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The Hall of Famer passed away this weekend at the age of 83.

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Younger Green Bay Packers fans probably know Jim Taylor’s name, but as a member of the Vince Lombardi-era Packers, Taylor’s playing days are largely a distant memory. This weekend, Taylor passed away at the age of 83, and we at APC would like to take some time to remember his contributions to the Packers and his life as a whole before we fully shift our focus to tonight’s game against the San Francisco 49ers.

Taylor was a Packer before Lombardi arrived in Green Bay, but the Louisiana native quickly impressed his new head coach with his physical running style. Taylor had a string of five straight Pro Bowl seasons, including the 1962 campaign when he was named first-team All-Pro and league MVP. That year, he led the NFL with 1,474 rushing yards — a team single-season record that lasted for over 40 years — and 19 touchdowns.

Of course, Taylor was a member of most of Lombardi’s championship teams, winning four NFL titles and one Super Bowl. Following that Super Bowl I victory, Taylor left for his home state to play one season with the expansion New Orleans Saints before his retirement.

Here’s more on Taylor from the Packers’ website as we remember this great Packer.

Former Packers FB Jim Taylor dies at 83 |
Taylor’s team rushing records stood for decades, and his toughness will be an indelible part of his game for anyone who watched him play. Rest in peace, Jim, and our thoughts go out to the Taylor family.

Mike Pettine’s defense balancing patience with urgency |
Tom Silverstein says that you never know what you’ll get from the Packers’ defense so far this year, and that’s true. Pettine is unpredictable in his playcalls and the performance is unpredictable, often week-to-week and even quarter-to-quarter.

Packers excited about ‘impressive’ new CB Bashaud Breeland | Packers Wire
Here's hoping Breeland can actually suit up tonight -- he is listed as questionable with a hamstring injury, but it appears the foot injury that prevented him from signing a big contract in the spring is well behind him.

Kevin Harlan, Olivia Harlan Dekker to make broadcasting history | USA Today
This is a cool nugget - the son and granddaughter of former Packers president Bob Harlan are teaming up to do play-by-play and sideline reporting on the radio for tonight's Packers-49ers game.

How Patriots beat Chiefs in the wildest shootout of 2018 NFL season -
If you were fortunate enough not to live in the Eastern time zone or just gutted it out to stay up for all of last night’s game, you saw a fantastic finish and the NFL’s first 43-40 game in history.

Boeing 737 flies into brick wall — and just keeps going | National Post
The Air India jet not only clobbered the top of a five-foot perimeter wall but also destroyed a small landing guide tower. And still, the pilot continued the flight unconcerned.