Longtime Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Otis Taylor, who helped pb the franchise to its archetypal Super Bowl triumph successful 1970, has died, the squad confirmed Friday.
Taylor, who spent much than 10 years successful Kansas City, died connected Thursday aft a agelong conflict with Parkinson's illness and dementia.
Super Bowl I: Kansas City Chiefs Otis Taylor (86) successful action, rushing against Green Bay Packers. Los Angeles, CA, January 15, 1967. (Walter Iooss Jr. /Sports Illustrated via Getty Images)
"The Kansas City Chiefs enactment is saddened by the passing of Otis Taylor. My household and I would similar to widen our heartfelt condolences to Otis' woman Regina, his sister Odell and the full Taylor household arsenic we mourn his passing," Chiefs president and CEO Clark Hunt said successful a statement.
"Otis was a Chief passim his 11-year career, and helium played an integral portion successful the aboriginal occurrence of our franchise. He became a Kansas City icon with his signature touchdown successful Super Bowl IV, arsenic helium helped the Chiefs bring location our archetypal Lombardi Trophy," Clark added.
"He was 1 of the astir dynamic receivers of his era, and helium helped revolutionize the position. Off-the-field, helium was benignant and dedicated to his community. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. Otis' bequest volition unrecorded everlastingly arsenic a subordinate of the Chiefs Hall of Fame."
Wide Receiver Otis Taylor, #89 of the Kansas City Chiefs, sitting connected the seat circa aboriginal 1970s during an NFL shot crippled astatine Municipal Stadium successful Kansas City, Missouri. Taylor played for the Chiefs from 1965 to 1975. (Focus connected Sport/Getty Images)
Taylor was selected by the Chiefs successful the 4th circular of the 1965 AFL draught and would spell connected to person a dynamic vocation alongside legendary backmost Len Dawson, who passed conscionable 7 months earlier Taylor.
Despite his galore accolades, including 2 Pro Bowl selections, 2 1,000-yard seasons, and the iconic 46-yard touchdown walk that helped the Chiefs decision the Vikings successful Super Bowl IV, Taylor was ne'er inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
"Otis made my occupation easy," Dawson erstwhile said. "If you got the walk to Otis, you knew he’d drawback it."
Kansas City Chiefs Otis Taylor (89) successful enactment against Oakland Raiders astatine Municipal Stadium. Kansas City, MO, November 23, 1967 (Walter Iooss Jr. /Sports Illustrated via Getty Images)
A two-time AFL champion and an AFL MVP, Taylor played for the Chiefs from 1965 to 1975. He finished his vocation with 7,306 yards and 57 receiving touchdowns.
In 1990, helium was diagnosed with Parkinson's illness and associated dementia, which led his household to record a suit against the league successful 2012, claiming that the NFL was legally liable for wellness issues helium experienced, opening with seizures successful 1969.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.