Bruce Taylor
No. 44
Position:Cornerback
Personal information
Born: (1948-05-28) May 28, 1948 (age 74)
Perth Amboy, New Jersey
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:193 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High school:Perth Amboy (NJ)
College:Boston University
NFL Draft:1970 / Round: 1 / Pick: 17
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Interceptions:18
INT yards:201
Games:109
Player stats at NFL.com

Bruce Lawrence Taylor (born May 28, 1948) is a former professional American football player who was selected by the San Francisco 49ers in the 1st round of the 1970 NFL Draft. Taylor played in eight NFL seasons and spent his entire career with the 49ers from 1970–1977. With the 49ers, Taylor played at the NFC Championship Game in 1971 and 1972. He also played at the Pro Bowl in 1972. During his football career, Taylor received several rookie of the year awards including ones from Pro Football Weekly and the Associated Press.

In 1978, Taylor was cut from the 49ers and briefly played for the Montreal Alouettes in the Canadian Football League. With the Alouettes, Taylor played in the Eastern Football Conference and Grey Cup championships held in 1978. Following his cut from the Oakland Raiders in 1979, Taylor worked in finance before becoming a Burger King owner in 1982. After expanding his Burger King locations to 18 stores by the late 1990s, Taylor returned to sports as a volunteer coach for a Florida high school in 2009. Taylor was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1997.

Early life and education

On May 28, 1948, Taylor was born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey.[1] Growing up, Taylor played baseball and basketball while in high school.[2] After high school, Taylor was picked by the Baltimore Orioles in the 30th round of the 1966 Major League Baseball draft. He declined the offer by the Orioles to attend Boston University.[3][4] During his time at Boston, he played at the 1968 NCAA University Division Baseball Tournament on the Boston University Terriers team.[4] As a football player, Taylor appeared at the Pasadena Bowl and East–West Shrine Bowl in 1969.[5][6] He also worked as a schoolteacher and factory worker while attending university.[4]

Career

In 1970, Taylor turned down an offer to play in the Canadian Football League with the Montreal Alouettes.[7] During the first round of the 1970 NFL Draft, Taylor was picked by the San Francisco 49ers.[8][9] With the 49ers, Taylor appeared at the NFC Championship Game in 1971 and 1972.[10][11] As part of the National Football Conference, Taylor played at the 1972 Pro Bowl.[12][13]

Taylor continued to play with the 49ers until he injured his hamstring in July 1978.[14] After sitting out the 49ers training camp due to injury, Taylor was cut from the team in August 1978.[15] During his eight seasons with the 49ers, Taylor was the 1970 punt returns season leader with 516 yards.[1][16] Overall, Taylor had 1323 punt return yards and 190 kick return yards during his 109 games in the NFL. He also accumulated 201 yards with his 18 interceptions.[17]

After leaving the 49ers, Taylor worked in stockbroking before joining the Montreal Alouettes in late 1978.[18] As a substitute for injured Dickie Harris, Taylor and the Alouettes defeated the Ottawa Rough Riders at the 1978 Eastern Football Conference championship.[19] While continuing to play as Harris's replacement, Taylor and the Alouettes lost to the Edmonton Eskimos at the 1978 Grey Cup.[20] In May 1979, Taylor returned to the United States and joined a training camp for the Oakland Raiders.[21] He remained with the Raiders for a few months before being cut in August 1979.[22][23]

In 1979, Taylor stopped playing football and worked in finance for three years. After switching to fast-food in 1982, Taylor owned Burger King locations in Seattle and Woodinville, Washington by the early 1990s.[24] By the late 1990s, Taylor had opened Burger King stores in Chicago and owned eighteen locations.[25] Taylor returned to sports in 2009 when he became a high school volunteer coach in Florida.[26]

Honors and personal life

As a defensive player, Taylor won the 1970 rookie of the year awards from Pro Football Weekly and the Associated Press.[27][28] As a member of the National Football Conference, Taylor also received rookie of the year awards for 1970 from the United Press International and Sporting News.[29][30] For hall of fames, Taylor was named into Boston University Athletic Hall of Fame in 1970 and became part of the College Football Hall of Fame in 1997.[31][32] Taylor is married and has two children.[25]

References

  1. ^ a b "Bruce Taylor Stats". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved January 11, 2021.
  2. ^ "B.U. Spoh Taylor Handy at 6 Spots". The Boston Globe. September 21, 1967. p. 54.
  3. ^ "1966 Draft Tracker". MLB. Retrieved January 12, 2021.
  4. ^ a b c Concannon, Joe (September 17, 1968). "Taylor Keys B.U.'s defense". The Boston Globe. p. 31.
  5. ^ "San Diego Aztecs win Pasadena Bowl". Johnson City Press-Chronicle. December 7, 1969. p. 26.
  6. ^ Markus, Robert (December 28, 1969). "East Defeated by West, 15 to 0, in Shrine Game". Chicago Tribune. sec. 2 p. 1.
  7. ^ "Taylor joins Alouettes". Star-Phoenix. November 15, 1978. p. 45.
  8. ^ Cooney, Frank (May 15, 1979). "Raiders sign former 49ers Bruce Taylor". The San Francisco Examiner. p. 47.
  9. ^ "NFL Draft History: Full Draft". Full Draft 1970 Round 1. Archived from the original on April 21, 2008. Retrieved January 9, 2021.
  10. ^ Meyers, Jeff (January 4, 1971). "Western Saga: Cowboys Win Big One". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. p. 4B.
  11. ^ Montville, Leigh (January 4, 1972). "Cowboy Hill thankful for rest". Boston Globe. p. 25.
  12. ^ "Stenerud Boots AFC To 26–13 Win In Pro Bowl". The Sacremnto Bee. January 24, 1972. pp. B4, B7.
  13. ^ "Pass Interference?". The Sacramento Bee. January 24, 1972. p. B7.
  14. ^ "49er defender Bruce Taylor hurt". The Modesto Bee. July 25, 1978. p. A-7.
  15. ^ Blackman, Frank (August 23, 1978). "Bruce Taylor wouldn't make a practice of pain so 49ers cut him". The San Francisco Examiner. p. 51.
  16. ^ "1970 Player Stats – Category Punt Returns". NFL. Retrieved January 10, 2021.
  17. ^ "Bruce Taylor". National Football League. Retrieved January 10, 2021.
  18. ^ Bacon, Dick (November 15, 1978). "Ex-49er to fil in for Als' Harris". The Gazette. Montreal, Quebec. p. 49.
  19. ^ "Als thinking champagne". The Ottawa Journal. November 21, 1978. p. 22.
  20. ^ Morrissey, Bob (December 6, 1978). "Geary sniffs at Als' beefs". The Gazette. p. 52.
  21. ^ Cooney, Frank (May 14, 1979). "Raiders sign former 49er Bruce Taylor". The San Francisco Examiner. p. 47.
  22. ^ Leef, Ralph (July 19, 1979). "One more time... hopefully". The Press Democrat. Santa Rosa, California. p. 2F.
  23. ^ "Yesterday's Heroes Are NFL Cut Victims". The Charlotte Observer. August 29, 1979. p. 12A.
  24. ^ "Ex-49Er Savors Success's Taste As The Owner Of Burger King". The Seattle Times. August 19, 1991. Retrieved January 12, 2021.
  25. ^ a b Franklin, Paul (August 17, 1997). "A Jersey guy's curtain call". Asbury Park Press. p. H10.
  26. ^ Niebuhr, Keith (September 23, 2009). "Retired Pro Back In Game". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved January 12, 2021.
  27. ^ "Pro Grid Weekly". The Miami Herald. January 5, 1971. p. 3-D.
  28. ^ "Bruce Taylor Defensive Rookie of the Year in NFL". Hazleton Standard-Speaker. January 7, 1971. p. 21.
  29. ^ "49ers Bruce Taylor NFC Rookie Of Year". Lebanon Daily News. Lebanon, Pennsylvania. January 13, 1971. p. 11.
  30. ^ "More Honors For Taylor". The Home News. New Brunswick, New Jersey. January 14, 1971. p. 31.
  31. ^ "Bruce Taylor". Boston University Athletics. Retrieved January 9, 2021.
  32. ^ "Bruce Taylor". National Football Foundation. Retrieved January 10, 2021.