|Date of birth: September 28, 1941
|Place of birth: Dallas, Texas
|High School: Grand Prairie (TX) Dalworth
|Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
||Weight: 210 lb (95 kg)
|College: Arizona State
|NFL Draft: 1964 / Round: 1 / Pick: 3
|Debuted in 1964 for the Washington Redskins
|Last played in 1977 for the Washington Redskins
|Career highlights and awards
|Career NFL statistics as of 1977
|Stats at NFL.com
|Stats at pro-football-reference.com
|Stats at DatabaseFootball.com
|Pro Football Hall of Fame
Charles Robert Taylor (born September 28, 1941) is a former American football wide receiver in the National Football League for the Washington Redskins. Taylor was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1984.
During his tenure with the Redskins they reached the Super Bowl in 1973, (Super Bowl VII), after the 1972 season. They also made the playoffs four other times in the 1970s.
Taylor was born in Grand Prairie, Texas was the second of seven children—four girls and three boys. 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.
Taylor started playing sports while in junior high school and by the eighth grade he was playing football, baseball, basketball and competing in track.
Taylor attended and 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). 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.
Taylor attended and played college football at Arizona State University as a halfback and defensive back. He was selected as an All-American two years in a row and was also selected to the All-Western Athletic Conference team. Following his final season, he played in the East-West Shrine Game, the Hula Bowl, and the All-American Bowl. He also played in the College All-Star Game against the Chicago Bears and was named the Most Valuable Player of the game. Taylor also pitched and played third base for the school’s baseball team. However, during baseball practice, he was hit on a knee by a line drive, which ended his baseball career.
Taylor was inducted into the Arizona State Sports Hall of Fame as a charter member in 1975.
Taylor was drafted in the first round (third overall) of the 1964 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins. He won the UPI NFL-NFC Rookie of the Year award as a running back 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). His 53 receptions were a record for running backs at that time.
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. He would play that position for the rest of his career and had a record-tying seven seasons with 50 or more receptions. On December 21, 1975, Taylor became the NFL's all-time receptions leader with his 634th career catch in the season finale against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Taylor retired after the 1977 season as the NFL's all time leading receiver with 649 receptions for 9,110 yards and 79 touchdowns. 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. He earned first- or second-team All-NFL honors six times and was selected to play in eight Pro Bowls.
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. In 1999, he was ranked number 85 on The Sporting News' list of the 100 Greatest Football Players.
After retiring, Taylor was hired to work in the front office with Bobby Mitchell as a scout. When Joe Gibbs became head coach of the Redskins in 1981, he selected Taylor to be the team's receiver coach. He served in that position from 1981 through 1994, when he was fired after Norv Turner became the new head coach.
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. 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. They have three children, Elizabeth, Erica, and Charles, Jr., and three grandchildren, Nathan, Jordyn, and Robin. Taylor and his wife live in Reston, Virginia.
|Formerly the Boston Braves and the Boston Redskins • Founded in 1932 • Plays in Landover, Maryland • Headquartered in Ashburn, Virginia|
|Division championships (12)|
|Super Bowl appearances (5)|
|League championships (5)|
|Hall of Fame players|
|Current league affiliations|
|Washington Redskins Ring of Fame |
Head Coach 1971–77 • Cliff Battles
RB 1932–37 • Sammy Baugh
QB 1937–52 • Gene Brito
DE, 1951–53, 1955–58 • Larry Brown
RB 1969–76 • Dave Butz
DT 1975–88 • Gary Clark
WR 1985–92 • Jack Kent Cooke
Owner 1961–97 • Bill Dudley
RB, 1950–51, 1953 • Wayne Curry
Prince George's County Executive 1994–2002 • Pat Fischer
CB 1968–77 • Joe Gibbs
Head Coach, 1981–92, 2004–07 • Darrell Green
CB 1983–2002 • Russ Grimm
G 1981–91 • Chris Hanburger
LB 1965–78 • Ken Harvey
LB 1994–98 • Len Hauss
C 1964–77 • Phil Hochberg PA Announcer 1963–2000 • Ken Houston
S 1973–80 • Sam Huff
LB, 1964–67, 1969 • Joe Jacoby
T/G 1981–93 • Dick James
RB 1956–63 • Sonny Jurgensen
QB 1964–74 • Charlie Justice
RB, 1950, 1952–54 • Billy Kilmer
QB 1971–78 • Eddie LeBaron
QB, 1952–53, 1955–59 • Vince Lombardi
Head Coach 1969 • Dexter Manley
DE 1981–89 • Charles Mann
DE 1983–93 • George Preston Marshall
Team Founder & Owner 1932–69 • Wayne Millner
End, 1936–41, 1945 • Bobby Mitchell
Flanker 1962–68 • Brian Mitchell
RB/KR 1990–99 • Art Monk
WR 1980–93 • Mark Moseley
PK 1974–86 • Brig Owens
DB 1966–77 • Vince Promuto
G 1960–70 • John Riggins
RB, 1976–79, 1981–85 • Jerry Smith
TE 1965–77 • Charley Taylor
WR 1964–77 • Sean Taylor
S 2004–07 • Joe Theismann
QB 1974–85 • Lamar "Bubba" Tyer Head Athletic Trainer, 1971–2002, 2004–08 • Doug Williams
QB 1986–89 •