Legendary Washington WR Charley Taylor Passes Away at 80

Published 02/21/2022, 6:11 AM EST

NFL franchise Washington Commanders and their fans lost one of their iconic figures in WR Charley Taylor. The late 80-year old WR played in the NFL for 13 years following Washington drafting him with the No.3 overall pick in the 1964 Draft. He had a great career during his 13 seasons at Washington as he became NFL’s All-time leader in receptions then.

Taylor is a well-respected athlete in Washington as he took the franchise to their first Super Bowl in 1972. It was his versatility that caught the eyes of many Washington fans. He began playing as a halfback for 3 campaigns before switching to the wideout position. A figure, who holds a special place within the organization, he guided them even after his retirement in 1977.

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The Commanders owners Dan and Tanya Snyder released a statement about his death, stating, “He represented the organization with excellence and class over three decades as a player and coach. Charley was a great man and will be sorely missed by all. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Patricia and the entire Taylor family during this time.

Charley Taylor: Washington through and through

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Taylor’s impact on the growth of the franchise cannot be understated. He did work within the front office as a scout and later part of their coaching setup following retirement. He worked with the team during the 1981 to 1993 season and was a big factor in their 3 Super Bowl victories. Taylor had a trailblazing career which was the epitome of durability and consistency, something young QBs will look to ape long to carry on his legacy.

The 8-time Pro Bowler was the 1964 NFL Rookie of The Year. He recorded 53 catches for 814 yards and five touchdowns and rushed for 755 yards and five touchdowns. It was his drive for excellence and becoming the total football player that was a huge motivation. He is a famed member of Washington’s Ring of Fame and a 1984 Hall of Fame inductee.

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A decorated player in both the NFL and Washington sports history, he will be sorely missed by the sport and its fans. Despite his passing, the game will forever be indebted to his contributions and work on and off the field. He was the franchise’s first great WR, and they will be lucky if they find anyone close to his greatness.

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Anuj Tazhatuveetil

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An NFL author at EssentiallySports, Anuj Tazhatuveetil is pursuing a Master's degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. Initially, he worked as a freelance content writer and later as a part of Sports404. An unquenchable thirst to learn about all things NFL and NBA, adding to a rather healthy obsession with playing outdoor sports like basketball, and soccer with an almost encyclopedic knowledge of this industry make him a sports aficionado.

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