Roosevelt “Rosey” Taylor was born in New Orleans. He attended Joseph S. Clark, Sr. High School where he played football and then went to football powerhouse Grambling. Taylor played for the great Eddie Robinson at Grambling then George Halas with the Bears. Taylor played defensive back with the Bears starting in 1961 until he was traded to San Francisco in the 1969 season.

After 3 seasons in San Francisco, he played for the Washington Redskins in 1972, his final season. He played for the Bears during their 1963 Championship season and he was the free safety for the Redskins when they lost to the Dolphins in Super Bowl VII for the 1972 season.  In 1963, Taylor was a leading defensive star of the Bears and led the NFL with 9 interceptions. Taylor retired with 32 interceptions for his career, 23 while a Bear. He was an All Pro in 1963 and invited to 2 Pro Bowls. In his early career, he also returned punts and kicks. Taylor was named to the Top Bears of All Time list.

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