Lionel Taylor is the final member of the first Ring of Fame class of 1984. An all pro receiver, he wore number 87. He attended New Mexico Highlands, which is in the same league as my alma mater: Fort Lewis College (Go Skyhawks!). He also lettered in basketball and track while in college. He played for the Broncos from their first season in 1960 until 1966. His resume is below:
He ranks No. 2 in franchise history in receiving with 543 receptions 6,872 yards, having held the franchise record in both categories until 1999 when he was eclipsed by Shannon Sharpe. He caught 92 passes during the 1960 season and followed that campaign with 100 receptions in 1961, leading the AFL in receiving for five of the league’s first six years of existence. His 100 receptions stood as a team record until 2000, when Ed McCaffrey caught 101 passes. Taylor was regarded by many as the possessor of the best hands in pro football. He never had fewer than 76 receptions in a season over those first six years, averaging 84.7 catches from 1960-65, at that time the highest six-year total in football history. Taylor was an All-AFL selection in 1960, ’61 and ’65 and played in the league all-star game in 1962.