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WASHINGTON – Charlie Taylor, Hall of Fame receiver, who ended his 13-season career in Washington as NFLA career head of receptions, he died Saturday. He was 80.
The Commanders said Taylor died at an ancillary facility Virginia. The cause of death was not reported.
Introduced to the Professional Football Hall of Fame in 1984, Taylor finished with 649 catches for 9,110 yards in 165 regular season games. Jerry Rice now holds the catch rating in 1549, and Taylor dropped to 67th on the list.
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“He has represented the organization with excellence and class for three decades as a player and coach,” Commanders owners Dan and Tanya Snyder said. “Charlie was a wonderful man and everyone will miss him very much.”
Washington chose Taylor third in the overall standings Arizona in 1964, when the 6-foot-3, 210-pound played in the first two seasons. In 1966, coach Otto Graham switched Taylor to vice receiver, and he led the NFL with 72 receptions that season and again in 1967 with 70 receptions.
Taylor helped Washington reach the Super Cup after the 1972 season, where he lost to the undefeated Miami Dolphins 14-7. He retired after the 1977 season with 90 touchdowns, a Washington record that still remains.
Taylor was a rookie of the year in the 1964 NFL and was elected to the 1960s Professional Football Hall of Fame team. In 1967, the eight-time Pro Bowl selection became the first-team pick in the NFL.
Taylor coached the Washington receivers from 1981 to 1993, helping the team win three Super Cups.
Taylor starred in football, baseball, basketball and athletics at a high school in Grand Prairie, Texas. In Arizona, he played midfielder and defender, and also broke and played in third base.