KANSAS CITY, Mo. (KCTV) - Chiefs Kingdom has lost another Chiefs legend from their Super Bowl IV championship team.
Otis Taylor died at the age of 80, family sources told KCTV5.
Taylor played with the Kansas City Chiefs from 1965-1975 and still is ranked in the franchise’s top 10 for receiving yards (7,306/No. 3), receptions (410/No. 6) and touchdowns (57/No. 3).
He was named first-team All-Pro twice and to the Pro Bowl three times.
The Chiefs great was a favorite target of the late quarterback Len Dawson, who died in August.
Darren Smith, the host of “The Ship” on Sports Radio 810, described Taylor as one of the most iconic athletes of his time. In an era before superstar contracts and lucrative sponsorship deals, Taylor was engaged in his community and dedicated to creating a winning culture with the Chiefs.
“He was someone who brought integrity and professionalism,” Smith said. “He was charismatic, but also a hard worker.”
Taylor was also involved in a number of local causes, including Derek Thomas’ Third and Long Foundation. Taylor was also part of the group of athletes who helped create the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.
Bob Kendrick, the director of the museum, said Taylor was truly vested in Kansas City.
“He was that athlete who never lost touch with his roots,” Kendrick said. “KC meant a lot to OT. He tried to pay back the adulation that as an athlete he certainly earned. He tried to pay that back threefold.”
Taylor’s family released the statement below following his death:
The Kansas City Chiefs also posted the following statement: