Thursday, March 7, the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Allstate Insurance will team together in its ongoing program to honor Hall of Fame inductees by focusing on Jim Taylor as part of the Hometown Hall of Famer program.
The national program selects pro football legends and gives them a special day of recognition in their home town – this time for Taylor in Baton Rouge, La.
Taylor was described in a special press release issued this week:
A Baton Rouge native, Taylor was a standout fullback at Louisiana State University, and an All-American player in 1957. Taylor was a second round draft pick (15th overall) in the 1958 NFL Draft where he was selected by Green Bay. At the same time that the legendary Vince Lombardi took over the coaching reigns, Taylor quickly became a key player for the Packers, best known for his rugged fierceness on the field.
Thousand-yard seasons became a specialty for Taylor. He went over the 1,000-yard mark in five straight seasons beginning in 1960, reaching his peak in 1962 with a career-high of 1,474 yards and was named NFL Player of the Year. Taylor was a member of four Green Bay Packers NFL Championship teams, the Super Bowl I Packer team, and was selected to five consecutive Pro Bowls. He won the NFL rushing title in 1962, and remained the Packers’ all-time leading rusher until his record was broken in 2009.
After playing nine seasons with the Packers, Taylor played one final season with the New Orleans Saints before retiring from pro football in 1967. He ended his career with 8,597 yards and 83 rushing touchdowns.
Taylor was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1976.
Here are Taylor’s career statistics:
Here’s some rare 1960 season newsreel highlights including Jim Taylor …
The Packers of the 1960s …
Jim Taylor …