John Taylor

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John Taylor was the highest National Football League draft pick in Delaware State University history. He became one of the National Football League’s most feared receivers and was a two-time
All-Pro selection with the San Francisco 49ers. He was a member of the 49ers 1989, 1990 and 1995 Super Bowl championship teams. He was voted punt return specialist on the NFL Silver Anniversary Super
Bowl Team by NFL fans and named by the Pro Football Hall of Fame as second team punt return specialist on the NFL’s Team of the 1990s. John caught a Joe Montana 19-yard touchdown pass to give the
49ers a 20-16 Super Bowl victory over the Cincinnati Bengals in 1989. John was named NFL Offensive Player of the Week setting a 49er receiving record with 286 yards on 11 catches against the Los
Angeles Rams. He was named 1990 United Way National Football League Man of the Year for his public service efforts. John was Delaware State’s leading pass receiver in 1983, 1984 and 1985 and the
all-time leader in touchdown (42) and receiving yards (2,426). He holds the DSU single game record for receiving yards (223) and for the longest receptions in school history (97 and 93 yards). John
has the second highest total all-purpose yards in DSU history (3,733). He was named MEAC Offensive Player of the Year in 1985 and All-MEAC first team in 1984 and 1985.



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