KANSAS CITY, Mo. — One of the most iconic and prolific wide receivers in Kansas City Chiefs history has passed away. It was announced Otis Taylor has died, sources tell FOX4’s Harold Kuntz. Taylor was 80 years old.
Taylor’s family had been caring for him as he dealt with Parkinson’s disease and dementia, also confirmed that he had passed away. This comes a mere seven months after Hall of Famer Len Dawson, his close friend and teammate.
The following is a statement from Chiefs ‘ CEO and Chairman Clark Hunt:
“The Kansas City Chiefs organization is saddened by the passing of Otis Taylor. My family and I would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to Otis’ wife Regina, his sister Odell and the entire Taylor family as we mourn his passing. Otis was a Chief throughout his 11-year career, and he played an integral part in the early success of our franchise. He became a Kansas City icon with his signature touchdown in Super Bowl IV, as he helped the Chiefs bring home our first Lombardi Trophy. He was one of the most dynamic receivers of his era, and he helped revolutionize the position. Off-the-field, he was kind and dedicated to his community. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. Otis’ legacy will live forever as a member of the Chiefs Hall of Fame.”
– Chiefs Chairman & CEO Clark Hunt
Taylor finished his career with 7,306 yards receiving and 57 touchdowns while helping the Chiefs beat the Vikings in the 1970 Super Bowl.
He is considered by many to be one of the biggest Pro Football Hall of Fame snubs.