Jim Taylor, a legendary fullback for LSU and the Green Bay Packers who played his final NFL season with the inaugural New Orleans Saints team in 1967, died on Saturday, Oct. 13. The member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame was 83 and lived in Baton Rouge.
Taylor had 130 carries for 390 yards and two touchdowns to along with 38 receptions for 251 yards in his lone season with the Saints. He started his NFL career in 1958 with the Packers following a stellar career with the LSU Tigers. From 1960 to 1964 he was selected to five Pro Bowls and was first team All-Pro in 1962. Taylor played on the 1966 and 1967 Super Bowl-winning squads and won pre-Super Bowl titles in 1961, '62 and '65.
Taylor signed with the Saints July 6, 1967 and played in all 14 games that season. "It worked out," Taylor said in a 2016 interview. "I had been in Green Bay nine years and I was moving on. I was a free agent."
He finished his career with 132 games played, 8,597 rushing yards with 83 touchdowns and 225 receptions for 1,756 yards and 10 touchdowns.
The New Orleans Saints remember fullback Jim Taylor, a legendary running back for LSU and the Green Bay Packers who played his final season with the inaugural New Orleans Saints team in 1967.
"Everybody can be an also-ran and get on a team and get a uniform but if you want to move onto the Pro Football Hall of Fame it requires some effort and some concern for you to really devote yourself as a player," Taylor said during the 2016 interview.
Taylor was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1976.