2 days ago
~Happy Bday Lawrence Taylor...
..one of my sports heroes when i was a kid, there wasnt a guy in my world than didnt to wanna pretend to be "LT" when playin defense..
I can still hear some neighborhood homies yellin "LT" just before the tackle you to the cement...hahaha
Lawrence Julius Taylor
Height: 6-3 Weight: 237 lbs.
Born: February 4, 1959 in Williamsburg, VA
College: North Carolina
Inducted into Hall of Fame in 1999
10-time Pro Bowler & 8-time first-team All-Pro (fine print)
Drafted by the New York Giants in the 1st round (2nd overall) of the 1981 Draft
Taylor is often considered to be one of the greatest defensive players in the history of football, and has been ranked as the greatest defensive player in history by media members, former players, and coaches. He is also widely considered to be one of the most feared players to ever step onto the football field. Taylor's explosive speed and power is credited with having changed the position of outside linebacker from a "read and react" type of position to a more attacking, aggressive position.[
In contrast to his success on the football field, Taylor's personal life has been marred by drug usage and controversy. When Taylor was once asked what he could do that no outside linebacker could, his answer was, "Drink". However, alcohol abuse was not the largest of his substance abuse problems. After admitting to and testing positive for cocaine in 1987, he was suspended from football for 30 days in 1988 after failing a second drug test. After his second positive test he gave up drugs for five years as a third positive test would have ended his career. However, as he approached retirement he looked forward to picking up the habit again, saying in his second autobiography "I saw coke as the only bright spot in my future." After his retirement he began abusing drugs on a regular basis. He went through drug rehab twice in 1995, only to later be arrested twice over a three-year span for attempting to buy cocaine from undercover officers. During this period Taylor lived almost exclusively in his home with white sheets covering his windows and only associated with other drug users. Taylor later stated, “I had gotten really bad. I mean my place was almost like a crack house." In his first autobiography Taylor also admitted that he had begun using drugs as early as his second year in the NFL.
Just say No!