Thirty Sundays to NFL football: 30 reasons why we love the Green Bay Packers
In his 10 years running as a fullback out of the Green Bay Packers backfield, Jim Taylor was as dominating and punishing a runner as there ever has been in the league.
Playing in an era when there were just 14 games per season, Taylor held the franchise’s all-time record for rushing yards before Ahman Green came along to break it.
His most productive years running behind a Hall-of-Fame offensive line came between 1960 and 1964 when he produced five straight seasons of more than 1,000 yards. His best came in 1962 when he ran for 1,474 yards on 272 attempts, scoring 19 touchdowns. During that season, he had a 5.4 yard per-carry average.
And those are numbers of a fullback.
During his career of nine years in Green Bay (he played his final season in New Orleans), Taylor rushed for 8,207 yards on 1,811 carries, a 4.5 yard average per-carry. He also scored 84 touchdowns for the Packers.
How can one not love what this guy brought? No matter which era one considers, he was one of the best ever.
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