Charley Taylor

Charley Taylor
No. 42
Position: Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1941-09-28) September 28, 1941
Place of birth: Grand Prairie, Texas
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight: 210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High school: Grand Prairie (TX) Dalworth
College: Arizona State
NFL Draft: 1964 / Round: 1 / Pick: 3
AFL draft: 1964 / Round: 2 / Pick: 9
  (Houston Oilers)
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played: 165
Receptions: 649
Receiving yards: 9,110
Receiving average: 14.0
Total touchdowns: 90
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Charles Robert Taylor (born September 28, 1941) is a former American football player, a wide receiver in the National Football League for fourteen seasons, all with the Washington Redskins. Taylor was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1984.

With Taylor, the Redskins made the playoffs five times (19711974, 1976) and reached the Super Bowl once (VII), after the 1972 season.

Early life

Born in Grand Prairie, Texas, Taylor was the second of seven children—four girls and three boys.[1] He was raised by his mother Myrtle and step father James Stevenson. Myrtle was a domestic, a chef, a butcher, and an owner of a restaurant and Stevenson constructed parts for airplanes.[1]

Taylor started playing sports while in junior high school and by the eighth grade he was playing football, baseball, basketball and competing in track.[1]

High school career

Taylor played high school football at Dalworth High School (the former segregated black high school, now an elementary school by the name of David Daniels. Dalworth High students moved to Grand Prairie High School).[1] He also ran the high hurdles, threw the discus and shot put, and competed in the long jump for the track team. The school did not have a baseball team, but Taylor played baseball in a summer league. He was named All-State in track and football.[1]

College career

Taylor played college football at Arizona State University in Tempe as a halfback and defensive back.[2] He was selected as an All-American two years in a row and was also selected to the All-Western Athletic Conference team.[2] Following his final season, Taylor played in the East-West Shrine Game, the Hula Bowl, and the All-American Bowl.[2] He also played in the College All-Star Game against the Chicago Bears in August 1964 and was named the Most Valuable Player of the game.[3][4][5][6]

Taylor also pitched and played third base for the Sun Devils baseball team. However, during baseball practice, he was hit on a knee by a line drive, which ended his baseball career.[1]

Taylor was inducted into the Arizona State Sports Hall of Fame as a charter member in 1975.[6]

Professional career

Taylor was the third overall selection of the 1964 NFL draft, taken by the Washington Redskins.[2] He was also selected in the AFL draft, taken ninth by the Houston Oilers. Taylor signed with Washington and won the UPI rookie of the year award as a running back,[7] and became the first rookie in 20 years to finish in the NFL's top 10 in both rushing (sixth with 755 yards) and receiving (eight with 53 catches for 814 yards).[2] His 53 receptions were a record for running backs at that time.[2]

Although known as a successful running back, Taylor was switched to wide receiver in 1966 and led the NFL in receiving in both 1966 and 1967.[2] He played that position for the rest of his career and had a record-tying seven seasons with 50 or more receptions.[2] In the season finale in 1975, Taylor passed Don Maynard and became the NFL's all-time receptions leader with his 634th career catch on December 21 against the Philadelphia Eagles.[8][9]

Taylor retired in June 1978 as the NFL's all-time leading receiver with 649 receptions,[10] for 9,110 yards and 79 touchdowns.[2] With 1,488 yards rushing and some kick return yardage, he totaled 10,803 combined net yards. With 11 rushing touchdowns and 79 on receptions, Taylor scored 540 points in his career.[2] He earned first- or second-team All-NFL honors six times and was selected to play in eight Pro Bowls.[2]

Taylor was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1984 and was selected as one of the 70 Greatest Redskins of all time.[11] In 1999, he was ranked number 85 on The Sporting News' list of the 100 Greatest Football Players.[12]

Coaching career

After retiring, Taylor was hired to work in the Redskins' front office with Bobby Mitchell as a scout.[1] When Joe Gibbs became head coach in 1981, he selected Taylor to be the receivers coach.[1] He served on the coaching staff through 1993 under Richie Petitbon, but was not retained by new head coach Norv Turner in March 1994, ending three decades with the franchise.[13]

After football

After he left coaching, Taylor worked for Jerry’s Ford in the Washington metropolitan area and sold boats for Fountain Boats in Annapolis, Maryland. He now does speaking engagements and serves as a consultant to the Redskins.[1] In addition, the Charley Taylor Recreation Center in his native Grand Prairie, Texas has his namesake.


Taylor and his wife Patricia have been married since 1965 and live in Reston, Virginia. They have three children, Elizabeth, Erica, and Charles, Jr., and three grandchildren, Robyn, Jordyn, and Nathan.[1]


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  2. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 "Charley Taylor's HOF Profile". Pro Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2008-06-20.
  3. Lea, Bud (August 8, 1964). "Bears rally for 28-17 win". Milwaukee Sentinel. p. 2, part 2.
  4. McHugh, Roy (August 8, 1964). "Mira, Taylor real all-stars, Bears find". Pittsburgh Press. p. 6.
  5. "Chicago dumps All-Stars, 28-17". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. Associated Press. August 8, 1964. p. 1B.
  6. 1 2 "Arizona State Sun Devils - History". College Football History. Retrieved 2008-06-20.
  7. Ragsdale, W.B., Jr. (December 10, 1964). "Redskins' Charley Taylor selected 'rookie of year'". Gettysburg Times. Associated Press. p. 5.
  8. Seppy, Tom (December 22, 1975). "Turnovers topple Redskins". Free Lance-Star. Fredericksburg, Virginia. Associated Press. p. 10.
  9. "Washington Redskins: 1970s". Washington Redskins. Archived from the original on 2008-06-13. Retrieved 2008-06-20.
  10. "Charley Taylor retires". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Florida. Associated Press. June 2, 1978. p. 2F.
  11. "History: 70 Greatest Redskins". Washington Redskins. Archived from the original on 2008-05-31. Retrieved 2008-06-20.
  12. "Football's 100 Greatest Players". The Sporting News. Retrieved 2008-06-19.
  13. "Redskins fire Charley Taylor". New York Times. Associated Press. March 2, 1994. Retrieved March 10, 2016.

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