Otis Taylor was the rare combination of speed and power, not only could he run but he blocked as well.
Taylor was selected in the 1965 AFL draft (Chiefs) and the NFL draft, by the Philadelphia Eagles. After a famous “baby-sitting” incident, in which Taylor “escaped” from NFL scouts, he was signed for the Chiefs by their legendary scout Lloyd Wells.
Taylor caught five touchdown passes during his rookie year, and followed that up in 1966 by leading the AFL with a 22.4 yd/catch average and finishing second in receiving yards (1,297). At season’s end, he was voted First-team All-AFL and was selected for the 1966 AFL All-Star team. Taylor led the AFL in receiving touchdowns in 1967 with 11 and led the NFL in receiving yards in 1971 with 1,110. He made the AFC-NFC Pro Bowl twice and in 1971 was named Consensus All-Pro by the Associated Press (AP), the Newspaper Enterprise Association (NEA), the Pro Football Writers Association (PFWA) and Pro Football Weekly. The PFWA also named him First-team All-Pro for the 1972 season. Taylor ranks second on the Chiefs’ all-time list in receptions (410), receiving yards (7,306), receiving touchdowns (57) and 100-yard games (20).
Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday ..spotlights an rare thrownback receiver in Otis Taylor.
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