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Otis Taylor The Need to Winby Otis Taylor, Mark Stallard (With)
"I wasn't a football player for the fame or the Super Bowls; I was a football player for my own heart." Otis Taylor. He was one of pro football's first modern receivers, possessing an overpowering combination of size, strength and speed. Otis Taylor moved on the field with gazelle-like ease; his soft hands and intimidating presence were a big part of the Kansas City Chiefs for 11 seasons and a major part of their win over the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl IV. Starting from the projects of Houston, Taylor first starred for Prairie View A&M's Panthers before bursting onto the American Football League scene with the Chiefs in 1965. By the early 1970s, he was widely considered one of the game's finest receivers. The Need to Win is Taylor's story -- an insider's look at the AFL and NFL player wars, the Super Bowl, racism in sports and America, how the game has changed and his place in football history.
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If you want to know what drove pro football players to play before the big money changed the game, I would highly recommend this book. The Chiefs at that time had a lot of very proud players that played in two of the first four Superbowls. They were a family of both African-Americans and 'good ol' boys' that loved each other and fought for each other, even in the turbulent sixties (a team of Texans that had a Black team captain as far back as 1962). It's a must read from this football perfectionist who may have been one of the best receivers in the history of the game.