Jim Tay­lor, fierce full­back for mighty Pack­ers, dies at 83

The Times Herald (Norristown, PA) - - SPORTS -

Jim Tay­lor, the fe­ro­cious Hall of Fame full­back who em­bod­ied the Green Bay Pack­ers’ un­stop­pable ground game dur­ing the Vince Lom­bardi era and helped the team win four NFL ti­tles and the first Su­per Bowl, died Satur­day. He was 83.

He died un­ex­pect­edly at a hospi­tal in his home­town of Ba­ton Rouge, Louisiana, the team said.

Tay­lor played on the great Packer teams and was the league’s MVP in 1962. He scored the first rush­ing touch­down in Su­per Bowl his­tory.

Tay­lor was voted into the Hall in 1976. David Baker, pres­i­dent of the Hall, lauded Tay­lor for not only per­son­i­fy­ing Lom­bardi’s “run to day­light” phi­los­o­phy but for liv­ing his life as he played game, with “pas­sion, de­ter­mi­na­tion and love for all he did.” Tay­lor spent 10 sea­sons in the NFL af­ter be­ing drafted in the sec­ond round out of LSU in 1958. He joined a back­field that fea­tured Paul Hor­nung and be­gan to thrive when Lom­bardi took over in 1959.

— The As­so­ci­ated Press

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