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 6 TDs, including 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.
By Dean Hanley
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