Roosevelt Taylor

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Roosevelt Taylor
No. 24, 25, 22
Born: (1937-07-04) July 4, 1937 (age 82)
New Orleans, Louisiana
Career information
Career history
As player
1961–1969Chicago Bears
1969–1971San Francisco 49ers
1972Washington Redskins
Career highlights and awards
Career stats

Roosevelt "Rosey" Taylor (born July 4, 1937 in New Orleans, Louisiana) is a former American football safety who played for the Chicago Bears, San Francisco 49ers, and Washington Redskins of the National Football League. He played college football at Grambling State University.

Taylor was a key defensive player on the 1963 Bears NFL championship team. He led the Bears in interceptions with 9 and in kick returns. The Bears defense was coached by future Hall of Famer George Allen.

In 2010, Roosevelt Taylor was inducted as a member of the Grambling State University Hall of Fame. Part of Grambling’s initial SWAC championship defense in 1960 – the group included four future All-Pros – Taylor went on to lead the NFL with nine interceptions in 1963, on the way to 32 career picks. In 1968, he scored a 96-yard interception return. Twice selected to the Pro Bowl, Taylor never missed a game in nearly nine seasons with the Chicago Bears and later appeared in Super Bowl VII with the Washington Redskins. He is a member of the Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame, and was named among the 50 Best Bears earlier this year by the Chicago Sun-Times. He was an all-city football player at Joseph S. Clark Sr. High School in New Orleans, Louisiana.