Earlier this week, the NFL announced two former players as the 2013 Pro Football Hall of Fame senior nominees. One of the two was former Kansas City Chiefs defensive tackle Curley Culp. Culp and former Green Bay Packers linebacker Dave Robinson will join 15 other unnamed modern era candidates.
Chiefs fans are thrilled to hear that Culp, a member of the 1970 Chiefs Super Bowl team, will get his chance of getting inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. However, Chiefs fans are disgruntled that a different player from the Chiefs Super Bowl team in 1970, once again, did not receive any consideration as a nominee.
Otis Taylor, wide receiver for the Chiefs from 1965 through 1975, is awaiting for his name to be printed as a nominee, and better yet, earn himself the prestigious honor of being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Don Maynard, Charlie Joiner and Lance Alworth, current Pro Football Hall of Fame wide receivers from the 1960s and 1970s, were some of the top receivers in the game during that period of time with each amassing over 10,000 career receiving yards.
As far as second tier receivers go from the '60s and '70s, Fred Biletnikoff and Bob Hayes both earned their Hall of Fame spots.
Biletnikoff played for the Raiders his entire career. His playing career lasted three years longer than Taylor's career. Unsurprisingly, due to his career being longer, his numbers are slightly bigger than Taylor's. Biletnikoff finished his career with 589 catches for 8,974 yards and 76 touchdowns.
Hayes, who spent a majority of his career with the Dallas Cowboys and one season with the San Francisco 49ers, came away with 371 catches, 7,414 yards and 71 touchdowns. Part of his Hall of Fame consideration also came from special teams return duties.
Taylor, who spent his entire career with the Chiefs, pulled in 410 receptions for 7,306 yards and 57 touchdowns. Taylor's stats are short of Biletnikoff, but they should be since Biletnikoff played longer. Taylor's numbers are better than Hayes when it comes to receptions, but Hayes has the upper hand in other receiving categories that add to his resume.
Although his numbers are not up to par compared to other receivers, Taylor played a big role in putting together one of the biggest upsets in Super Bowl history. Going into Super Bowl IV in 1970, the Chiefs were expected to be blown out by the Minnesota Vikings. But the Chiefs had the lead all game long, and Taylor helped seal the deal by catching a 46-yard touchdown pass from Len Dawson to give Kansas City a 16-point lead late in the third quarter.
Taylor is certainly not labeled as one the best receiver to play in the NFL nor AFL, but he certainly made his presence known and helped the Chiefs make history by surprising a lot of people in Super Bowl IV. The Pro Football Hall of Fame selection team needs to apply more thought into Taylor's nomination and give him the chance on next year's ballot.