Monday, July 23, 2018

Jim Taylor — The Saint


We don’t often post images or stories about non-Green Bay Packers subject matter, but this one obviously is Packers-related. From Today in Pro Football History: “The expansion New Orleans Saints achieved a high-profile signing on July 6, 1967 when Jim Taylor, star fullback with the Green Bay Packers, inked a contract. Taylor had played out his option with the Packers, and while clearly on the downside of his great career at age 31 (he would turn 32 early in the ’67 season) and after 1811 carries, had been contacted by several teams. A native of Baton Rouge who had played his college football at LSU, the new franchise in New Orleans was a natural choice. Taylor returned for the 1968 season, but when he was assigned to special teams for the opening preseason game, he left the club and announced his retirement. For Taylor, it was an unbecoming finale to his Hall of Fame career.”

The original caption to this photo: “New Orleans Saints quarterback Billy Kilmer, left, and tailback Jim Taylor take time out to go over over a little strategy during a break in practice at New Orleans' San Diego, California, training camp in 1968.” (NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune archive).

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