Today, Major League Baseball will honor the great Jackie Robinson with the annual Jackie Robinson Day in his honor. Players across the league will temporarily ditch their traditional numbers and instead all wear No. 42 for the day.
On April 15, 1947, Robinson made baseball history as the future Hall of Famer became the first African American to appear in a MLB game.
The Redskins had their own No. 42 who made history in his own regard: 1984 Hall of Fame inductee Charley Taylor.
Taylor was originally drafted as a running back with the third overall pick in the 1964 NFL Draft. In his first season, the Arizona State prospect led the team in rushing with 755 yards and five touchdowns.
However, Taylor’s rushing output was overshadowed by his threat in the Burgundy and Gold’s aerial attack, as No. 42 had 814 yards and an additional five touchdowns.
After once again gaining more receiving than rushing yards in his sophomore campaign, Taylor moved over to wide receiver before his third season; instantly reinvigorating the Redskins offense.
In his first season lined up on the outside, Taylor cracked 1,000 receiving yards and posted a career-high 12 touchdowns.
Taylor finished his 13-year career in the DMV with 9,110 receiving yards and 79 touchdowns along with an additional 1,488 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns.
He currently ranks second in franchise history in both receiving yards and receptions. His 79 touchdowns, however, is the most in the 80 years of the franchise’s existence.
While no player on the 2013 roster currently wears No. 42, could the prestigious number soon be on the back on cornerback Richard Crawford?
Speaking of Crawford (@Rich_Crawford6) and No. 42, the SMU product saw the new movie about Robinson and let the Twitter world know what he thought.
Hail to the Redskins and please join us in remembering the careers of both No.42’s.
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