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43. Hugh Taylor

Hugh Taylor was an All-American basketball player at Tulane in 1943, but he served in the Navy for two years after. Upon his discharge, he played a year of college football at Oklahoma City (not Oklahoma or Oklahoma State), and he went undrafted.  The Washington Redskins signed him in 1947, and it was arguably the best undrafted signing in franchise history.

 

Taylor played at End, and he immediately found a role in the Washington offense.  Leading the NFL in Receiving Touchdowns (9) in 1949, Taylor matched that number in 1950, and he cracked the 800 Yard mark in Yard.  “Bones” also was first that season in Yards per Reception (21.4).

The numbers for Taylor dropped in 1951 but reached a career-best in Yards (961) and Touchdowns (12), and he went to the Pro Bowl.  Taylor had two more good seasons, earning a second Pro Bowl in 1954.

Taylor retired after the 1954 Season with 5,233 Receiving Yards with 58 Touchdowns.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: End
  • Acquired: Signed before the 1947 Season.
  • Departed: Retired after the 1954 Season.
  • Games Played: 94
  • Notable Statistics:

    64 Games Started
    272 Receptions
    5,233 Receiving Yards
    58 Receiving Touchdowns
    1 Rushing Attempt
    7 Rushing Yards
    0 Pass Completions
    1 Pass Attempt

  • Played For: Washington Redskins
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    Pro Bowl (1952 & 1954)
    Most Receiving Touchdowns (1949)
    Most Yards per Reception (1950)

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