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Jim Taylor (1935 - 2018), Legendary Green Bay Packers fullback

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Helped lead the Packers to victory in the first Super Bowl

Fullback Jim Taylor (1935 – 2018) helped lead Vince Lombardi’s Green Bay Packers to four NFL championship titles in the 1960s and a victory over the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl I in 1967. Taylor was known for his toughness on the field, running over defenders.

Taylor played college football at LSU and was drafted by the Packers in the 1958 draft. He was a star with the Packers for nine seasons and then played for the New Orleans Saints in his final NFL season in 1967. He was a five-time Pro Bowl selection, rushing for 8,597 yards and scoring 83 touchdowns during his pro football hall of fame career.

In one of the most famous NFL title games, the Packers defeated their bitter rivals the New York Giants 16 – 7 on a frigid day with wind chills below zero. Taylor ran for 85 yards and a touchdown while battling his on field enemy, linebacker Sam Huff and the fierce Giants defense. Though he was injured, Taylor played the entire game.

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Died: Monday, October 13, 2018 (Who else died on October 13?)

Details of death: Died at the age of 83, according to the Green Bay Packers.


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Notable Quote:  "I never took a worse beating on a football field. The Giants hit me hard, and then I hit the ground hard. I got it both ways. This was the toughest game I've ever played ... I just rammed it down their throats by letting my running do my talking. They couldn't rattle me ... I think Huff hit me with his elbow after a tackle. Anyway, I cut my tongue of all things." – Taylor in the locker room after the Packers beat the Giants in the famous 1962 NFL Championship Game

What people said about him: “The Green Bay Packers family was saddened to learn of Jim Taylor’s passing this morning,” Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy said in a statement. “He was a gritty, classic player on the Lombardi teams and a key figure of those great championship runs. One of the best runners of his era, he later was greatly appreciated by multiple generations of Packers fans during his many returns to Lambeau Field with his fellow alumni. Our deepest condolences go out to his wife, Helen, and their family and friends.”

Full obituary: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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