Special Talkback with Legendary Green Bay Packer Star Jim Taylor
Saturday, April 30, immediately following the evening performance!
Jim Taylor was selected by the Packers in the second round of the 1958 NFL Draft, the 15th overall pick. He holds many Packers’ records, including both career and single-season touchdowns. He was the Packers’ all-time leading rusher until Ahman Green broke his record on November 8, 2009. He won the NFL rushing title in 1962, the only season that Jim Brown did not lead the league during his nine year career. Taylor’s single-season yardage mark (1474) was not surpassed by a Packer until Ahman Green ran for 1883 yards in 2003 (a 16 game season as opposed to the 14 game 1962 season). At retirement, Taylor’s 83 career rushing touchdowns placed him behind only Jim Brown.
Taylor was a member of four Packer NFL championship teams (1961, 1962, 1965 and 1966), where he was teamed in the backfield with halfback Paul Hornung. In the Packers 16-7 championship win over the New York Giants in 1962, Taylor set a championship record with 31 carries (for 85 yards) and scored Green Bay’s only touchdown of the game. In Green Bay’s 1965 championship win, he rushed for 97 yards. In January 1967, Taylor and the Packers played in Super Bowl I, in which they easily defeated the Kansas City Chiefs. Taylor was the top rusher of the game with 56 rushing yards and a touchdown (with his score being the first rushing touchdown in Super Bowl history).
Taylor was elected to the Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame in 2001.