Congratulations are in order for San Francisco 49ers John Taylor. The franchise's heralded wide receiver learned Thursday morning that he will be a member of the Black College Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2019.
Taylor played nine seasons in the NFL, all with the 49ers. He won three Super Bowl rings and was named to the Pro Bowl twice. Originally a third-round pick (76th overall) in the 1986 NFL Draft, Taylor accumulated 347 receptions for 5,598 yards and 43 touchdowns. He famously caught the game-winning touchdown - a 10-yard touchdown reception from Joe Montana - in Super Bowl XXIII to beat the Cincinnati Bengals, 20-16. Taylor was later named to the NFL's 1980s All-Decade Team.
During Taylor's time at Delaware State University (1983-85), he racked up 42 touchdowns, including 15 as a senior. Both of those numbers are Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) records. He also holds the MEAC record for most career points (254) and received the conference's Offensive Player of the Year Award in 1985.
Taylor is already a member of the Delaware Sports Hall of Fame, and now he can add this latest honor to his long list of accolades. The Black College Football Hall of Fame honors the greatest football players and coaches from historically black colleges and universities. Joining Taylor in the Class of 2019 are Emerson Boozer, Hugh Douglas, Rich Jackson, Frank Lewis, Timmy Newsome and Arnett Mumford (coach).