JIM TAYLOR

JIM TAYLOR

Class of 1976
Fullback >>> 6-0, 214
(Louisiana State, Hinds Junior College (MS))
1958-1966 Green Bay Packers, 1967 New Orleans Saints

James Charles Taylor ... LSU All-American, 1957 ... Packers' No. 2 draft pick, 1958 ... 1,000-yard rusher five straight years, 1960-1964 ... Rushed for 8,597 yards, caught 225 passes, amassed 10,539 combined net yards, scored 558 points ... Led NFL rushers, scorers, had record 19 TDs rushing, 1962 ... Excelled in 1962 NFL title game ... Ferocious runner, rugged blocker, prime disciple of "run to daylight" doctrine ... Born September 20, 1935, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

When Vince Lombardi took over the Green Bay coaching reins in 1959, fullback Jim Taylor became the Packers' bread-and-butter guy. Lombardi depended upon him to get the needed short yardage whether it was for a first down or a touchdown.

As the Packers’ dynasty grew, so too did Taylor become the symbol of power in the awesome Green Bay attack. Jim was a throwback to an earlier era, who ran with a fierceness no one could match. He caught the short swing passes and blocked with rugged determination.

Thousand-yard seasons became a specialty for Taylor. He went over 1,000 yards five straight seasons beginning in 1960 but reached his zenith in 1962, when he had a career-high 1,474 yards and was named the NFL Player of the Year.

Jim was living testimony to the popular football adage "When the going gets tough, the tough get going." Nowhere was this more evident than in the 1962 NFL title game. Playing on a bitter-cold day, Taylor engaged in a personal duel with the New York Giants' outstanding defense, led by All-Pro linebacker Sam Huff. Jim carried 31 times for 85 yards and scored Green Bay's only touchdown in a 16-7 victory. He took a fearful pounding both from the hard-hitting Giants and the frozen ground. He suffered an elbow gash that took seven stitches to close at halftime and a badly cut tongue. At the end, he could scarcely see and he couldn't talk.

Taylor was often compared with Jim Brown, the Cleveland fullback, who played at the same time. There were many different viewpoints but Lombard's summation was most succinct. "Jim Brown will give you that leg and then take it away from you. Jim Taylor will give it to you and then ram it through your chest!"

Year
Team
G
No.
Yds.
Avg.
TD
No.
Yds.
Avg.
TD
1958 Green Bay
12
52
247
4.8
1
4
72
18.0
1
1959 Green Bay
12
120
452
3.8
6
9
71
7.9
2
1960 Green Bay
12
230
1101
4.8
11
15
121
8.1
0
1961 Green Bay
14
243
1307
5.4
15
25
175
7.0
1
1962 Green Bay
14
272
1474
5.4
19
22
106
4.8
0
1963 Green Bay
14
248
1018
4.1
9
13
68
5.2
1
1964 Green Bay
13
235
1169
5.0
12
38
354
9.3
3
1965 Green Bay
13
207
734
3.5
4
20
207
10.4
0
1966 Green Bay
14
204
705
3.5
4
41
331
8.1
2
1967 New Orleans
14
130
390
3.0
2
38
251
6.6
0
Career Total
132
1941
8597
4.4
83
225
1756
7.8
10
Additional Career Statistics: Kickoff Returns: 7-185

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