Fun Facts About Football's Gridiron Greats
Lawrence Taylor #3
Lawrence Julius Taylor goes by the name L.T. to his friends and fans. Taylor was born in Williamsburg, Virginia on February 4, 1959. L T attended high school in his birthplace home town, Williamsburg. There he went to Lafayette High School.
His college years were spent at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, Lawerence would be a Tar Heel. The year 1980 would be a good year for this Tar Heel. He captured both the ACC Player of the Year and was chosen a Consensus All American. Taylor would be selected second overall in round one of the 1981 NFL drafts by the New York Giants. He would play his entire career for the Giants. Playing for 13 seasons in the NFL Taylor earned lots of awards and has some many great highlights.
Lawerence was a ten-time Pro Bowl Choice. Reaching the pinnacle of the NFL L.T. won two Super Bowl Championship Rings. The Blue Wrecking Crew and Taylor were big parts of the Giant winning Super Bowls XXI and XXV. This fierce linebacker was a First-Team All-Pro selection 9 times and once was on the Second Team All-Pro squad.
The 1986 season LT was National Football Leagues MVP, the Defensive
Player of the Year, and received the distinguished Bert Bell Award. He was also the NFL's sacks leader that same year. Quarterbacks feared this big linebacker, he was six foot three inches tall and weighed in at 238 pounds.
When you were on the opposite side of the field you made sure your chin strap was tight and your pads in place. When he wasn't sacking QB's he was chasing receivers out on the field tackling their dreams. Taylor had only nine interceptions throughout his career and racked up a total of 1089 tackles to go along with is 132.5 sacks.
Lawerence was a 2-time Defensive Player of the Year and five times he was Football Digests NFL Linebacker of the Year. In 1986 LT was the NFL's sacks leader.
With all those tackles people took notice. Taylor is on the NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time Team and the NFL's 1980s All-Decade Team. The New York Giants retired his number 56 and he is a member of New York Giants Ring of Honor. Lawrence Julius Taylor was been inducted in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.