Another of the AFL early stars that seems to have escaped the attention of the modern NFL.
 After starring in Football, Basketball and Track at New Mexico Highlands He originally began his career with the Chicago Bears in 1959 as a linebacker but was released after the season. The Denver Broncos of the newly formed American Football league offered him a chance to tryout for the team. He made an immediate impact leading the AFL in catches that first year with 92 grabs – the most by a professional football player ever. He would lead the new league in catches the next 3 seasons as well. All in all he was AFL’s to pass receiver 5 times in it’s 10-year existence. 

  After 2 seasons with the Houston Oilers in 1967 & 1968 he retired as the AFL’s leading All Time Career Receiver with 567 catches.

Lionel Taylor 1965 Denver Broncos Topps Card #65
Lionel Taylor
Career Catches
YearAgeTeamGamesCatchesYardsY/RLongTD
195924CHI800 00
1960+25DEN1292♦123513.48012
1961*+26DEN14100♦117611.8524
1962*+27DEN1477♦90811.8454
196328DEN1478♦110114.17210
196429DEN147687311.5577
1965*+30DEN1485♦113113.3636
196631DEN143544812.8321
196732HOU81823312.9231
196833HOU969015.0350
7 years BroncosDEN96543687212.78044
2 years OilersHOU172432313.5351
1 year BearsCHI800 00
10-Year Career Totals121567719512.78045
  • + – AFL All-League Selection
  • * – AFL All-Star Selection
  • ♦ – Led the AFL

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