The Jim Taylor file: Facts and figures
Born: Sept. 20, 1935, in Baton Rouge, La.
School: Louisiana State University, where he was an All-American in 1957. Taylor played two years of college football (1956 and ’57). He rushed for 762 yards and 12 touchdowns in 1957 and finished his career with 1,314 rushing yards and 20 rushing touchdowns. Taylor was drafted by the Packers with the 15th pick in the second round in 1958.
Hall of Fame: Packers Hall of Fame, Class of 1975; Pro Football Hall of Fame, Class of 1976.
Packers playing career: Taylor rushed for 1,000 yards in five consecutive seasons. He led the league with 15 touchdowns in 1961. His best season, 1962, consisted of 1,474 rushing yards, 19 touchdowns and league MVP honors. He won four championships with the Packers: 1961, ‘62, ’65 and ‘66. Taylor finished his Packers career with 26 100-yard games and 8,207 rushing yards. He scored 93 total touchdowns (83 rushing, 10 receiving).
Post playing career: Taylor finished his career by playing one season with the New Orleans Saints in 1967. He rushed for 390 yards and scored two touchdowns. Taylor was known for staying in tremendous shape post-football. He ran marathons well into his 50s and competed in multiple editions of the Superstars competition that pitted some of the world’s best athletes against each other in various sporting events. Taylor also was president of the United States Rugby League, which announced plans for a 12-team league in 1968. He was diagnosed with Hepatitis C in 1989 but the condition eventually went dormant. Taylor resided in his hometown of Baton Rouge.
Quote: “You got to enjoy punishment because you are going to deliver so much of it, and you are going to get so much of it. … If you are prepared you don’t really feel the punishment during the game.” — Jim Taylor