Lawrence Taylor

 

Biography

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Born on February 4, 1959 in Williamsburg, Virginia, Lawrence Taylor is a retired Hall of Fame American football player who was a linebacker for the New York Giants in the National Football League. Widely considered as one of the greatest players in the history of the game and, more than once, had been called the greatest defensive player of all time by members of the media, former players, and coaches. The son of a dispatcher at the Newport News shipyards and a schoolteacher, he looked into baseball as a youth, and only started playing football at the age of 15. He did not play organized high school football until he was in the eleventh grade in Lafayette High School, where he graduated in 1977.

Taylor then attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he was a team captain. Originally recruited as a defensive lineman, he became linebacker before the 1979 season, where he set a lot of defensive records. Some of his awards include the All-America and Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year honors in 1980.

Taylor became the second overall pick in the NFL draft for the new York Giants as linebacker / defensive end. His regular season debut came on September 6, 1981 in a 24-10 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. His presence immediately improved the Giants from 4-12 in 1980 to 9-7 the next year. In 1983, he made nine sacks and made the All-Pro team for the third consecutive season in 1983. After just six years, he had won the NFL Defensive rookie of the Year Award, and the NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award a record three times. His team won the championship in 1986.

Taylor is among the 13 stars in the eighth season of the ABC dancing competition Dancing with the Stars.

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