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LT, say it aint so!!!

May 18, 2012

I’m a huge Giant and LT fan. I’m 30, so I only caught the back-end of Taylors career. Unfortunately I didn’t see him in his prime but I have heard stories and have seen tons of clips. It’s not the same I know but its all i got. So when i read that he was selling 1 of his Superbowl rings, it made me think…

His playing days he was an animal! A man among boys. An All-American out of UNC in 1981 drafted 2nd overall to the Giants. Throughout the 1980s and early 1990s, Taylor was a disruptive force at OLB, and is credited with changing the pass rushing schemes, offensive line play, and offensive formations used in the NFL. Taylor produced double-digit sacks each season from 1984 through 1990, including a career high of 20.5 in 1986. He ended his career with 132.5 sacks. His rookie season in 1981 he had 9.5 sacks but the sack statistic didn’t come about until the 1982 season which would have gave him a total of 142.

It was a well-known fact that during his NFL career LT had a drug and alcohol addiction. He tested positive for cocaine in 1987 and in 1988 he failed yet another drug test wich cost him a 30 day suspension. I remember hearing stories about LT on the road and how the opposing team would send drugs and girls to his hotel room so he would be so out of it come game day but as you can see from his stats it didn’t seem to work. Teams whether they would admit it or not were terrified of him. John Madden once said “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”. You always had to know where he was at all times when he was on the field.

His post career has been nothing but legal problems and disappointment. He started a company called All-Pro Products. Started off promising but shortly after the company ceased production. He tried TV, doing TNT Sunday Night Football as an analyst and he even appear at Wrestlemania defeating Bam Bam Bigelow. After that he was a commentator on the show Toughman, an amateur fighting show. His legal problems werent far behind. He was charged with felony third-degree statutory rape, for allegedly engaging in sexual intercourse with someone under 17. He was also charged with third-degree patronization for allegedly paying the underage girl $300 to have sex with him. Taylor pled guilty and on March 22, 2011 was sentenced to six years probation.

It really is a shame how far he has fallen. I know his addictions and demons have overcome him many times. He has made his own choices and bad ones to boot. As a football player, he will always be a beast to me changing the game forever for players to come. But as a normal person outside of football i will also remember his as a beast! I hate to say it but its true. if he just played his cards right and lead a somewhat normal life after the NFL he could have had NYC in the palm of his hands. He was a  legend! But you hear these stories and you hope it’s a MYTH! I really hope he gets his life together, it’s never to late.


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