CHARLEY TAYLOR

CHARLEY TAYLOR

Class of 1984
Wide Receiver >>> 6-3, 210
(Arizona State)
1964-1975, 1977 Washington Redskins

Charles Robert Taylor. . .At retirement, all-time leading receiver with 649 catches for 9,110 yards, 79 TDs. . .Other career stats: 10,803 combined net yards, 90 TDs, 540 points. . .No. 1 draft pick, 1964. . . Rookie of Year running back, 1964. . . Shifted to split end, 1966. . . NFL receiving champion, 1966, 1967. . .Had 50 or more catches seven seasons. . .All NFL once, second-team All-NFL five times. . .Played in eight Pro Bowls. . .Born September 28, 1941, in Grand Prairie, Texas.

Charley Taylor's pass receiving credentials accumulated in 13 seasons (1964-1977) with the Washington Redskins are legendary. His 649 receptions for 9,110 yards and 79 touchdowns rank him among the game’s elite.

He led the National Football League in receiving in both 1966 and 1967, his first two years as a wide receiver, and caught more than 50 passes in a record-tying seven campaigns. With 1,488 yards rushing and a smattering of kick return yardage, he amassed 10,803 combined net yards to also rank among the best in that category. With 11 touchdowns rushing and 79 on receptions, Charley scored 540 points in his career.

Taylor’s pro football future was assured from his first day in camp in 1964 as a No. 1 draft choice from Arizona State. The 6-3, 210-pounder won Rookie of the Year acclaim as a running back and became the first rookie in 20 years to finish in the NFL's top 10 in both rushing (sixth with 755 yards) and receiving (eight with 53 catches for 814 yards). His 53 receptions were a record for running backs at that time.

Although still rated as a premier ball carrier, Taylor was switched to split end in the seventh game of his third season in 1966. He wound up that year as the NFL receiving champion with 72 receptions. Charley was a gold-carat fixture at that position for the next nine seasons through 1975.

He sat out the entire 1976 campaign with injuries and then returned for a final shot in 1977. Taylor was an All-Western Athletic Conference halfback at Arizona State. Following his senior season, he played in the East-West Shrine game, the Hula Bowl, the All-American Bowl and the College All-Star game. As a Redskin, he earned first- or second-team All-NFL honors six times and was selected to play in eight Pro Bowls.

Year
Team
G
No.
Yds.
Avg.
TD
1964 Washington
14
53
814
15.4
5
1965 Washington
13
40
577
14.4
3
1966 Washington
14
72
1119
15.5
12
1967 Washington
12
70
990
14.1
9
1968 Washington
14
48
650
13.5
5
1969 Washington
14
71
883
12.4
8
1970 Washington
10
42
593
14.1
8
1971 Washington
6
24
370
15.4
4
1972 Washington
14
49
673
13.7
7
1973 Washington
14
59
801
13.6
7
1974 Washington
14
54
738
13.7
5
1975 Washington
14
53
744
14.0
6
1977 Washington
12
14
158
11.3
0
Career Total
165
649
9110
14.0
79
Additional Career Statistics: Passing: 14-3-99, 1 TD, 1 Int; Rushing: 442-1488, 11 TD; Punt Returns: 5-63; Kickoff Returns: 5-133

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