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On This Day in Broncos History: December 18

Lionel Taylor - A Broncos Great

Justin Edmonds

December 18, 1966 - This date saw Lionel Taylor play his last game in a Denver Broncos uniform. The game was played in Buffalo against the Bills. Taylor caught 4 passes for 61 yards. He had come to the Broncos in 1960, after playing 8 games as a linebacker for the NFL's Chicago Bears. It was once said that Taylor was responsible for pushing the Broncos' coaching staff to hold organized practices as opposed to having the players play what amounted to extended touch football games for their practice time. Taylor was the first professional football wide receiver to ever have a 100-catch season (in 1961, in just 14 games, no less). He repeated that feat 3 more times as a Bronco. He is 3rd in all-time receptions and receiving yards for the franchise.