Pro Football Hall of Fame fullback Jim Taylor, who played for the Green Bay Packers from 1958-66, passed away early Saturday morning.
He was 83.
Taylor started at fullback on six of Vince Lombardi’s seven NFL championship teams and led the Packers in rushing seven times. He held the Packers’ career rushing record for 43 years. His club single-season record of 1,474 yards lasted 41 years. His single-game record of 186 yards, set in a Western Conference-clinching victory over the Giants in 1961, survived 36 years. In his nine years with the Packers, Taylor gained his 8,207 yards and scored 91 touchdowns, second at the time to Don Hutson’s club record of 105. As durable as he was tough, Taylor also missed only five games.
Taylor was selected in the second round of the 1958 NFL draft, was named the NFL MVP of the 1962 season and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1976, the first of Lombardi’s Packers to be so honored.