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17. Lionel Taylor

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17. Lionel Taylor

The Denver Broncos might be one of the elite teams of the National Football League, but their origin in the AFL saw them struggle and there were frankly very few highlights.  One of those brighter spots was Lionel Taylor, a Wide Receiver who many forget led the American Football League five times (1960, 1961, 1962, 1963 & 1965) in Receptions.  The Spilt End was the first pro to secure 100 Receptions, yet because he did that in the AFL’s infancy for a team that did not do well, many did not notice. 

We did, and we hope that his legacy rises in Colorado.  The Broncos knew, and he was among the first four inducted into the Broncos Ring of Fame in 1984.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Split End
  • Acquired: Selected in the 1st Round, 6th Overall in the NFL Draft 3/14/67.
  • Departed: Retired after the 1975 Season.
  • Games Played: 96
  • Notable Statistics:

    25 Games Started
    543 Receptions
    6,872 Receiving Yards
    44 Touchdown Receptions
    4 Rushing Attempts
    20 Rushing Yards
    0 Pass Completions
    6 Pass Attempts
    2 Interceptions
    62 Approximate Value

    No Playoff Games

  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    AFL First Team All-Pro (1960, 1961, 1962 & 1965)
    AFL All-Star (1961, 1962 & 1965)
    Most Receptions (1960, 1961, 1962, 1963 & 1965)

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