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Hall of Fame fullback Jim Taylor, who rushed for more than 1,000 yards in five straight seasons with the Green Bay Packers, died Saturday morning at the age of 83, the team announced.

He died unexpectedly at a hospital in his hometown of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the team said.

Taylor rushed for 8,207 yards and scored 91 touchdowns in his nine seasons with the Packers from 1958 to ’66, and he was the first of the Vince Lombardi-era players to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1976.

Former #Packers fullback & Pro Football Hall of Famer Jim Taylor has passed away at age 83: https://t.co/wWW6hhmYo4 pic.twitter.com/0RzAhYHBxu

— Green Bay Packers (@packers) October 13, 2018

Taylor led the league with 1,474 rushing yards in 1962, when he was named the league’s MVP by The Associated Press. His 1,474-yard mark stood for Green Bay for 41 years, until Ahman Green broke it in 2003.

“Being voted the MVP of the league in 1962 is something that I look back and cherish,” Taylor once said. “I felt like I accomplished and achieved my goal.”

“Taylor may not be as

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