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Encyclopedia > Lawrence Taylor
Lawrence Taylor
Date of birth February 4, 1959 (1959-02-04) (age 48)
Place of birth Flag of United States Williamsburg, Virginia
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight 242 lb (110 kg)
Position(s) Linebacker
College North Carolina
NFL Draft 1981 / Round 1/ Pick 2
Career highlights
Pro Bowls 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986,
1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991
Awards 1981 AP NFL Defensive R.O.Y.
1981 AP NFL Defensive P.O.Y.
1982 AP NFL Defensive P.O.Y.
1983 UPI NFC P.O.Y.
1986 UPI NFC P.O.Y.
1986 Bert Bell Award
1986 NFL PFWA MVP
1986 AP NFL Defensive P.O.Y.
1986 NEA NFL Defensive MVP
1986 AP NFL MVP
Honors NFL 75th Anniversary
All-Time Team
NFL 1980s All-Decade Team
Retired #s New York Giants#56
Records Most NFL Defensive
Player of the Year Awards
(3)
Tied for New York Giants
Career Sacks record (132.5)
with Michael Strahan (Taylor
unofficially has 142 sacks:
sacks were not a recognized
statistic his rookie year when
he had 9.5)
Stats
Statistics
Team(s)
1981-1993 New York Giants
Pro Football Hall of Fame, 1999

Lawrence Julius Taylor (born February 4, 1959, in Williamsburg, Virginia), commonly referred to as LT, is a retired Hall of Fame American football player. Taylor played his entire professional career as a linebacker for the New York Giants in the National Football League (NFL). He is often considered to be one of the greatest defensive players in the history of football, and has been called the greatest defensive player of all time by media members, former players, and coaches. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 453 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (481 × 636 pixel, file size: 26 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Photo cropped and contrasted by User:Quadzilla99 File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old... is the 35th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1959 (MCMLIX) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... 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After an All-American career at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC), Taylor was drafted by the Giants with the second overall selection in the 1981 NFL Draft. Although controversy surrounded the selection due to Taylor's contract demands, the two sides quickly resolved their issues and Taylor won several defensive awards after his rookie season. Throughout the 1980s and early 1990s, Taylor was a disruptive force at outside linebacker, and is widely considered to have changed the pass rushing schemes, offensive line play, and offensive formations used in the NFL. Taylor produced double-digit sacks seasons consecutively from 1984 through 1990, including a career high of 20.5 in 1986. He also won a record three Defensive Player of the Year awards and was named the league's Most Valuable Player (MVP) for his performance in the 1986 season. He was named first-team All-Pro in each of his first nine seasons and was a key member of the Giants' defense, nicknamed "The Big Blue Wrecking Crew", that led New York to Super Bowl XXI and XXV victories. During that time Taylor and fellow linebackers Carl Banks and Hall of Famer Harry Carson gave the Giants linebacking corps a reputation as one of the best in the NFL. An All-America team is a sports team composed of star players. ... The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is a public, coeducational, research university located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States. ... Results of the 1981 National Football League Draft. ... The defensive team or defense in American football or Canadian football, is the team that begins a play from scrimmage not in possession of the ball. ... A play in American football is a set of player and ball movements to either advance the ball (for offensive plays) or prevent the advancement of the ball (for defensive plays). ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with American football. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... In American football and Canadian football, a quarterback sack occurs when the quarterback is tackled behind the line of scrimmage before he can throw a forward pass. ... The NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award is given by the Associated Press to the leagues most outstanding defensive player at the end of every NFL season since 1971. ... The NFL Most Valuable Player Award is given by various entities, most notably the Associated Press, to the player who has contributed the most to the success of the players team. ... Date January 25, 1987 Stadium Rose Bowl Stadium City Pasadena, California MVP Phil Simms, Quarterback Favorite Giants by 9 1/2 National Anthem Neil Diamond Coin toss Willie Davis Halftime show Salute to Hollywoods 100th Anniversary with Southern California high school drill teams and dancers Attendance 101,063 U... Date January 27, 1991 Stadium Tampa Stadium City Tampa, Florida MVP Ottis Anderson, Running back Favorite Bills by 6 National anthem Whitney Houston Coin toss Pete Rozelle Referee Jerry Seeman Halftime show New Kids on the Block Attendance 73,813 TV in the United States Network ABC Announcers Al Michaels... Carl Banks (Born August 29, 1962) was a former National Football League linebacker who played for three teams from 1984 to 1995, the New York Giants, the Washington Redskins and the Cleveland Browns. ... Harry Carson (born November 26, 1953) is a former American football inside linebacker who played his entire career for the New York Giants in the NFL(1976-1988). ...


During his career as a player and after his retirement, Taylor often lived a controversial lifestyle. He admitted to using addictive drugs such as cocaine as early as his second year in the NFL, and was suspended several times by the league after failing drug tests. His drug abuse escalated after his retirement, and he was jailed three times for attempted drug possession. However, in recent years Taylor has cleaned up his lifestyle and lived a sober, drug-free life since 1998. He worked as a color commentator on sporting events for several years after his retirement and is currently pursuing a career as an actor. Cocaine is a crystalline tropane alkaloid that is obtained from the leaves of the coca plant. ... A color commentator (colour commentator in Canada and Britain), sometimes known as a color analyst, is a member of the broadcasting team for a sporting event who assists the play-by-play announcer by filling in any time when play is not in progress. ...

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Early life

Lawrence Taylor was the middle of three sons born to Clarence and Iris Taylor in Williamsburg, Virginia. His father worked as a dispatcher at the Norfolk News shipyards, while his mother was a schoolteacher.[1] Referred to as Lonnie by his family,[2] Taylor was a mischievous youth. His mother recalls, "[h]e was a challenging child. Where the other two boys would ask for permission to do stuff, Lonnie...would just do it, and when you found out about it, he would give you a big story."[2] Taylor concentrated on baseball as a youth, in which he played the position of catcher,[3] and only began playing football at the relatively advanced age of fifteen.[1] He did not play organized high school football until the following year (eleventh grade),[4] and was not heavily recruited coming of high school.[5] Location in the Commonwealth of Virginia. ... A dispatcher can mean different things (with related meanings). ... The Norfolk News was a regional newspaper published in Norwich, England. ... Small shipyard in Klaksvík (Faroe Islands), reparing fishing vessels Dockyards and shipyards are places which repair and build ships. ... The position of the catcher Catcher is also a general term for a fielder who catches the ball in cricket. ... In the United States, the eleventh grade (or Grade 11 in some places) is the eleventh school year after kindergarten. ... In college athletics, recruiting is the term used for the process whereby college coaches add new players to their roster of student-athletes each off-season. ...


After graduating from Lafayette High School in 1977,[6] Taylor attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he was a team captain,[7] and wore #98. Originally recruited as a defensive lineman, Taylor switched to linebacker before the 1979 season.[8] He had 16 sacks in his final year there (1980),[9] and set numerous defensive records. His awards included All-America and Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year honors in 1980.[1] While there the coaching staff marveled at his intense, reckless style of play. "As a freshman playing on special teams, he'd jump a good six or seven feet in the air to block a punt, then land on the back of his neck," said North Carolina assistant coach Bobby Cale. "He was reckless, just reckless."[9] UNC later retired Taylor's jersey and after his career at UNC ended it became common for subsequent players to frequently be measured against Taylor. When Julius Peppers, a fellow alumnus and current member of the NFL's Carolina Panthers, attended UNC he was frequently compared to Taylor. Peppers commented at the time, that while he appreciated the comparisons to Taylor, he was anxious to leave the university and get out of Taylor's shadow.[10] Lafayette High School is a public secondary school in James City County, Virginia, just outside the city limits of Williamsburg, Virginia. ... A defensive lineman is any of the down positions on the defensive side of American football. ... An All-America team is a sports team composed of star players. ... The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) is one of the oldest collegiate athletic leagues in the United States. ... Julius Frazier Peppers (born January 18, 1980 in Wilson, North Carolina) is a professional American football player. ... City Charlotte, North Carolina Other nicknames The Cardiac Cats Team colors Black, Panther Blue, and Silver Head Coach John Fox Owner Jerry Richardson General manager Marty Hurney Mascot Sir Purr League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1995–present) National Football Conference (1995-present) NFC West (1995-2001) NFC South (2002...


NFL Career

1981 NFL Draft and training camp

In 1981, Taylor was drafted by the NFL's New York Giants as the # 2 pick overall. In a poll of NFL General Managers (GMs) taken before the draft 26 out of the 28 GMs stated that if they had the first selection they would select Taylor.[11] One of the only two GMs who stated that they would not take Taylor was the GM of the New Orleans Saints, who had the first pick in the draft.[11] Giants General Manager George Young was one of the many who saw Taylor's potential and even predicted before the draft that he would be better than NFL legends such as Dick Butkus: "Taylor is the best college linebacker I've ever seen. Sure, I saw Dick Butkus play. There's no doubt in my mind about Taylor. He's bigger and stronger than Butkus was. On the blitz, he's devastating."[11] Shortly before the draft controversy arose however, as Taylor and his agent Mike Trope expressed a desire to sign a contract for a then unheard of rookie salary of $250,000 U.S. dollars per season.[12] Several players on the Giants even threatened to walkout if Taylor was paid that salary, as they refused to play for less than an unproven rookie.[12] On draft day the Saints selected George Rogers, which left the Giants with decision of whether to select Taylor. Despite the controversy, and to the raucous approval of the crowd in attendance at the draft (which was held in New York), the Giants selected Taylor.[13] Taylor took to New York immediately, and expressed his excitement about the opportunity to play in the city.[14] Shortly after the draft several of the Giants backed down from their stance, as Taylor stated that he had "talked to some players and coaches" and "got things straightened out."[13] Despite the contract controversy, one of the factors that the Giants stated they considered in selecting Taylor was his solid reputation coming out of college. "He was the cleanest player in the draft. By that I mean there was no rap on him,"[15] head coach Ray Perkins said after he was drafted. "Great potential as a linebacker, a fine young man, free of injuries."[15] The NFL Draft (officially the NFL Annual Player Selection Meeting[1]) is an annual sports draft in which National Football League (NFL) teams take turns selecting amateur college American football players and other first-time eligible players. ... The term general manager is a descriptive term for certain executives in a business operation. ... This May 2007 does not cite any references or sources. ... George Young (September 22, 1930 - December 8, 2001) was an american football executive. ... Dick Buttkiss (born December 9, 1942 in Chicago, Illinois) is a former American football player and actor. ... In American football, a blitz is a defensive maneuver in which one or more linebackers or defensive backs, who normally remain behind the line of scrimmage during a play, are instead sent across the line to the opponents side in order to try to tackle the quarterback. ... ISO 4217 Code USD User(s) the United States, the British Indian Ocean Territory,[1] the British Virgin Islands, East Timor, Ecuador, El Salvador, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Palau, Panama, Turks and Caicos Islands, and the insular areas of the United States Inflation 2. ... Image:Http://www. ... George Rogers (1906-1983) George Rogers (born December 8, 1958, Duluth, Georgia) was an American Football player who achieved distinction in both the college and professional ranks, where he played running back. ... Ray Perkins (born Starkville, Mississippi circa 1943 ) was an American football player and coach. ...


Taylor's talent was evident was from the start of training camp.[9][16] Reports flowed out of the Giants training compound of the exploits of the new phenom before he ever stepped onto the field for an actual game.[9][16] Taylor's teammates took to calling him Superman and jokingly suggested that his locker should be replaced with a phone booth.[9] Phil Simms, the team's quarterback, stated the week before the Giants pre-season opener, "[o]n the pass rush, he's an animal. He's either going to run around you or over you. With his quickness, he's full speed after two steps."[14] Simms later commented that he was looking forward to the season starting because, "[o]nce the season starts at least I won't have to play against him any more."[15] Taylor made his NFL exhibition debut on August 8, 1981, recording 2 sacks in the Giants 23–7 win over the Chicago Bears.[17] In a later exhibition game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Steelers' Quarterback Terry Bradshaw played his only career game against Taylor. Many years later Bradshaw recalled, "[h]e dang-near killed me, I just kept saying, 'Who is this guy?' He kept coming from my blind side and just ripped my ribs to pieces."[18] Before the season had even started word began to spread around the league about Taylor and his intense, hard-hitting style of play.[15][19] Superman is a fictional character and comic book superhero , originally created by American writer Jerry Siegel and Canadian artist Joe Shuster and published by DC Comics. ... Phillip Martin Simms (born November 3, 1955, in Lebanon, Kentucky) is a former quarterback for the New York Giants of the National Football League and currently a television sportscaster for the CBS network. ... Navy quarterback Aaron Polanco sets up to throw. ... A play in American football is a set of player and ball movements to either advance the ball (for offensive plays) or prevent the advancement of the ball (for defensive plays). ... is the 220th day of the year (221st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ... City Chicago, Illinois Other nicknames Da Bears, The Monsters of the Midway Team colors Navy Blue, Orange and White Head Coach Lovie Smith Owner Virginia Halas McCaskey Chairman Michael McCaskey General manager Jerry Angelo Fight song Bear Down, Chicago Bears Mascot Staley Da Bear League/Conference affiliations Independent (1919) National... City Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Team colors Black and Gold Head Coach Mike Tomlin Owner Dan Rooney General manager Kevin Colbert League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1933–present) Eastern Division (1933–1943; 1945–1949) Western Division (1944) American Conference (1950–1952) Eastern Conference (1953–1969) Century Division (1967–1969) American Football... Navy quarterback Aaron Polanco sets up to throw. ... Terry Paxton Bradshaw (born September 2, 1948), is a former American football quarterback with the Pittsburgh Steelers in the National Football League (NFL). ...


Early career: 1981-1985

Taylor's NFL regular season debut occurred on September 6, 1981 in a 24–10 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. The game was relatively non-noteworthy for Taylor except for his picking up a penalty for a late hit on Eagles running back Perry Harrington.[15] Taylor went on to finish his rookie season with 9.5 sacks,[20] and is often considered to have had one of the greatest rookie seasons in NFL history.[21][22] Taylor was named 1981's NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year and NFL Defensive Player of the Year by the Associated Press, becoming to date the only rookie to ever win the Defensive Player of the Year award.[23] Taylor's impact contributed to the Giants defense going from allowing 425 points in 1980 to 257 in 1981.[21] The Giants finished the season 9–7, up 5 games from the previous season's 4–12 record, and advanced to the NFL divisional playoffs, where they lost 38–24 to the eventual Super Bowl champion San Francisco 49ers.[24] The 49ers' win was due in part to a special tactic 49ers coach Bill Walsh used to slow Taylor. Walsh assigned guard John Ayers, the team's best blocker, to block Taylor and although Taylor still recorded a sack and three tackles he was not as effective as normal.[25] September 6 is the 249th day of the year (250th in leap years). ... Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... Since 1967 The Associated Press has given two annual Rookie of the Year Awards to NFL American football players: one for an offensive player and one for a defensive player. ... The NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award is given by the Associated Press to the leagues most outstanding defensive player at the end of every NFL season since 1971. ... The Associated Press, or AP, is an American news agency, the worlds largest such organization. ... The winning Super Bowl team receives the Vince Lombardi Trophy. ... City San Francisco, California Other nicknames Niners, The Red And Gold, Bay Bombers Team colors Cardinal red, metallic gold and black Head Coach Mike Nolan Owner Denise DeBartolo York and John York General manager Lal Heneghan Mascot Sourdough Sam League/Conference affiliations All-America Football Conference (1946-1949) Western Division... William Ernest Walsh (born November 30, 1931) is a former American football head coach of the San Francisco 49ers and Stanford University. ... The offensive team or offense in American football or Canadian football, is the team that begins a play from scrimmage in possession of the ball. ... John Ayers (born April 14, 1953 – October 2, 1995 in Carrizo Springs, Texas) was a National Football League offensive lineman from 1977 through 1987. ...


Taylor's second year was cut short by the 1982 NFL strike and the Giants struggled to a 4–5 finish in the abbreviated season.[26] The season included one of the more memorable plays of Taylor's career however. In the nationally televised Thanksgiving day game against the Detroit Lions the teams were tied 6–6 early in the fourth quarter, when the Lions drove deep into New York territory. Lions quarterback Gary Danielson dropped back to pass and threw the ball out to his left toward the sidelines.[27] Taylor ran in front of the intended receiver and intercepted the ball. In what would become one of the best-known plays of Taylor's career, he ran 97 yards down the sideline for the go-ahead score that proved to be the difference as the Giants won 13–6.[28] After the season Taylor was again awarded the NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award.[29] The National Football League Players Association, or NFLPA, is the labor union of players in footballs National Football League. ... City Detroit, Michigan Team colors Honolulu Blue, Silver, and Black Head Coach Rod Marinelli Owner William Clay Ford, Sr. ... Gary Danielson is a retired American football quarterback of Armenian decent[1]. He played for the Detroit Lions from 1976 to 1984 and for the Cleveland Browns in 1985, 1987 and 1988. ...


Shortly after the 1982 season Perkins resigned as head coach to take over the same position at the University of Alabama and Bill Parcells was hired from within to replace him. Parcells had been the team's defensive coordinator, and in the coming years this change would prove crucial to the Giants and Taylor. Leading up to the 1983 season, Taylor engaged in a training camp holdout that lasted three weeks and ended with Taylor coming back to the team under his old contract with three games remaining in the preseason.[30] The University of Alabama (also known as Alabama, UA or colloquially as Bama) is a public coeducational university located in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA. Founded in 1831, UA is the flagship campus of the University of Alabama System. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The 1983 NFL season was the 64th regular season of the National Football League. ...


Although Taylor recorded 9 sacks and made the All-Pro team for the third consecutive season in 1983,[20] the Giants struggled. The team finished 3–12–1,[31] and Parcells received heavy criticism during the season from the fans and media. Following the season, Taylor was involved in a fight for his services between the New Jersey Generals of the USFL and the Giants.[32] Taylor had been given a $1 million dollar interest-free, 25 year loan by the General's owner Donald Trump on December 14, 1983, with the provision that he would begin playing in the USFL in 1988.[32] Taylor quickly regretted the decision and less than a month later attempted to get out of the agreement. The Giants, who were eager to keep Taylor, took part in attempting to free Taylor from it. The results of this tussle included many considerations but the ultimate result was threefold: 1) Taylor had to return the $1 million dollars to Trump, 2) the Giants were required to pay Trump $750,000 dollars over the next five seasons in order for Trump to release Taylor's rights, and 3) Taylor was given a new 6-year $6.2-million-dollar contract by the Giants.[32][33] The New Jersey Generals were a franchise of the United States Football League (USFL), established in 1982 to begin play in the spring and summer of 1983. ... The United States Football League was a professional American football league that played three seasons between 1983 and 1985, in the process presenting the rival National Football League with its greatest competitor since the 1960s version of the American Football League. ... Donald John Trump (born June 14, 1946) is an American business executive, entrepreneur, television personality and author. ... is the 348th day of the year (349th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar). ...


The Giants record rebounded to 9–7 in 1984,[34] and Taylor had another All-Pro season.[20] Taylor got off to an exceptional start to the season including four sacks in a September game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and 8 total sacks in the Giants first four games.[35] Due to this start opposing teams double and triple teamed him even more than usual throughout the remainder of the season and Taylor finished with 11.5 sacks.[29] In the playoffs the Giants defeated the Los Angeles Rams 16–13, but ultimately lost 21–10 to the eventual champion 49ers.[36] City Tampa Bay, Florida Other nicknames The Bucs, Pewter Pirates Team colors Buccaneer Red, Pewter, Black, and Orange Head Coach Jon Gruden Owner Malcolm Glazer General manager Bruce Allen Mascot Captain Fear League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1976–present) American Football Conference (1976) AFC West (1976) National Football Conference...


In contrast to the previous season the Giants headed into the 1985 season with a sense of optimism after their successful 1984 campaign and a 5–0 pre-season record in 1985.[37] The Giants finished the season with a 10–6 record, and Taylor spearheaded a defense that led the NFL in sacks with 68.[38] Taylor himself had 13 sacks and the Giants defeated the defending champion 49ers 17–3 in the playoffs.[39] The Giants lost to the eventual champion Chicago Bears in the second round 21–0.[39] One of the more memorable plays of Taylor's career occurred in 1985. On a Monday Night Football game against the Redskins Taylor's sack of Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann inadvertently resulted in a compound fracture of Theismann's right leg. Immediately after the sack, a distraught Taylor frantically screamed for paramedics to attend to Theismann. Although this sack by Taylor ended Theismann's career, Theismann has never blamed Taylor for the injury. Taylor claims he has never seen the video clip of the play and says he never wants to.[40] The 1985 NFL season was the 66th regular season of the National Football League. ... City Chicago, Illinois Other nicknames Da Bears, The Monsters of the Midway Team colors Navy Blue, Orange and White Head Coach Lovie Smith Owner Virginia Halas McCaskey Chairman Michael McCaskey General manager Jerry Angelo Fight song Bear Down, Chicago Bears Mascot Staley Da Bear League/Conference affiliations Independent (1919) National... Monday Night Football (MNF) is a live television broadcast of the National Football League. ... Joseph Robert Theismann (born September 9, 1949 in New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA), is a former American football quarterback. ... Typical view of the defibrillator operator. ...


Mid-career and championships: 1986-90

In 1986 Taylor had one of the most successful seasons by a defensive player in the history of the NFL. Taylor recorded a league-leading 20.5 sacks and became one of just three defensive players to win the NFL Most Valuable Player award and the only defensive player to ever win the award unanimously.[41][42] In addition, Taylor won the Defensive Player of the Year Award. The Giants finished the season 14-2 and dominated their opposition in the NFC playoffs, beating San Francisco and Washington by a combined score of 66–3.[43] Taylor appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated alone the week leading up to Super Bowl XXI with a warning from the magazine to the Denver Broncos regarding Taylor.[44] In Super Bowl XXI, after overcoming a slow start, the Giants cruised past the Denver Broncos 39–20.[43] Taylor made a key stop on a goal line play in the first half, tackling John Elway as he sprinted out on a rollout, a play which prevented a touchdown. The NFL Most Valuable Player Award is given by various entities, most notably the Associated Press, to the player who has contributed the most to the success of the players team. ... The 1986 New York Giants season was one of the most successful seasons in the professional American football franchises history. ... City San Francisco, California Other nicknames Niners, The Red And Gold, Bay Bombers Team colors Cardinal red, metallic gold and black Head Coach Mike Nolan Owner Denise DeBartolo York and John York General manager Lal Heneghan Mascot Sourdough Sam League/Conference affiliations All-America Football Conference (1946-1949) Western Division... This article needs additional references or sources to facilitate its verification. ... The first issue of Sports Illustrated, August 16, 1954, showing Milwaukee Braves star Eddie Mathews at bat in Milwaukee County Stadium. ... Date January 25, 1987 Stadium Rose Bowl Stadium City Pasadena, California MVP Phil Simms, Quarterback Favorite Giants by 9 1/2 National Anthem Neil Diamond Coin toss Willie Davis Halftime show Salute to Hollywoods 100th Anniversary with Southern California high school drill teams and dancers Attendance 101,063 U... City Denver, Colorado Other nicknames Orange Crush (1977-1979 defense) Team colors Orange, Broncos Navy Blue, and White[1] Head Coach Mike Shanahan Owner Pat Bowlen General manager Ted Sundquist Mascot Miles League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960-1969) Western Division (1960-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American...


With the Super Bowl win, Taylor had just capped off an unprecedented start to his career. Six years into his career Taylor had won the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year Award (1981), the NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award a record three times (1981, 1982, 1986), been named to the AP All-Pro first team six times (1981–86),[20] became the first defensive player in NFL history to be unanimously voted the league's MVP (1986), and led his team to a championship (1986). Since 1967 The Associated Press has given two annual Rookie of the Year Awards to NFL American football players: one for an offensive player and one for a defensive player. ... The NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award is given by the Associated Press to the leagues most outstanding defensive player at the end of every NFL season since 1971. ...


The Giants appeared to have a bright future coming off their 1986 championship season as they were one of the younger teams in the league. They stumbled mightily the next season however, and fell to a record of 6–9 in the strike-shortened 1987 season.[45] Taylor continued to produce at his usual all-pro level after missing the first 4 four games due to the strike and he finished the season as the team leader in sacks with 12 in 12 games played.[45] The 1987 NFL season was the 68th regular season of the National Football League. ...


The Giants looked to rebound to their championship ways in 1988 but the start of the season was marred by controversy surrounding Taylor. Taylor tested positive for cocaine and was suspended by the league for thirty days, as it was his second violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy. The first result had been kept private and was not known to the public at the time. He was kept away from the press during this period and checked himself into rehab in early September.[46] Taylor's over-the-edge lifestyle was becoming an increasing concern for fans and team officials. This was especially true given the eventual career paths of talented players like Hollywood Henderson and others whose drug problems derailed their careers. Despite this distraction the Giants would tread water until Taylor was able to play, going 2–2 in the games Taylor missed. When Taylor returned he was his usual dominant self as he led the team in sacks again, with 15.5 in the 12 games he played in.[47] The season also contained some the more memorable moments of Taylor's career. In a crucial late-season game with playoff implications against the New Orleans Saints, Taylor played through a torn pectoral muscle to record seven tackles, three sacks, and two forced fumbles.[20][48] Taylor's presence in the lineup was especially important as during the game the Giants' offense had trouble mounting many drives and was dominated in time of possession.[49] Several times throughout the game television cameras cut to the sidelines to show Taylor in extreme physical pain as he was being attended to by the Giants staff. Taylor's shoulder was so severely injured that he had to wear a harness to keep it in its place.[20] The Giants held on for a 13–12 win, and Parcells later called Taylor's performance "[t]he greatest game I ever saw."[50] However, due to the tie-breaker system, the Giants missed the playoffs in 1988 despite a 10–6 record.[47] Thomas Hollywood Henderson (born March 3, 1953 in Austin, Texas) was an All-Pro outside linebacker for the Dallas Cowboys football team (1975-79). ... This May 2007 does not cite any references or sources. ... The National Football League (NFL) playoffs is a single-elimination tournament held at the end of the 16-game regular season to determine the NFL champion. ...


In 1989, Taylor recorded 15 sacks.[29] He was forced to play the latter portion of the season with a fractured tibia, which he suffered in a 34–24 loss to the 49ers in week 12.[51] Despite the off-the-field problems that Taylor experienced, he remained popular among his teammates and was voted defensive co-captain along with Carl Banks in 1989.[52] The two combined to fill the vacated defensive captain's spot left by the retired Harry Carson.[52] With the retirement of the nine-time Pro Bowler Carson, the Giants linebacker core of Carson, Banks, and Taylor—which spearheaded the team's defense nicknamed the "Big Blue Wrecking Crew" in the 1980s—was broken up. The Giants went 12–4,[53] and advanced to the playoffs. In an exciting, down-to-the-wire game, the Rams eliminated the Giants 19–13 in the first round, despite Taylor's two sacks and one forced fumble.[54] This article is about the vertebrate bone. ... Carl Banks (Born August 29, 1962) was a former National Football League linebacker who played for three teams from 1984 to 1995, the New York Giants, the Washington Redskins and the Cleveland Browns. ... Harry Carson (born November 26, 1953) is a former American football inside linebacker who played his entire career for the New York Giants in the NFL(1976-1988). ... The NFL playoffs for the 1989-90 season led up to Super Bowl XXIV. This was the last season in which the NFL used a 10-team playoff format. ...


The 1990 season got off to an inauspicious start for Taylor and the Giants as Taylor held out of a training camp, demanding a new contract with a salary of $2 million dollars per year.[55] Talks dragged into September with neither side budging, and as the season approached Taylor received fines at the rate of $2,500 dollars a day.[56] Taylor signed a contract just four days before the season opener against the Philadelphia Eagles. Despite sitting out training camp and the preseason, Taylor started against the Eagles and finished with three sacks and a forced fumble.[57] Taylor finished the season with 10.5 sacks and earned his 10th Pro Bowl in as many years, although the season marked the first time in Taylor's career that he would not make the first team on the Associated Press All-Pro team.[20] The Giants started out 10–0 and finished with a 13–3 record. In the playoffs the Giants defeated the Bears 31–3,[58] and went on to face their rival the 49ers in the NFC conference championship game. The Giants won a close game 15–13,[58] as Taylor recovered a key fumble late in the game to set up Matt Bahr's game-winning field goal. In Super Bowl XXV Taylor's Giants faced off against the Buffalo Bills and in one of the more entertaining Super Bowls in history won 20–19,[58] after Scott Norwood missed a potential game winning field goal for Buffalo at the end of the game. The 1990 NFL season was the 71st regular season of the National Football League. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... In professional American football, the Pro Bowl is the all-star game of the National Football League (NFL). ... The 1990 New York Giants season was one of the most successful seasons in the professional American football franchises history. ... Matt Bahr (born July 6, 1956) is a former NFL placekicker. ... Date January 27, 1991 Stadium Tampa Stadium City Tampa, Florida MVP Ottis Anderson, Running back Favorite Bills by 6 National anthem Whitney Houston Coin toss Pete Rozelle Referee Jerry Seeman Halftime show New Kids on the Block Attendance 73,813 TV in the United States Network ABC Announcers Al Michaels... City Orchard Park, New York Team colors Navy blue, light blue, Red, light Red, White, Royal, and Nickel Head Coach Dick Jauron Owner Ralph Wilson General manager Marv Levy Mascot Billy Buffalo League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960-1969) Eastern Division (1960-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American... Scott Allan Norwood (born July 17, 1960 in Miami, Florida) is a former National Football League kicker who played his entire career for the Buffalo Bills. ...


Final years and decline: 1991-93

Following the 1990 season Parcells, whom Taylor had become very close to,[59] retired and the team was taken over by Ray Handley. 1991 marked a steep decline in Taylor's production. It became the first season in his career that he did not make the Pro Bowl, after setting a then record by making it his first ten years in the league. Taylor finished with 7 sacks in 14 games[29] and the Giants defense, while still respectable, was no longer one of the top units in the league. Ray Handley is a former head coach of the New York Giants. ... In professional American football, the Pro Bowl is the all-star game of the National Football League (NFL). ...


Taylor rebounded in the early stages of what many thought would be his final season in 1992. Through close to 9 games Taylor was on pace for 10 sacks and the Giants were 5–4.[60] However, a ruptured Achilles tendon suffered in a November 8 game against Green Bay,[61] sidelined him for the final seven games, during which the team went 1–6.[62] Before the injury Taylor had missed only 4 games due to injury in his 12 year career, including two the previous year.[61] Throughout the 1992 season, and the ensuing offseason, Taylor was noncomittal about his future, alternately saying he might retire, then later hinting he wanted a longer-term contract.[63] This is about vertebrate anatomy. ... is the 312th day of the year (313th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... City Green Bay, Wisconsin Team colors Dark Green, Gold, and White Head Coach Mike McCarthy Owner 111,967 stockholders (Green Bay Packers Foundation) Chairman Bob Harlan General manager Ted Thompson Fight song Go! You Packers! Go! League/Conference affiliations Independent (1919-1920) National Football League (1921–present) Western Division (1933...


Taylor returned for the 1993 season enticed by the chance to play with a new coach (the newly hired Dan Reeves), and determined not end his career due to injury. The Giants experienced a resurgent season in 1993. They finished 11–5 and competed for the top playoff seeds in the conference.[64] Taylor finished with 6 sacks,[65] and the Giants defense led the NFL in fewest points allowed.[66] The Giants played the Vikings in the first round of the playoffs and defeated them 17–10.[65] The next week on January 15, 1993 in what would ultimately be Taylor's final game the Giants faced the 49ers and were beaten convincingly 44–3.[65] As the game drew to a conclusion television cameras drew in close on Taylor who was visibly crying. Taylor announced his retirement at the post-game press conference saying, "I think it's time for me to retire. I've done everything I can do. I've been to Super Bowls. I've been to playoffs. I've done things that other people haven't been able to do in this game before. After 13 years, it's time for me to go."[67] The 1993 NFL season was the 74th regular season of the National Football League. ... Dan Reeves (born January 19, 1944) is a former American football player and head coach. ... January 15 is the 15th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ...


By the time Taylor retired, he had amassed 1,088 tackles, 132.5 sacks (not counting the 9.5 sacks he recorded as a rookie because sacks did not become an official statistic until 1982), 9 interceptions, 134 return yards, 2 touchdowns, 33 forced fumbles, 11 fumble recoveries, and 34 fumble return yards.[20]


Impact on the NFL

"Lawrence Taylor, defensively, has had as big an impact as any player I've ever seen. He changed the way defense is played, the way pass-rushing is played, the way linebackers play and the way offenses block linebackers."
John Madden[9]

Taylor is often considered to be one of the greatest defensive players in the history of football,[68] and has been ranked as the greatest defensive player in history by media members, former players, and coaches.[9][11][69] He is also widely considered to be one of the most feared players to ever step onto the football field.[9][70] Taylor's explosive speed and power is credited with having changed the position of outside linebacker from a "read and react" type of position to a more attacking, aggressive position.[71] John Earl Madden (born April 10, 1936) is a former National Football League player, head coach, and a Pro Football Hall-of-Famer. ...


Washington Redskins coach Joe Gibbs developed the two tight end offense and the position of h-back to prevent Taylor from blitzing into the backfield unhindered.[41][72] As Gibbs stated, "[w]e had to try in some way have a special game plan just for Lawrence Taylor. Now you didn't do that very often in this league but I think he's one person that we learned the lesson the hard way. We lost ball games."[41] His skills at outside linebacker forced other coaches to retool their offensive schemes to manage his impact. In the late 70's and early 80's, a blitzing linebacker was almost always picked up by a running back. However, these players were usually no match for Taylor.[73] The tactic employed by Bill Walsh in the 1982 playoffs, namely of employing an offensive guard to block Taylor, began to be copied around the league. This move, however, left a hole in the offensive protection that a middle linebacker could exploit. Later, Walsh and other coaches began using offensive left tackles to block Taylor. Although Taylor made adjustments to his game to remain dominant, it soon became common in the NFL for offensive linemen to pick up blitzing linebackers, such as Taylor. In addition to the changes in offensive schemes Taylor influenced, he also introduced new defensive techniques to the game such as chopping the ball out of the quarterback's hands rather than tackling him.[68] This article needs additional references or sources to facilitate its verification. ... Joe Jackson Gibbs (born November 25, 1940) is a Hall of Fame American football coach and NASCAR Championship team owner. ... The tight end (TE) is a position in American football on the offensive team. ... An H-Back is an offensive position in American football that is a hybrid between a fullback and a tight end. ...


Drugs and extreme measures

Taylor's mug shot from his 1996 arrest in South Carolina for attempted possession of crack cocaine.
Taylor's mug shot from his 1996 arrest in South Carolina for attempted possession of crack cocaine.
"For me, crazy as it seems, there is a real relationship between wild, reckless, and abandoned off the field and being that way on the field."
—Taylor in 1987[74]

In contrast to his success on the football field, Taylor's personal life has been marred by drug usage and controversy. When Taylor was once asked what he could do that no outside linebacker could, his answer was, "Drink".[9] However, alcohol abuse was not the largest of his substance abuse problems. After admitting to and testing positive for cocaine in 1987, he was suspended from football for 30 days in 1988 after failing a second drug test. After his second positive test he gave up drugs for five years as a third positive test would have ended his career.[70] However, as he approached retirement he looked forward to picking up the habit again, saying in his second autobiography "I saw coke as the only bright spot in my future."[75] After his retirement he began abusing drugs on a regular basis. He went through drug rehab twice in 1995, only to later be arrested twice over a three-year span for attempting to buy cocaine (from undercover officers).[76] During this period Taylor lived almost exclusively in his home with white sheets covering his windows and only associated with other drug users.[70] Taylor later stated, “I had gotten really bad. I mean my place was almost like a crack house."[70] In his first autobiography Taylor also admitted that he had begun using drugs as early as his second year in the NFL.[77] Image File history File links Ltaylormug. ... Image File history File links Ltaylormug. ... Official language(s) English Capital Charleston(1670-1789) Columbia(1790-present) Largest city Columbia Largest metro area Columbia Area  Ranked 40th  - Total 34,726 sq mi (82,965 km²)  - Width 200 miles (320 km)  - Length 260 miles (420 km)  - % water 6  - Latitude 32°430N to 35°12N... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Crack house is an off campus residence in Northfield, Minnesota housing students of Carleton College and migrant roofers. ...


In a November 2003 interview with Mike Wallace on the television newsmagazine 60 Minutes, Taylor claimed he hired and sent prostitutes to opponents' hotel rooms the night before a game in an attempt to tire them out,[70] and that at his peak, he spent thousands of dollars a day on narcotics.[70] During the interview he also recounted several other instances of his hard-partying lifestyle during his years in the NFL, including an episode when he arrived to a team meeting in handcuffs after a night spent with some call girls. Taylor stated, "A couple of ladies that were trying out some new equipment they had. You know? And I just happened to, and they just didn't happen to have the key.”[70] He also recounted that to beat NFL drug tests he would submit the urine of his teammates.[70] Mike Wallace (born Myron Leon Wallace on May 9, 1918) is a former American game show host, television personality, and journalist. ... A newsmagazine, sometimes called news magazine, is a usually weekly magazine featuring articles on current events. ... Not to be confused with a BBC news magazine program of the same name. ... Whore redirects here. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


After the NFL, and the recovery

In Taylor's final year in the NFL (1993) he started a company called All-Pro Products. The company went public at $5 a share, and amazingly tripled in value during the first month of its existence. The stock price went up to $16.50 a share, at which point Taylor's stake had an estimated value of more than $10 million.[78] However, the company ceased production shortly thereafter and Taylor, who never sold his stock, lost several hundred thousand dollars. Taylor had been defrauded by several members of the penny stock firm Hanover Sterling & Company, who had short sold the company's stock, making it worthless.[79] The Securities and Exchange Commission ruled that two traders had manipulated the price of the stock,[80] which skyrocketed while the company was losing over $900,000. In financial markets, an initial public offering (IPO) is the first sale of a companys common shares to public investors. ... In the U.S. financial markets, the term penny stock commonly refers to any stock trading outside one of the major exchanges (NYSE, NASDAQ, or AMEX), and is often considered pejorative. ... It has been suggested that Short (finance) be merged into this article or section. ... The Securities and Exchange Commission, commonly referred to as the SEC, is the United States governing body which has primary responsibility for overseeing the regulation of the securities industry. ...

Taylor on the golf course in 2007.
Taylor on the golf course in 2007.
Taylor sprints out for the ceremonial pass from Simms.

In the first few years after his career ended Taylor worked in several regular television jobs. Taylor initially worked as a football analyst for the now defunct TNT Sunday Night Football.[48] For a brief time after that Taylor appeared as a personality in the WWF, engaging in matches with Bam Bam Bigelow among others.[48] He also worked as a color commentator on an amateur fighting program entitled Toughman on the FX channel.[81] On September 4, 1995, the Giants retired Phil Simms jersey during halftime of a game against the Cowboys. Simms decided to celebrate the moment by throwing an impromptu ceremonial pass to Taylor. Simms recalled, "[a]ll of a sudden it kind of hit me, I've put Lawrence in a really tough spot; national TV, he's got dress shoes and a sports jacket on, and he's had a few beers and he's going to run down the field and I'm going to throw him a pass."[82] Simms then motioned for Taylor to run a long pattern and after 30–40 yards threw him the pass. Taylor later commented that the situation made him more nervous than any play of his career, "I'm saying to myself (as the pass is being thrown), 'If I drop this pass, I got to run my black ass all the way up the other side of the river because there ain't no way I'm going to be able to stay in that stadium'."[82] Taylor caught the pass, however, and the capacity crowd in attendance cheered in approval.[83] Image File history File links Size of this preview: 374 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (643 × 1031 pixel, file size: 47 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Cropped by User:Quadzilla99 File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 374 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (643 × 1031 pixel, file size: 47 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Cropped by User:Quadzilla99 File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... TNT logo until 1994 TNT Sunday Night Football was the weekly television broadcasts by Turner Network Television (TNT) of Sunday evening National Football League (NFL) games. ... World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. ... WrestleMania XI, was the eleventh annual WrestleMania pay-per-view event held by the World Wrestling Federation in Hartford, Connecticut on April 2, 1995. ... Scott Charles Bigelow (September 1, 1961 – January 19, 2007) was an American professional wrestler, best known by the stage name Bam Bam Bigelow. ... A color commentator (colour commentator in Canada and Britain), sometimes known as a color analyst, is a member of the broadcasting team for a sporting event who assists the play-by-play announcer by filling in any time when play is not in progress. ... FX (shorter for Fox Extended Networks) is a name carried by two cable television and satellite channels owned by News Corporations Fox Entertainment Group. ... is the 247th day of the year (248th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ... Phillip Martin Simms (born November 3, 1955, in Lebanon, Kentucky) is a former quarterback for the New York Giants of the National Football League and currently a television sportscaster for the CBS network. ... ...


Taylor has recently been pursuing a career in acting, appearing in the Oliver Stone movie, Any Given Sunday where he played a character very much like himself. He also appeared as himself in both the HBO series The Sopranos and the film The Waterboy. He added his voice to the controversial video game, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, playing the steroid-riddled, possibly insane former football player B.J. Smith, a character that pokes fun at his fearsome, drug-fueled public image. He also added his voice to the controversial video game Blitz: The League, which was partially based on his life in the NFL.[84] William Oliver Stone (born September 15, 1946), known simply as Oliver Stone, is a three-time Academy Award-winning American film director and screenwriter. ... Any Given Sunday is a 1999 film directed by Oliver Stone starring Al Pacino, Cameron Diaz, Dennis Quaid, Jamie Foxx, James Woods, LL Cool J, Matthew Modine, John C. McGinley, Charlton Heston, Ann-Margret, Lauren Holly, Bill Bellamy, Lela Rochon, Aaron Eckhart, Elizabeth Berkley and Marty Wright. ... HBO (Home Box Office) is an American premium cable television network. ... The Sopranos is an American television drama series created by David Chase and originally broadcast on the HBO network. ... The Waterboy is a movie starring Adam Sandler, released in 1998. ... Namcos Pac-Man was a hit, and became a universal phenomenon. ... Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (released in October 2002) is the fourth video game in the hit Grand Theft Auto series. ...


In 1999, when Taylor became eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, there were some concerns that his hard-partying lifestyle and drug abuse would hurt his candidacy.[85] These concerns proved to be ill-founded, however, as he was voted in on the first ballot. His son Lawrence Taylor Jr. gave his introduction speech at the induction ceremony.[86] Taylor's wife, his three children, and his parents were in attendance and during his induction speech Taylor acknowledged them saying, "[t]hank you for putting up with me for all those years."[86] He also credited former Giants owner Wellington Mara for being supportive of him saying, "[h]e probably cared more about me as a person than he really should have."[86] The Pro Football Hall of Fame is the hall of fame of the National Football League (NFL). ... Wellington Timothy Mara (August 14, 1916 – October 25, 2005) was the co-owner and co-CEO of the NFLs New York Giants. ...


In recent years, Taylor has cleaned up his life and lived a healthy, clean lifestyle since 1998.[87] Taylor's soul-wrenching admission with Mike Wallace in 2003 reignited his popularity with the public. Taylor often speaks of his playing career, which he played with reckless abandon, and the drug-abusing stages of his life as the "L.T." periods of his life.[87] Taylor described "L.T." as an adrenaline junkie who lived life on a thrill ride.[87] Taylor commented in 2003 that "L. T. died a long time ago, and I don't miss him at all...all that's left is Lawrence Taylor."[87] In July 2006 Taylor again re-emerged into the public eye, appearing on the cover of a Sports Illustrated issue dedicated to former athletes and sport figures. In the magazine Taylor credited his hobby of golf with helping him get over his previous hard-partying ways and drug filled lifestyle.[88] The first issue of Sports Illustrated, August 16, 1954, showing Milwaukee Braves star Eddie Mathews at bat in Milwaukee County Stadium. ... This article is about the sport. ...


Career statistics

Sources:[20][29]

SEASON TEAM GP Sacks Int Yds TD FR Yds TD
1981 New York 16 9.5* 1 1 0 1 4 0
1982 New York 9 7.5 1 97t 1 0 0 0
1983 New York 16 9 2 10 0 2 3 0
1984 New York 16 11.5 1 -1 0 0 0 0
1985 New York 16 13 0 0 0 2 25 0
1986 New York 16 20.5 0 0 0 0 0 0
1987 New York 12 12 3 16 0 0 0 0
1988 New York 12 15.5 0 0 0 1 0 0
1989 New York 16 15 0 0 0 0 0 0
1990 New York 16 10.5 1 11t 1 1 0 0
1991 New York 14 7 0 0 0 2 0 0
1992 New York 9 5 0 0 0 1 2 0
1993 New York 16 6 0 0 0 1 0 0
Totals 184 132.5** 9 134 2 11 34 0

* Unofficial statistic (sacks did not become an official statistic until 1982), however this number is stated on Taylor's Pro Football Hall of Fame bio,[20] and is considered to be accurate.
** This does not include the 9.5 Taylor unofficially recorded as a rookie, if that number were included he would have 142.


Key to Abbreviations
GP= Games Played
Int= Interception
Yds= Yards
t= Play resulted in a touchdown
TD= Touchdowns
FR= Fumbles Recovered


See also

  • History of the New York Giants (1979-1993)

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NFL MVP Award from the Associated Press
1957: J. Brown | 1958: J. Brown | 1959: Conerly | 1960: Van Brocklin & Schmidt | 1961: Hornung | 1962: J. Taylor | 1963: Tittle | 1964: Unitas | 1965: J. Brown | 1966: Starr | 1967: Unitas | 1968: Morrall | 1969: Gabriel | 1970: Brodie | 1971: Page | 1972: L. Brown | 1973: Simpson | 1974: Stabler | 1975: Tarkenton | 1976: Jones | 1977: Payton | 1978: Bradshaw | 1979: Campbell | 1980: Sipe | 1981: Anderson | 1982: Moseley | 1983: Theismann| 1984: Marino | 1985: Allen | 1986: L. Taylor | 1987: Elway | 1988: Esiason | 1989: Montana | 1990: Montana | 1991: Thomas | 1992: Young | 1993: Smith | 1994: Young | 1995: Favre | 1996: Favre | 1997: Favre & Sanders| 1998: Davis | 1999: Warner | 2000: Faulk | 2001: Warner | 2002: Gannon | 2003: Manning & McNair | 2004: Manning | 2005: Alexander | 2006: Tomlinson
Persondata
NAME Lawrence Taylor
ALTERNATIVE NAMES none
SHORT DESCRIPTION Hall of Fame American football player.
DATE OF BIRTH February 04, 1959
PLACE OF BIRTH Williamsburg, Virginia
DATE OF DEATH
PLACE OF DEATH

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Lawrence Julius Taylor (born February 4, 1959, in Williamsburg, Virginia) is a retired Hall of Fame American football player.
In 1981, Taylor was drafted by the NFL's New York Giants as the # 2 pick overall.
By the time Taylor retired in 1993, he had amassed 1,088 tackles, 132.5 sacks (not counting the 9.5 sacks he recorded as a rookie because sacks did not become an official statistic until 1982), 9 interceptions, 134 return yards, 2 touchdowns, 33 forced fumbles, 11 fumble recoveries, and 34 fumble return yards.
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