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Lawrence Taylor

Lawrence Taylor
Lawrence Taylor

2 Oct 1988: Linebacker Lawrence Taylor of the New York Giants in action during a game against the Washington Redskins at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. The Giants won the game 24-23. Mandatory Credit: Allen Steele /Allsport

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Lawrence Taylor

Born: February 4, 1959 in Williamsburg, Virginia

College: North Carolina

NFL Draft: 1981, Round 1, Pick 2 overall by the Giants

NFL Teams: Giants (1981-1993)

Career Statistics: 132.5 sacks, 9 interceptions, 11 fumble recoveries, 2 touchdowns

NFL Awards/Honors: 10 time Pro Bowler (1981-1990), 8 time First Team All-Pro (1981-1986, 1988-1989), 3 time NFL Defensive Player of the Year (1981, 1982, 1986), NFL MVP (1986), Bert Bell Award (1986), NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year (1981), NFL Sacks leader (1986), Super Bowl Champion (XXI and XXV) NFL 75th Anniversary All Time Team, NFL 1980’s All Decade Team, New York Giants Ring of Honor, New York Giants #56 Retired, Pro Football Hall of Fame (1999)

Spin: Aside from being a very interesting character, Lawrence Taylor is probably the greatest Giants player ever and a huge reason they won two Super Bowls late in the 20th century. LT had double digit sacks every year from 1984-1990, including a ridiculous 20.5 in 1986, the season of the Giants first Super Bowl. His final Pro Bowl season in 1990 ended up being the 2nd Giants Super Bowl in 5 seasons. LT is arguably a top 5 player in NFL history. In all, he had 132.5 in 184 career games (180 starts, and not counting the 9.5 sacks he had as a rookie since sacks did not become an official stat until 1982) and 8.5 sacks and a pick 6 in 15 career playoff games. After the Giants were beaten 44-3 by the 49ers in the 1993 divisional round of the playoffs, an emotional Taylor announced his retirement at his post game press conference.