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Lawrence Taylor

Taylor in 2009
No. 56
Position: Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1959-02-04) February 4, 1959 (age 57)
Place of birth: Williamsburg, Virginia
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight: 245 lb (111 kg)
Career information
High school: Williamsburg (VA) Lafayette
College: North Carolina
NFL Draft: 1981 / Round: 1 / Pick: 2
Career history

New York Giants (1981–1993)

Career highlights and awards

2× Super Bowl champion (XXI, XXV)
10× Pro Bowl (1981–1990)
10× First-team All-Pro (1981–1990)
NFL Most Valuable Player (1986)
Bert Bell Award (1986)
3× NFL Defensive Player of the Year (1981, 1982, 1986)
2× NFC Defensive Player of the Year (1983, 1986)
NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year (1981)
NFL sacks leader (1986)
NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time Team
NFL 1980s All-Decade Team
New York Giants No. 56 retired
New York Giants Ring of Honor
Consensus All-American (1980)

Career NFL statistics
Tackles: 1,088
Sacks: 132.5
Interceptions: 9
Player stats at

I had everything working my way, strong as a bull. And still I ignored the rules of the game of life.
Lawrence Taylor
LT was just a wilder person. I don't go that route no more.
I don't live that life anymore, it's as simple as that.
Taking them out of the picture, so to speak, what football really is, the savagery, the core root of football, it doesn't change. It really puts the real in football.
Lawrence Taylor
There were probably about five games in my career where everything was moving in slow motion and you could be out there all day, totally in the zone, and you don't even know where you are on the field, everything is just totally blocked out.
Lawrence Taylor
If I'm going to break them, I'm going to break them both.
As players, we always have a way to get back at you.
First of all, a player has to know what is banned and what is not banned.
And I tell ya, when I sit in that sound booth and started reading the script and starting to get into the character, man, it's an easy jump for me, because I understand what it's all about.
Lawrence Taylor
Football is not part of that lifestyle anymore.
In football, you can always maim a person if you wanted to.
Steroids are for guys who want to cheat opponents.
Most of the games don't let you focus too much on the cheerleaders, but I've been watching these girls.
Lawrence Taylor
Hopefully the new breed of kids won't have to go through that hard lesson – my kids, my grandkids, my fans' kids, hopefully they won't have to go through it.
Lawrence Taylor

In football, you can always maim a person if you wanted to.
I have a whole different type of lifestyle.
You try to stay within the rules for the sake of the game, but you can always turn up the intensity.
Lawrence Taylor
They would almost throw the cops in jail when they tried to arrest me.
If they play dirty, then you play dirty.
I guess another message I'd like to say with this book is no matter how many times you fail… I failed a lot of times trying to get clean, and never thought I'd get to this point.
Lawrence Taylor
You can take a substance that works in your system, but then you take this over here that's not banned, and this over here that's not banned, but if you mix them together, you've got a banned substance in your system.
Lawrence Taylor
I like companies that try and break away from the norm.
But every day I tell my story, and be comfortable with my story and be comfortable with what I've done, and what I did, and how I am today, it lessens the likelihood it will ever happen.
Lawrence Taylor
People get hurt all the time in the game of football, it's part of what we do.
Lawrence Taylor
You can't tell them anything, but hopefully they will learn from the example and won't have to go through it.
Lawrence Taylor
Well, actually, I do the voiceover for Quentin Sands.
The NFL, and I've played a lot of years for them, and they have a lot of restrictions on their players, they have restrictions on their licensees, they have restrictions on everything.
Lawrence Taylor
And once you cross over into that world, no matter how strong you are, you have to pay the price.
Lawrence Taylor
I played one game, and one game played me.