Taylor in 2009
|Date of birth:||February 4, 1959|
|Place of birth:||Williamsburg, Virginia|
|Height:||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Weight:||245 lb (111 kg)|
|High school:||Williamsburg (VA) Lafayette|
|NFL Draft:||1981 / Round: 1 / Pick: 2|
|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|
I had everything working my way, strong as a bull. And still I ignored the rules of the game of life.
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.
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.
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.
Most of the games don't let you focus too much on the cheerleaders, but I've been watching these girls.
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.
You try to stay within the rules for the sake of the game, but you can always turn up the intensity.
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.
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.
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.
People get hurt all the time in the game of football, it's part of what we do.