When Green Bay Packer great Jim Taylor died last month, I posted my story about meeting him when I was 5 years old and getting my first autograph. I included a photo of the single piece of paper that Jim and several other players signed. However, Jim also signed a single sheet for me. As I looked at it last month, I kept thinking, I should do something with it other than keeping it the box where it has been for 55-years. So, I purchased a great action photo of Taylor and had it and the autograph that I got from him in 1964 professionally double-matted and framed. And now it can be yours.
Wednesday morning we’ll be auctioning it off to benefit Children’s Hospital of the Fox Valley. Plan to make your bids at the Rick and Len Show Facebook page or by calling the Rock Line at 920-ROCK (7625) after 6am.
For those too young to remember Jim Taylor, in his 7 seasons as a Packer (1957-1966) he was chosen for five straight Pro Bowls and won four NFL championships, as well as a victory in the first Super Bowl. He was the first player to record five straight seasons of at least 1,000 rushing yards (in 12 game seasons). His 81 rushing touchdowns for the Packers remains a franchise record by a wide margin, and his 8,207 rushing yards with the team has been surpassed only once. Taylor was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1976. The Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee named Taylor to its NFL 1960s All-Decade Team, which comprised the best players of the 1960s at each position.