Charley Taylor dies at 80

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Pro Football Hall of Famer Charley Taylor has died at the age of 80.

The Washington Commanders announced Taylor’s death on Saturday. Taylor spent his entire 14-year career playing running back and wide receiver for Washington.

Taylor was the third overall pick of the 1964 draft after leaving Arizona State and he posted 1,569 yards from scrimmage during his rookie season. He was the Associated Press rookie of the year that season and made the first of his eight Pro Bowls

Taylor would lead the league in receptions twice and make first-team All-Pro once during his playing career. After retiring, Taylor spent 13 years as the team’s wide receivers coach.

He caught 649 passes for 9,110 yards and 79 touchdowns with Washington. He’s second in franchise history in catches and yards and has the most receiving touchdowns in club history. Taylor also ran 442 times for 1,488 yards and 11 touchdowns overall, and all that production helped make him part of the Pro Football Hall of Fame class of 1984.

Our condolences go out to Taylor’s family, friends and loved ones on their loss.


30 responses to “Charley Taylor dies at 80

  1. Great memories of the 1970’s When the Washington team had the right name and a great stadium, great history, and a great reputation.

  2. What a great career and player. He always gets left off top 10 lists for greatest WR ever, and he probably should be on it.


  3. They forgot to mention that when he retired he was the league leader in career receptions. It was surpassed by Charlie Joiner seven years later however.

    He was never a flashy player. All he did was produce. It’s too bad that most people have probably never heard of him.

  4. A beast of a receiver who ran amok after the catch. One of the best to ever play. Converted from running back.

  5. How sweet is it that 2 of the greatest WR in history wore #42…. CT and Paul Warfield…RIP Charlie

  6. amazing the amount of ‘thumbs down’ for a HOF WR….something ain’t right
    RIP Charlie

  7. theuncletodd says:
    February 19, 2022 at 8:36 pm
    amazing the amount of ‘thumbs down’ for a HOF WR….something ain’t right
    Almost every comment site in America has been infested with both trolls and bots. Just ignore them.

  8. Charley Taylor hauled in the 50 yard bomb from Kilmer that slayed the 1972 Cowboys and got Washington the Super Bowl VII.
    Even at 80 years, we all learn that life goes way too fast, especially the second half.

  9. Loved watching those Washington Redskin players in the day. Great teams with so many iconic players and even coaches. A GREAT ERA!

  10. Had posters of Charley, Roy Jefferson, Billy and Sonny, and Larry Brown on my wall when I was a kid. Magical time

  11. Charley Taylor was a great person on and I off the field. He stayed in area after his playing days and was just another guy unsaid hi to at jimmy’s. . Class Act! RIP 42!

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