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Billy Taylor (born July 6, 1956) is a former professional American football player who was selected by the New York Giants in the fourth round of the 1978 NFL Draft. A 6'0", 215-lb. running back from Texas Tech, Taylor played for five NFL seasons as a running back and kick returner. He spent his first three seasons as a member of the Giants, and spent his final two split between the Giants, the New York Jets, and the Los Angeles Raiders. As the starting running back for the Giants, he led the team in rushing in 1979 and 1980. His best season was in 1979, when he started all 16 games, carrying the ball 198 times for 700 yards and catching it another 28 times for 253 yards with 11 total touchdowns. The Jets picked him up after the Giants waived him in 1981, but they cut him three weeks later when they needed to add a defensive lineman to replace the injured Marty Lyons.[1] Taylor then played two seasons for the Washington Federals of the USFL, amassing 171 rushes for 757 yards and 5 touchdowns along with 64 receptions for 523 yards and 2 touchdowns in 1983. In 1984, Taylor rushed 142 times for 499 yards while also collecting 51 receptions for 387 yards and a touchdown.[2]

Billy Taylor
No. 38
Position:Running back
Personal information
Born: (1956-07-06) July 6, 1956 (age 63)
San Antonio, Texas
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
College:Texas Tech
NFL Draft:1978 / Round: 4 / Pick: 90
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Rushing yards:1644
Rushing touchdowns:11
Receiving yards:647
Receiving touchdowns:4
Player stats at

Taylor went on to become a Corporate Trainer for Hunter Douglas, and involved with charities.[3][4] Billy Taylor was a successful broadcast journalist after playing football. This included stints with TV and radio. Most notably he co-hosted with Larry Hardesty on WLIB a talk show with had good success as the only minority talk show in New York City Area.


  1. ^ Wire Reports. "Jets Drop Taylor". St. Petersburg Times. 28 Oct 1981
  2. ^ "Washington Federals". Retrieved 2019-05-29.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-16. Retrieved 2009-05-09.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "New York NFL Alumni Hero Youth Football Camps". Pro Sports Experience. Retrieved 2019-05-29.