The former Washington wide receiver, elected to eight Pro Bowls in his 13-year career, has died.
Hall of Fame wide receiver and Washington legend Charley passed away Saturday at the age of 80.
The cause was not released, but the Washington Commanders confirmed his death in a statement.
“He represented the organization with excellence and class for three decades as a player and coach,” Commanders owners Dan and Tanya Snyder said in the statement. ” Charley Taylor was a great man and he will be dearly missed by all. Our prayers are with his wife Patricia and the entire Taylor family during this time.”
Taylor was drafted by Washington with the third overall pick in the 1964 draft and made eight Pro Bowls over the course of his 13-year career. He retired in 1977 as the NFL’s all-time leader in receptions with 649, a record that was later broken.
A versatile athlete, Taylor spent his first three seasons as a running back. He rushed for 1,419 yards and had 2,510 receiving yards during those three seasons before becoming a full-time receiver in 1967. He helped Washington reach its first Super Bowl in 1972.
Taylor’s 90 career touchdowns remain a franchise record for Washington .
Taylor worked in Washington’s front office as a scout and then on their assistant staff from 1981 to 1993, helping the team win three Super Bowls. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1984.