John Taylor #82 – WR
When I watch highlights of NFL’s top players and greatest moments,49ers WR John Taylor is always missing from those clips. Taylor may be mentioned here and there but he definitely does not get the credit he deserves. Jerry Rice was the household name in the 1980’s and he was a fan favorite but somehow America seems to forget the 49ers had another great WR.
I loved Joe Montana, Jerry Rice, Roger Craig but I also loved John Taylor. I remember playing nerf football with my friends at the school field down the street and I would run my routes pretending to be John Taylor. I still have love for the man today and would like to meet him in person and shake his hand.
We were lucky when the 49ers drafted Taylor during the 1986 NFL Draft in Round 3 at Pick 76. Round 3? Yes, that was a steal in the 1986 draft and Bill Walsh knew how to pick ’em.
Taylor was used as a punt returner and he did well at that position for the first 2 years. In the 1989 Super Bowl he caught the game winning TD with seconds left in the game. The following year Taylor was taken more seriously as a WR and he quickly became one of the best in the NFL. Despite not being the number one receiver on his team, Taylor finished the 1989 season with 60 receptions for 1,077 yards and ten touchdowns.
Taylor made it to the Pro-Bowl a few times but not as much as he should have. Much like Aldon Smith was snubbed from the Pro-Bowl last year so was John Taylor often. Taylor won three super bowl rings in his career with the 49ers, in 1988, 1989, and 1994.
So hats off to one of my favorite 49ers Mr. John Taylor and I thank you for all of the great 49er memories.
If you weren’t alive to see John Taylor play or you don’t remember him just watch a highlight video from 1987-1995 if you can find one and I am sure he will show up.
Career Highlights (1987-1995)
- 2× Pro Bowl selection (1988, 1989)
- 2× All-Pro selection (1988, 1989)
- 3× Super Bowl champion (XXIII, XXIV, XXIX)
- NFL 1980s All-Decade Team
- Delaware Sports Hall of Fame
|Punt return yards||1,517|
|Kick return yards||276|