Lionel Taylor
Lionel Taylor joined the AFL and the Denver Broncos in 1960. The 6’ 2’’ 215 pound wide receiver was a star from his first year with the Broncos. He played his college football at New Mexico Highlands.

Lionel Taylor #87

Player Info

Height 6' 2"
Weight 215 lbs
DOB: 8/15/1935
Wide Receiver


NFL Draft


Career Highlights

AFL All-Star

1960, 1961, 1962, 1965


Denver Broncos Ring of Fame
AFL Hall of Fame
First Player to Catch 100 Passes (1961)

Team(s) As A Player

Chicago Bears 1959
Denver Broncos 1960-1966
Houston Oilers 1967-1968

Lionel Taylor AFL Records

Lionel Taylor led the AFL in receiving each of his first six seasons in Denver, and the first six seasons of the AFL. His first year in Denver in 1960, Taylor had 92 receptions for 1235 yards and 12 TDs in just 12 games. During that season against Buffalo on November 27, 1960, Taylor caught 9 passes for 199 yards and 3 TDs to help rally the Broncos to a 38-38 tie with the Buffalo Bills. Taylor was an AFL All-Star in 1961, 1962, & 1965. During his first 6 seasons, he had four 1000- yard seasons.

Lionel Taylor MVP

Lionel Taylor was an important cog in Denver’s offense from 1960-1966. During that time he caught 543 passes for 6872 yards and 44 TDs. All these were Denver Broncos records at the time he retired and for many years after his football days were finished. He was the Broncos’ MVP three times in 1963, 1964, and 1965. Lionel Taylor is a member of the American Football League Hall of Fame and the Denver Broncos Ring of Fame.

Lionel Taylor Coach

From 1970-1976, Lionel Taylor was a wide receiver coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers. During that time he helped mold two future Hall of Fame receivers named Lynn Swann and John Stallworth. Swann credited Taylor for much of his success. After Taylor left the Steelers, he went on to be a coach for the Los Angeles Rams.

By A. Goodin,
June 23, 2007

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