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Kansas City Chiefs Star Passes Away

Written by Tony Ghaul

Former Kansas City Chiefs star WR Otis Taylor died on Thursday at the age of 80.

Taylor caught the touchdown pass that sealed the Chiefs upset victory over the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl IV.

The team announced his death but did not say where he died or cite a cause. He had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and dementia.

Over an 11-year career that began in 1965, Taylor was one of QB Len Dawson’s key offensive targets.

In 1966, his breakout season, Taylor caught 58 passes for 1,297 yards, an average of 22.4 yards a catch.

Taylor caught a total of 410 passes in his career for 7,306 yards, with 57 touchdowns. He ranks third in Chiefs history in receiving yards, after Tony Gonzalez and Travis Kelce.

Taylor was born on Aug. 11, 1942, in Houston. He was a star receiver at Prairie View A&M University in Texas and was drafted in the fourth round of the A.F.L. draft by the Chiefs and in the 15th round of the N.F.L. draft by the Philadelphia Eagles.

Kansas City Chiefs WR Otis Taylor. Photo courtsey of Sports Illustrated

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