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Charley Taylor: Special Redskin as Player and Coach


It's no stretch to classify Charley Taylor as a Washington monument. The man was aligned with the Washington Redskins for nearly three decades, and his impact on the organization is considerable. Taylor played for the Redskins from 1964 to 1977, establishing himself as one of the greatest wide receivers in NFL history. He caught 649 passes, 79 for touchdowns, the latter figure still standing as a team record—among others he holds. He retired as the league's all-time leader in receptions, a mark since broken by players like former Redskin Art Monk. Which leads into the second phase of Taylor's contribution to the burgundy and gold. As the Redskins' receivers coach from 1981 to 1993, he molded such receivers as Monk, Charlie Brown, Gary Clark and Ricky Sanders into NFL stars. They, and others under Taylor's tutelage, helped propel the Redskins to Super Bowl-winning seasons in 1982, 1987 and 1991.

"I had a wonderful relationship with the Redskins for almost 30 years," says Taylor, a Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee who's now 58. "I took care of them, and they took care of me."