Otis Taylor

Otis Taylor

Position: Offensive End
How Acquired: Draft (No. 4-1965)
Career Dates: 1965-1975
College: Prairie View
Birth Date and Place: 8/11/1942 Houston, Texas
Employer: Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Kansas City


When Otis Taylor, Jr. began his football career, quarterback was his position until he saw a former teammate, Jim Kerney. "We both were fighting for playing time as freshmen. I finally asked Coach Nicks to switch my position to offensive end. What a stroke of luck!"

Otis stood 6'3" and weighed 217 pounds. He began his NFL career covering kicks and punts, moving to the #1 position by mid-season. During his ten year career with the Chiefs, Otis earned a reputation as one of professional football's most prolific and dangerous big play receivers. As the favorite target of NFL Hall of Fame quarterback, Len Dawson, Otis was a key member of the squad that won AFL Championships in 1966 and 1969.

His 46-yard pass reception and sprint down the sideline put a lock on the Chiefs first and only Super Bowl title in January, 1970. He is a Kansas City Chiefs Hall of Fame member and three-time NFL Pro-Bowl selection. He holds the Chiefs career records for receiving yards (7,306), receiving touchdowns (57) and 100-yard games (20). His 410 career receptions rank second in team history, twice topping the 1,000-yard receiving mark in a season.

Otis Taylor is an NFL Hall of Fame hopeful. He resides in Kansas City, Missouri, with his family - wife, Regina, and Otis Taylor III, who plays all sports.