A+ A A-

29. Otis Taylor

Rate this item
(1 Vote)
Otis Taylor
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:

Wide Receiver

Played for:
Kansas City Chiefs

Prairie View

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

Years Nominated for the Hall of Fame:

Should Otis Taylor be in the Hall of Fame?

(You must be registered and logged in to vote!)
Definitely put him in! - 28.6%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 57.1%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 0%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 14.3%
Last modified on Sunday, 23 February 2014 21:41


0 #1 jimmy26 -0001-11-29 19:00
here is the argument! Name one other player who was the top offensive threat and player on a super bowl winning team that is not in the hall of fame or soon will be. Taylor was the best receiver in football in the late 60's early 70's. Sort of a combo Moss-Owens type who was too big and too fast for the guys who tried to cover him. he made the Chiefs that much better because he had to be stopped even if he was truly unstoppable. Name another receiver who was the best at his position for as long as he was that is not in. The problem is that his stats pale to modern day players and players from more throwing oriented offenses because the Chiefs were a run first (made easier by having to guard him) and defense laden team. But a very successful as two super bowl trips and one win can attest. Put him on the Charegers of the 70's or any modern and watch waht his stats would have been. he is one that has been forgotten except for the players who played against him and with him. len Dawson who is questionable but is in was not half the player Taylor was and he knows it. Number two on my list of old timers who should be in (behind only Kramer). If they let Bobby hayes in Taylor should already have been in years ago. Charlie Joiner was never the top receiver on any team he played for and never was in as super bowl but because he played on throwing teams his stats are inflated. About realistically half the reciever of Mr. Otis Taylor.
0 #2 Robert 2012-07-14 11:59
To me he most reminds me of Andre Johnson. About the same size, and skill set. Only Taylor was more physical. He put up great numbers even after the merger. But think of what he could have done in today's game...

Add comment

Security code


Click an icon to login instantly with your social account. (If you are logged into Facebook, clicking the Facebook icon will log you in to Not in Hall of Fame instantly.)


  • 356. Sonny Rollins
    A legend in the field of Jazz, Sonny Rollins has been referred to as one of the most important figures of that genre. His mainstream Jazz recordings have been among amongst the most consistent for any performer over the last four decades and though that consistency has made him beloved and respected. Rollins played music so effortlessly and this perception…
    Add new comment

red gold blue

© 2009-2012 Kirk Buchner & David Johnson