Jim Taylor played for the Green Bay Packers under Vince Lombardi, one of the most famous and revered coaches in professional football history. He was a member of four Packers championship teams 1961, 1962, 1965, and 1966 and played an integral role in the Packers 35 10 decimation of the Kansas... show more
Jim Taylor played for the Green Bay Packers under Vince Lombardi, one of the most famous and revered coaches in professional football history. He was a member of four Packers championship teams 1961, 1962, 1965, and 1966 and played an integral role in the Packers 35 10 decimation of the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl I. Taylor set Packers records that may never be broken, and his 1962 single-season record for rushing yards (1,474) was not surpassed by a Packer until Ahman Green ran for 1,883 yards in 2003. In The Fire Within, Taylor recounts many adventures with his Packers cronies, including Bart Starr and Paul Hornung. Taylor s Packers teammates all remember him as an extremely kind and generous man, blessed with unequaled skill yet untouched by ego. But they also remember him as the fiercest competitor around, a man who thrived on contact and aggression the moment he stepped on the field. Taylor had a humble upbringing in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, during the Great Depression. His father was unemployed, and his mom was the breadwinner of the family. The family lived in a shotgun shack and were no strangers to scarcity. But one thing Jim and his brothers were never lacking was unconditional love and support from their parents, who also taught them discipline and the value of hard work. That discipline transferred into every aspect of Jim s life, especially sports. At the end of his senior year in high school he was named All-District, All-State, and First Team All-American in both basketball and football. He continued his string of successes at Louisiana State University, achieving All-American honors and setting numerous records. All the hard work paid off, and Jim Taylor was the Green Bay Packers second selection in the 1958 NFL draft.Within these pages, Taylor delves deep inside his glory years with the Packers. But he also tells about his life after the Pack his brief stint with the New Orleans Saints, the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the new wife who changed his life in so many ways, and the countless hours he has dedicated to charitable causes. Packed with stories, statistics, and never-before-seen photographs, The Fire Within is for all fans of Jim Taylor and the magical Packers dynasty of the 1960s.