(Photo: Michael C. Hebert)LSU All-American and Pro Football Hall of Fame fullback Jim Taylor has died at age 83, the Green Bay Packers announced on Saturday morning.Taylor retired as the NFL’s No. 2 all-time rusher with 8,597 yards and 10,353 total yards in a career that led him to induction in Canton in 1976. Taylor totaled 8,207 yards from 1958-66 and started at fullback on six of the seven Vince Lombardi’s NFL championship teams.Taylor was an All-American fullback at LSU, sharing the backfield with eventual Heisman Trophy winner Billy Cannon.The Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame inductee finished his pro career with the Saints at the beginning of their inaugural season in 1967.STATEMENT FROM PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME PRESIDENT & CEO DAVID BAKER ON THE PASSING OF HALL OF FAMER JIM TAYLORCANTON, OHIO – Hall of Fame fullback JIM TAYLOR passed away this morning at the age of 83. Pro Football Hall of Fame President David Baker issued the following statement:“Jim Taylor lived life the same way he played football, with passion, determination and love for all he did. The entire Hall of Fame family mourns the loss of a true hero of the game and extends heartfelt condolences to his wife Helen during this difficult time. While Jim’s spirit forever resides at the Hall, we will miss his smile that would light up a room.The Pro Football Hall of Fame will keep Jim’s legacy alive so generations of fans will remember his rugged running style, ability to block, and leadership in Coach Vince Lombardi’s ‘run to daylight’ philosophy that made him the first from the Lombardi-era Packers to earn a place in Canton. Jim Taylor’s accomplishments on the football field and throughout his life represent values like commitment, teamwork, sacrifice, and passion that serve as inspiration to us all.”CAPSULE BIOJIM TAYLOR – Enshrined in 1976(Hinds [MS] Junior College, Louisiana State) Fullback 6-0, 2141958-1966 Green Bay Packers, 1967 New Orleans SaintsJames Charles Taylor … LSU All-American, 1957 … Packers’ second-round draft pick, 1958 … 1,000-yard rusher five straight years, 1960-1964 … Rushed for 8,597 yards, caught 225 passes, amassed 10,539 combined net yards, scored 558 points … Led NFL rushers, scorers, had record 19 TDs rushing, 1962 … Excelled in 1962 NFL title game … Ferocious runner, rugged blocker, prime disciple of “run to daylight” doctrine … Born September 20, 1935, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana … Died October 13, 2018, at age of 83.
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