Daly, wrote: “When Charley Taylor retired after the 1977 season with a league-record 649 career receptions, only 7 other players in #NFL/AFL history even had 500 catches. He played 5 seasons (1964-68) with one of them, Bobby Mitchell (521). #Commanders”
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