A Hall of Fame Comparison – OTIS TAYLOR

There is a feeling among AFL fans that the American Football League players are consistently overlooked for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.  In truth there are many players, the bulk of whose careers were spent in the AFL, that deserve serious consideration, if not outright induction.  In an effort to spark some discussion regarding their hall of fame worthiness, I will occasionally compare AFL players to their NFL (and Hall of Fame) counterparts. The short biographies on the NFL players have been taken directly from the Pro Football Hall of Fame website.

Today’s comparison is between Otis Taylor of the Kansas City Chiefs and two HoF receivers, Bob Hayes and Paul Warfield.

autographed 1967 topps otis taylor

#073 – Otis Taylor

Otis Taylor, Jr. – Chiefs 4th round draft choice in 1965…  Two-time All-Pro, three-time All-Star/Pro Bowl member…  Two-time AFL champion (1966 & 1969) and Super Bowl IV champion…  Arguably first of the large, strong, powerful receivers…  Had 410 career receptions for 7,306 yards (17.8 avg.) and 57 touchdowns…

Robert Lee “Bob” HayesSelected as a future pick by Cowboys, seventh round, 1964 NFL Draft. . .Also drafted as future choice by Denver (AFL). . .Won a pair of gold medals in the 1964 Olympic Games earning him the title “World’s Fastest Human”. . .Four times was named first- or second-team All-NFL. . .. Three times led the Cowboys in receptions. . . Career stats include 7,414 receiving yards and 71 TDs. . .

Paul Dryden WarfieldDrafted by both Browns, Bills, 1964. . . Cleveland fixture before 1970 trade to Miami. . .Key element in Dolphins offenses. . . Mere presence on field forced defensive adjustments. . . Fast, super-smooth, precise pattern runner, sure-handed, excellent blocker. . .Caught 427 passes for 8,565 yards, 85 touchdowns. . .Had sensational 20.1-yard per catch average. . .All-NFL six years. . Named to eight Pro Bowls. . .

Here is yet another outstanding Kansas City Chiefs player from the late 1960s, which may or may not work in Taylor’s favor for hall of fame consideration.  At 6′-3″ and 215 lbs., Otis Taylor brought a rare combination of size, strength and speed to the Chiefs offense.  Taylor also excelled in both pre- and post-merger competition, which should make his accomplishments more attractive to HoF voters.  His career numbers are certainly within HoF ranges, but those who saw Taylor play say that his dominance cannot be expressed simply with statistics.  Take, for example, the SI article of November 15, 1971, which is subtitled, “Otis Taylor of the Kansas City Chiefs (89) has no peer at receiving a football—left-handed, right-handed or with his hands behind his back.”  And yet Taylor has received no call from Canton.  In fact, quarterback Len Dawson is the only offensive player from those great Chiefs teams that has a HoF bust.  It seems to me that like other AFL stars, Otis Taylor has not received his due from the Pro Football Hall of Fame.  Thoughts?

Todd Tobias (790 Posts)

Todd Tobias's interest in the American Football League began in 1998, when he wrote my master's thesis about Sid Gillman. He created this site to educate and entertain football fans with the stories of the American Football League, 1960-1969. You can follow Todd and get more AFL history on Twitter @TalesfromtheAFL.

37 Responses to A Hall of Fame Comparison – OTIS TAYLOR

  1. Jeff says:

    If for no other (and there are too many to count) reason than watching him leave the Vikings defense in the dust in Super Bowl IV, Mr. Taylor belongs in the HOF. Based on AFL championships alone (3), the Texans/Chiefs can’t have enough players in the hall to suit me. They are the cream of the AFL crop. This coming from a life long Bills fan.

  2. John says:

    Taylor’s catch on 3rd and 15 deep in their own territory in AFL Championship win (17-7) vs oakland was sensational sideline grab that turned the tide in that game.

  3. 1967 says:

    “(Taylor) Had 41- career receptions for 7,306 yards (17.8 avg)

    – WOW – in fact that would be a ‘178 yard average per catch’ (least according those left in his wake DBs would say) – don’t change it – I like it! : )

    ‘If’ it were or is a matter of too many members a team being enshrined in the Hall of Fame, what to make of the Steelers/Packers et al? The difference (and I believe this is the raison, beyond and in addition to AFL bias) – those ‘team’s were greater / more successful than KC, final analysis. As the HOF should? be about individual merit however…

    Taylor’s stats are better than Lynn Swann’s, who ‘is’ in the HOF… did the fact Swann had copious offensive help teammates other (an Stallworth, Bradshaw, Harris, Webster et al) help or hinder his stats / enshrinement?

    Conversely, Otis Taylor first had the great Chris Burford opposite him at WR for but 3 years, a fast but inconsistent Frank Pitts the next 3 (& Gloster Richardson occasionally) , then Elmo Wright (he of the td dance endzone – owner of 6 in his entire 5-year métier) until the end Otis career.

    Talent? Otis had it. Results? Above referenced & team offensive concept/scheme considered, I’m not sure Otis ever gets in or should. As a lifelong Chiefs fan I say ‘of course’ he should; having watched him/seen his contributions he was no less a HOF’r than anyone now enshrined… you just had to be there to see it / him to appreciate / know it, because the stats aren’t gaudy compared others. Too, Otis in his book ‘The Need To Win’ talks frankly about himself/his career, good & the bad, whys & wherefores of how it played out.

    While I’m not saying Otis Taylor was on par with an Gale Sayers, the latter (like others having stats that are not prodigious compared most) nonetheless lives on in the HOF via his bust; talent-wise, any difference the two aforementioned was negligible.

    Once again, parameters considered there’s seemingly just too much subjectivity & inconsistency at work when one person judges another’s merit, ‘Hall of Fame’ voting / enshrinement.

  4. dean boatwright says:

    I’d rather have OTIS TAYLER than warren sapp

  5. JL Reif says:

    Any one that doesn’t think Otis Taylor is HOF worthy should simply look at the film. In that era he typically had a 4″ and 25 lb. advantage over most DBs.

    If nothing else, he is the leading character in one of the classic “babysitting” episodes in the AFL/NFL war over college players. Chiefs scout, Lloyd Wells, literally stole Taylor from a hotel when the guy from the Cowboys that was supposed to be watching him fell asleep.

  6. 1967 says:

    Reminiscing about Otis Taylor made me recall other ‘big’ WRs of those bygone days, 1960’s. Otis KC teammate Chris Burford was about the same size as Taylor (Chris can speak for himself as he’s on this site from time to time, but he used to list 6’2/6’3 & 210 to 220 lbs., depending on year//source.)

    Homer Jones was a 6’2 215 WR in the NFL who preceded Otis; Boyd Dowler too at 6’5 225 for GB, NFL… NFL’s Bernie Casey was 6’4 215 & who could ever forget (blink & you did / missed him) the LA Rams one year wonder Bucky Pope (‘The Catawba Claw’) 6’5 195; others as well.

    Also of note, when recalling the NFL’s disdain for the AFL & it’s lack of quality defensive backs (according to the NFL that is), just this: the supposedly better NFL defensive backs actually allowed ‘higher’ yards per catch totals to several their own wide receivers during those same years the 1960’s than did the AFL.

    Get a load of these gaudy stats:

    Bucky Pope averaged 31.4 yards in 1964, 786 yards & 10 tds on just 25 catches… that smells suspiciously like a ‘Mickey Mouse’ league of DB’s, my opine. Homer Jones averaged 27.3 in 1965 in the NFL, 24.7 in 1967 and 23.5 in 1968 and we’re not talking only 5 or 6 catches on the season, rather almost 50 catches each the latter two referenced seasons, Jones… so much for those stellar NFL DBs.

    For comparison sake, aside from his rookie season (only 10 catches), only twice in his career otherwise did the Chargers great Lance Alworth average more than 20 yards a catch, 23.2 in 1965 his best as such. BUF’s Elbert Dubenion averaged 27.1 in 1964 – otherwise, he never reached 20 or more per catch again any other season. Speedy Don Maynard took 4 AFL years to garner his very first 20 or more yards per catch season, then went without another 4 years before realizing said again. Charley Hennigan did so once in his 7 years & the great Art Powell never did, not even once (another big guy at 6’3 210.) OAK’s Warren Wells averaged 20+ 3 straight seasons as a starter from 1968-1970 & back to the NFL, DALL Bob Hayes did so 4 times his first 7 seasons. Upshot – another myth NFL superiority.

    • Tom says:

      Del Shofner and Gary Collins were also big receivers and tremendous punters and a strong case can be made for a place in Canton for them as well. Ray Poage was a big receiver, and if Otis would have chosen the Eagles, who also drafted him, would have with Pete Retzlaf given the Eagles the biggest set of receivers in football. Duane Allen was also a big receiver and before Bucky Pope with the Rams, had td to reception and yardage numbers that were an anomaly. Dubenion was quite possibly in a league of his own, imagine the numbers he may have acrued if he starts his career at age 22 as opposed to when he did at 26 and had not been injured.

  7. 1967 says:

    I failed to mention one other guy re: high yards per catch: that would be Paul Warfield, who torched the ‘great’ NFL 7 straight years 1966-1972 by averaging more than 20 yards per catch each season & as much as 25+ in one. Who was it covering him all those years – Ray Charles?

    Outside the more well-known players which each league employed (safety Larry Wilson & CB Herb Adderley come to mind NFL) there wasn’t such a great divide as a Maule et al tried to imply. Willie Brown and Johnny Robinson were at least their match and arguably superior as a pair, AFL stars.

    Both leagues had fine players, the NFL just had a few more as a few more teams too, that matter. To wit, in 1966 CB Bernie Parrish left the NFL CLEV Browns for the AFL Oilers. Parrish covered – or tried to – KC’s Otis Taylor and in essence was left in his wake first time they met on the field (5 catches 187 yards, 77 yard td.)

    Pre-Superbowl I January 1967, Parrish was interviewed re: how GB might deal with Otis Taylor. Parrish said, “if the Packers think they’re going to cover Otis Taylor with just one man they’re mistaken.” In fact, GB employed what they themselves referred to as a “special defense” & Taylor was held to just 4 catches; on one of them however he exploited GB for a long gainer to set up a Chiefs td, in the process eluding Hall of Fame CB Adderly & beating Hall of Famer Willie Wood too before GB’s other S Tom Brown managed to bring Otis down (Taylor actually had to slow down due to an underthrown ball from KC’s Len Dawson, otherwise he would have scored.)

    Really, the more one looks back the more silly the NFL bluster was in hindsight, fueled by the media, their imagined across the board superiority, whether DBs, WRs or whatever. We are talking about human beings here, not some different species. The NFL in fact feared the AFL and rather than eventually be passed by them perhaps (or watch themselves & the AFL go up in financial flames each of them), they merged. As the old adage bespeaks, money talks & b******t walks.

    • billd says:

      Your mention of ex-Brown Bernie Parrish brings to mind DB Walter Beach of the Browns. Unable to crack the Patriot DB starting backfield in 1960 and 61, Walter ends up in Cleveland. This AFL reject plays 5 years for Cleveland and starts at CB for the 1964 champion Browns.

      • 1967 says:

        Yes… and there are likely more examples of said. The Dallas Texans had a CB named Jimmy Harris in 1960; failing to make the club in 1961, became a Dallas Cowboy.

        Wendell Tucker. He was a small WR who tried & failed to make the Chiefs in 1966 & was released. What does he do? He goes on to spend the next 4-years with the Los Angeles Rams, and in fact had quite a productive 1969 season (38 cats, 629 yards & 7 tds).

        Mistakes in talent evaluation happen any league, late bloomers as well a player being in the right place at the right time (or the wrong x2), call it fate or what have you… names such as Johnny Unitas, Len Dawson, Kurt Warner come to mind, QBs alone.

        I recall the Chiefs released WR Warren Wells during the 1967 pre-season. He had played in the NFL for Detroit for one year, spent a couple years in the military, tried/failed to make KC’s team & was picked up by Oakland. He played as a reserve in ’67 and then became arguably the greatest deep threat in all of pro football 1968-1970, averaging 21 + yards a catch each season, including 26.8 in ’69. HB Clem Daniels had also been released by the Chiefs forerunner Texans (tried him at DB as I recall)… he went on to greatness with the Raiders.

        These are just a few examples that I’m familiar with having followed the Chiefs/Texans. Am sure if someone researched all the teams 1960 on AFL and NFL years in particular, there would be several more such examples, variously.

        • Tom says:

          Bucky Popes injury and one of the worst trades in NFL history Harold Jackson to Philly for Izzy Lang is what gave Wendell “The Pony” Tucker any chance at all to play with the Rams.

          Otis Taylor physically was in a class by himself, even though his career stats put him in a class with former San Diego State Aztecs, Gary Garrison, Haven Moses and Issac Curtis.

          Harold Jackson’s careers stats 579 catches 76 TD 18.0 Ave are appreciably better than Taylors, but as I’ve written before If I were able to start a team with only two recievers the last name would be the same, Otis and Charlie Taylor.

          • 1967 says:

            Agreed on the Taylor’s – both are in my top 5, interchangeably with an Alworth as my starting duo, Paul Warfield the fourth member & the fifth would be any one of about 5 other candidates, too hard to exclude any. Artists in cleats, all of them.

            I’ve always felt that Carroll Dale was underrated, a guy who played for the Packers & before that, the Rams. Despite spending greatest part his career in 3 yards & a cloud of dust land GB, his career ypc average was exceptional: almost 19 yards. Chris Burford of KC – the Ray Berry the AFL as some called him – is similarly unheralded tho Chris actually had more catches in a single season and also more td catches same than his teammate Otis Taylor ever did.

            So many great WRs (too many to list) the 1960’s, but Biletnikoff & Wells with Lamonica at OAK remain to me the scariest trio I ever saw, with apologies to all the other fine units (Namath, Maynard & Sauer, Hadl, Alworth & Garrison, Jurgenson, Taylor & Mitchell, et al; and still, I slight others by omission.

            I wish rules now in effect (a 5 yard bump rule, liberalized offensive line play, can’t breath on the QB or it’s a penalty, etc.) had been in effect the 1960’s, because improved training / nutrition considered too, advantages the modern WR/QB/LINEMAN/OFFENSES enjoy has to a large extent made a mockery of statistics. Having watched the guys in the 1960’s play, WRs in particular as that is the subject of this blog article, no one will ever convince me that any of the more recent guys like Rice, Moss, Owens or any other was better than the 1960’s guys referenced.

        • billd says:

          Good information and examples. Speaking of talent evaluation, I still can’t get over Sid trading away Larry Little for Mack Lamb after the 68 season.

        • billd says:

          Good link about Tensi. It mentions Hunter Enis, Jack Kemp’s backup on the 61 Chargers. Thanks.

          • Tom says:

            I’ve made several errors writing on this blog so when I read the Tensi article I knew something was wrong, so I checked, What makes this a bit disturbing is that Woody Paige does this for a living Cal in In 1964 or any other year Craig Moton led the Cal Bears, never played Okalohoma. Cal did not play Oklahoma during Morton’s years as a Bear, which might explain Woody not naming the Sooner coach. The QB named Craig that played in 1964 against the Sooners and had a big day was USC’s Craig Fertig. SC won big in Norman that day 40-14 and Craig Fertig had quite a day.

        • Tom says:

          I agree with you recievers list Alworth’s desire, speed, quick twitch bounce and toughness sets him apart. Carrol Dale was caught in a numbers game in LA, following in the foot steps of Elroy “Crazy Legs” Hirsch, competing with Del Shofner and another underrated receiver Jim “Red” Phillips didn’t help. Of the three “Red” was my favorite.
          Some think that if in 1957 Sid Gilman moved Jon Arnett permanently from running back to Flanker and then not been fired, Arnett like Bobby Mitchell who was mover from the backfield to Flanker would have performed and had a career equal to or better than Tommy Mac Donald, Don Maynard, or Fred Biletnikoff. One will never know and as a result unlike Bobby, Lance, Tommy, Don and Fred, Jon Arnett may never get into Canton without a ticket.

          I remember the first time I saw Steve Tensi play, it was on TV in the 1966 Sun Bowl, Tensi to Biletnikoff was poetry in motion and unforgetable. Jim Kiick was on the opposing team, Wyoming and had a big day according to my recent research, but I have zero recollection of Kiick in that game but will never forget Tensi and Fred. One would have thought Tensi would have gone on to have a career similar to Freds, but obviously that wasn’t to be.

          • 1967 says:

            I noted that re: Woody Paige comments. I also noted or ‘read’ something that depending interpretation, might also suggest something erroneous, i.e., the way he words the following –

            “But Tensi and the Broncos were drubbed by Oakland 51-0 in their second game, and they won only three – one a victory over Namath and the eventual Super Bowl champions on a Tensi touchdown pass.”

            – yes, the Jets won a Superbowl alright, but Paige is referring to 1967 & the Jets didn’t win the Superbowl till aft the ’68 season in January 1969.

            Woody was having an off day…

            : )

          • kevin says:

            Otis Taylor belongs in the HOF no doubt. He had big catches throughout his career, especially during the playoff run in 1969 in which the Chiefs became champions.

            Maybe he is not in the HOF because he snuck out of that window when the NFL scouts were babysitting him, and went on to sign with the AFL !

        • Tom says:

          I mentioned I make mistakes, it is to easy rely on memories that you would swear were true and are completely inaccurate. Case in point the Tensi to Biletnikoff Bowl game was not the 1966 Sun Bowl against Wyoming it was the 1964-65 Gator Bowl against Oklahoma. During the 1963 season the Sooners program stared to unravel in disarray with the suspension of star running back Joe Don Looney Bud Wilkinson who up to then was the most respected, loved and cared for man in the State of Oklahoma, Bud abruptedly left the program at the start of the 1964 season in the wake of the Joe Don Looney fiasco and I recall it being one big ugly mess and a painful time for Bud.

          • 1967 says:

            Joe Don Looney… that’s one guy the Chiefs drafted who I’m glad the NFL’ won’ the services of; I wonder if Will Rogers ever met Looney?

  8. don says:

    WOW! I thought he would have been a long time ago.

  9. Angelo F. Coniglio says:

    Todd: I love these comparisons. Here are some others:

    All-Time Leaders through 1969:
    In 1970, the Pro Football Hall of Fame published lists of All-Time Leaders in passing, receiving, rushing, and scoring, through the end of the 1969 season. The tables are shown below.
    Items to note:

    BABE PARILLI, JACK KEMP, JOHN HADL and TOBIN ROTE each threw for about twice the yards and touchdowns as Bob Waterfield, who is not in the top twenty. Waterfield is in the Hall of Fame: the AFL quarterbacks mentioned are not.
    ART POWELL had twenty more touchdown catches, and more receptions and receiving yards than Elroy Hirsch, Jimmy Orr or Dante Lavelli. Hirsch, Orr and Lavelli are in the Hall of Fame: POWELL is not.
    CHRIS BURFORD had more receiving yards, a better yards-per-catch average, 17 more touchdown receptions and two more championship rings than Tom Fears. Fears is in the Hall of Fame: BURFORD is not.
    ABNER HAYNES played eight years and scored seven more rushing touchdowns than Ollie Matson had in twelve years. PAUL LOWE scored the same number in nine years as Matson did in twelve. Both Haynes and Lowe had higher yards per carry than Matson. Matson was a league MVP. So were Haynes and Lowe. Matson never played on a championship team. Haynes and Lowe each helped their teams win championships. Matson is in the Hall of Fame: HAYNES and LOWE are not.
    GINO CAPPELLETTI is third on the list of scorers, ahead of several NFL players on the list who are in the Pro Football Hall of Fame: CAPPELLETTI is not. Also on the list, but not in the Hall, are JIM TURNER and GENE MINGO.

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  11. joseph bryant says:

    I’m completely shocked to learn that the great Otis Taylor is not in the HOF! In his prime he was virtually impossible to defend. Bullet Bob Hayes — a threat to score every minute he was on the field — deserved enshrinement, but he only got in to the Hall some years after his death. Warfield was certainly an all-time great. Hopefully the injustice to Otis will be set right, and the senior committee will vote him in. Recall that Chris Hanburger of the Redskins — who made something like 9 pro bowls — only got in last year.

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  13. Mark C. Horn says:

    While he was playing, Otis had no equals and the pro football world considered him among the best. However,since he has retired, he only has fans like us to plead his case.

    He played in an era of run-oriented offenses, in an era where wide receivers actually had to block, as opposed to simply running routes. He had to take serious hits over the middle (before Darryl Stingley was paralyzed and rules changed.

    Many receivers today, and even back then were known for out-running DBs, Taylor could do that, but he also could break tackles. In fact, that would have been an interesting stat to follow – tackles broken, Otis would have been a leader in that category.

    One other variable that comes into play, and even as recently as this year is the number of retired players who are able to keep themselves in the spotlight in other capacities, enough to give them a glimmer of hope to be picked for the HOF. Dave Robinson, was a very good player, but his membership of the formidable Green Bay Packers I believe, superceded his level of play in terms of going in the Hall.

    Otis is bed-ridden and apparently a mere shade of himself, and he cannot promote his past grid-iron fame any longer, as I hear he can barely walk or talk. His name seems to have faded from the seniors committee of the HOF.

    It is sad.

    Len Dawson who is in the HOF, had to have someone to catch his passes, to partially warrant his inclusion into the hallowed HOF and many of those passes, good and errant, were caught by Otis.

    Dallas Cowboy end Bob Hayes was a put into the HOF as much for his Olympic fame as for his football skills. Otis was more consistent and a more well-rounded receiver and he proved himself in the AFL and NFL, and he came up big in the playoff and Super Bowls, unlike Hayes.

    Much like Hayes, there have been other players who were borderline great but who got that extra vote because of flair or notoriety. The Browns Dante Lavelli, who was a great receiver, had a flashy nickname, “Glue Fingers” and had the Hollywood looks, and yet Mac Speedie, a Cleveland teammate, and another forgotten HOF “should-be-in” player, was every bit Lavelli’s equal. His issue was he was known to have an independent streak and he was not favored by Browns owner Paul Brown. Still he was a 3x All-Pro First-Teamer.

    I digress.

    Otis Taylor broke the mold of the lumbering old-school receiver, along with the likes of fellow AFL receivers, all who have been enshrined except Taylor) Lance Alworth, Don Maynard, Fred Bilentnikoff and of course, Pau Warfield, brought a finesse and athleticism to the league along with being known for their greatness as a clutch pass-catcher.

    What made Otis even more amazing than that select group was he had all the characteristics of a great receiver, but he did it in spectacular fashion. He had size, speed and agility, and packaged together he forced defenses to spread out, double-team, and his play widened the field, and this more than simple size or speed, changed the offensive play-calling and defensive strategies or the game we know today.

    Needless to say, his play also caught the attention of many fans, not just in KC but across the country. He came from little Prairie View and not a collegiate powerhouse, but became a pro football household name, anyway.

    His exclusion from the HOF by the senior committee who in past years have opted for players like Chris Hamburger and Floyd Little, is unfathomable.

    Otis deserves to be in, not for any reason that he was simply one of the best, all-around receivers of all time.

    • Todd Tobias says:

      Thank you, Mark. In this thread that already has a host of fantastic, well-thought comments, yours stands out. Welcome to the site, and I hope you continue to read and comment.

    • I agree with Todd–you’ve made some excellent remarks here. There’s no question O-Taylor is one of the great receivers of all time. (See my comments on Otis below.)

      Regarding Bob Hayes: It should be pointed out that he played well in the Cowboys’ win over Miami in Super Bowl VI. Hayes made an 18-yard catch that set up a Mike Clark field goal in the first quarter. Then, in the third quarter, his 16-yard run on a reverse set up a Duane Thomas touchdown that put the Cowboys up, 17-3.

  14. Mark says:

    I was only six years old and heard a sound of despair that I had never heard in my life before. I stopped playing with my toys to go to the living room and caught the replay of the big man in red. I wouldn’t know how important the game was until years later. As a Vikings fan, I think that was the play that cursed us forever. No matter how good we are, we’ll find a way to lose the big game.

    Anyway, Jerry Rice averaged 14.8 yards per catch for his career and Otis Taylor 17.8. I think it’s your best bet.

  15. I’ve commented extensively on Otis Taylor for other articles on this site, especially “Who is on Your AFL Mt. Rushmore?” (June 24, 2013) and “Otis Taylor Highlight Video” (May 24, 2013). It’s about time I comment on his official “Hall of Fame Comparison” page. His attributes and some of the amazing plays he made have already been documented in comments made on this page. I’ll try to say a few things that have not yet been said.

    In the late ’70’s, when I was a kid, I knew Otis Taylor as a great wide receiver. He was, in fact, one of the first AFL players I knew about. In 2011, I was surprised to learn he was not in The Hall of Fame. O-Taylor should ABSOLUTELY be in The Hall of Fame. As I’ve indicated above, he was one of the four players I chose for my AFL Mt. Rushmore.

    In 1975, Cleveland Browns defensive back Clarence Scott, whose football cards I used to have, commented on the great wide receivers he faced. Scott, who played 13 years in the NFL, said, “You’ve got the physical receivers, like Otis Taylor, who have great speed, but they’re also able to overpower defensive backs because of their great size and strength.”

    The ULTIMATE occolade has to come from Hall-of-Famer and 6-time NFL champion Herb Adderley. Adderley, one of the great cornerbacks in pro football history, won 5 championships with Green Bay and 1 with Dallas. He went up against Paul Warfield, Bob Hayes, Charley Taylor, and Bobby Mitchell. After the Packers defeated the Chiefs in the first Super Bowl, Adderley said this about Otis: “Taylor is the greatest wide receiver I’ve ever faced.”

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