Michael Taylor (born September 21, 1949) is a former American football linebacker. He played college football at the University of Michigan from 1969 to 1971 and was a consensus All-American in 1971. He played two seasons in the National Football League (NFL) for the New York Jets in 1972 and 1973. He also played for the Detroit Wheels in the World Football League in 1974.
Taylor was born in Detroit, Michigan, in 1949. He attended Martin Luther King High School in Detroit.
University of Michigan
Taylor enrolled at the University of Michigan in 1968 and played college football for head coach Bo Schembechler's Michigan Wolverines football teams from 1969 to 1971. He made 117 tackles and 63 assists in three years at Michigan, including 64 tackles and 33 assists in 1971. He was a consensus first-team linebacker on the 1971 College Football All-America Team. In 2005, Taylor was selected as one of the 100 greatest Michigan football players of all time by the "Motown Sports Revival," ranking 89th on the all-time team.
Taylor was selected by the New York Jets in the 1st round (20th overall pick) of the 1972 NFL Draft. During the 1972 New York Jets season, Taylor appeared as a linebacker in 14 games, five as a starter, and had one interception. In 1973, Taylor appeared in eight games, three as a starter, for the Jets. In May 1974, Taylor signed a multi-year contract with the Detroit Wheels of the World Football League. The Wheels' head coach, Dan Boisture, said Taylor would be "the focal point of our defense."