A professional football Hall of Famer and 5-time Pro Bowler sadly died on Saturday, October 13th. The Green Bay Packers first announced Jim Taylor’s passing in a statement on their website.
Taylor, a former fullback, passed away unexpectedly at the hospital in his hometown of Baton Rouge, Louisiana at 83 years old. His cause of death was immediately unclear.
“The Green Bay Packers family was saddened to learn of Jim Taylor’s passing this morning,” said Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy. “He was a gritty, classic player on the Lombardi teams and a key figure of those great championship runs. One of the best runners of his era, he later was beloved by multiple generations of Packers fans.”
“He returned many times to Lambeau Field with his fellow alumni. Jim always looked like he could still play,” he added. “Our deepest condolences go out to his wife, Helen, and their family and friends.”
According to ESPN, Taylor rushed for 8,207 yards and scored 91 touchdowns during his nine seasons with the Packers. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1976.
Many fans and others in the football industry, including Gil Brandt and Chris Mortensen, paid a heartwarming tribute to Taylor via social media.
Please keep Taylor’s friends, family, and loved ones in your prayers. In other recent news, Bill Cosby’s lawyers issued a surprising statement as the comedy actor remains behind bars.