When you think of the San Francisco 49ers glory days the first wave of players that come to mind include QB Joe Montana, QB Steve Young, WR Jerry Rice, RB Roger Craig, and DB Ronnie Lott. However, one player that continues to get overlooked is the “other” wide receiver WR John Taylor. A player that would have easily been a No. 1 receiver and possible Hall of Fame player had he played on another team, “JT” was no doubt an integral part to the team’s success.
Originally drafted in the third-round (No. 76) of the 1986 NFL Draft, Taylor was not only a viable deep-threat but added versatility in the return game as both a punt and kickoff returner. However, despite being the No. 2 option, Taylor would somehow work his magic to being named to the All-Pro team, two times. Named to the 80’s All-Decade team, Taylor ended his career where it started as he played for the 49ers from 1987-1995).
In nine seasons, Taylor amassed 347 catches for 5,598 receiving yards, and 43 touchdowns.