It may seem a lifetime ago, but when Hall of Fame Quarterback Len Dawson was looking for a deep threat, it was Otis Taylor who was the target. In fact, it was Taylor who caught half of the passes for the Kansas City Chiefs in their Super Bowl IV victory.
Taylor was a star in the AFL, and a big reason that the Chiefs were good. He was their top receiver and rewarded them with a 1,297 yard season in 1966. He was still productive after the NFL/AFL merger and the league in receiving yards in 1971.
Unfortunately, for Otis Taylor and other great Wide Receivers of his generation, today’s wideouts put up much higher numbers in the open NFL which makes Taylor’s numbers average. As Len Dawson will tell you, Otis Taylor was anything but average.
The Bullet Points:
Country of Origin: Houston, Texas, U.S.A.
Eligible Since: 1981
Position: Wide Receiver
Played for: Kansas City Chiefs
College: Prairie View
Drafted: 15th Round, 203rd Overall in 1965
Major Accolades and Awards: Pro Bowl/AFL All Star Selections (3) (1966, 1971 & 1972) First Team/AFL All Pro Selections (2) (1966 & 1971) Most Receiving Yards (1) (1971) Most Receiving Touchdowns (1) (AFL 1967) Most Receiving Yards/Game (1) (1971) Super Bowl Rings (1) (Kansas City Chiefs, Super Bowl IV)
Other Points of Note: Top Ten Finishes: Receptions (4) (1966, 1967, 1971 & 1972) Top Ten Finishes: Receiving Yards (4) (1966, 1967, 1971 & 1972) Top Ten Finishes: Receiving Touchdowns (5) (1965, 1966, 1967, 1969 & 1971) Top Ten Finishes: Receiving Yards/Game (5) (1966, 1967, 1969, 1971 & 1972) Top Ten Finishes: Touchdowns (2) (1967 & 1969) Top Ten Finishes: Yards From Scrimmage (3) (1966, 1967 & 1971) Top Ten Finishes: All Purpose Yards (1) (1966)
Notable All Time Rankings: 73. Receiving Yards/Game: 56.2 74. Receiving Touchdowns: 57 98. Receiving Yards: 7,306