John Taylor was a very good wide receiver for the San Francisco 49ers during the late 1980s and early 1990s. He contributed a great deal to the 49ers Super Bowl teams of the era and was a near perfect compliment to Jerry Rice. He was drafted in the 3rd round of the 1986 NFL Draft out of Delaware State University and went on to make the Pro Bowl twice.
Here are some interesting facts about John Taylor:
-In 1991, John Taylor’s 97 yard touchdown reception was the longest pass play of the year.
-During his career, John Taylor rushed the ball six times for 31 yards.
-In 1988, John Taylor led the NFL in punt return yards (556), punt return touchdowns (2), yards per punt return (12.6), and the longest punt return of the year (95 yards).
-During his career, John Taylor threw two passes. Both were completed, one for 21 yards and the other for 41 yards.
-In 1987, John Taylor returned a fumble 26 yards for a touchdown while playing on special teams coverage. This was the first touchdown of the wide receiver’s NFL career.
-John Taylor went to Pennsauken High School in Pennsauken Township, New Jersey. Dwight Hicks, Todd McNair, David Griggs, and Keith Taylor also played in the NFL during the 1980s and went to Pennsauken High School.
-In a Monday Night Football game against the Rams in 1989, John Taylor scored on two touchdown receptions longer than 90 yards each.
-John Taylor caught 21 of his 43 career touchdown receptions in the 2nd quarter.
-The four quarterbacks that threw touchdown passes to John Taylor are Steve Young (23), Joe Montana (15), Steve Bono (4), and Elvis Grbac (1).
-John Taylor scored more touchdowns against the Los Angeles Rams than any other team he played against.