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July 24, 1987 | By MIKE KERN, Daily News Sports Writer Compiled from staff and wire reports
Lawrence Taylor finally has chosen to tell all - on his own terms, of course. The New York Giants' All-Pro linebacker says in a soon-to-be-published book that both league and team officials knew of his drug use before he entered a clinic early in 1986. And in excerpts from "LT: Living on the Edge," published in the September issue of Sport magazine, Taylor also said that he used cocaine from 1982 until 1985 before deciding to seek help. "I did crack too many times to count, more times than I can remember," he wrote with co-author David Falkner.
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February 25, 1993 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
New York Giants linebacker Lawrence Taylor, whose status for the 1993 NFL season has been in doubt, told coach Dan Reeves yesterday that he would like to play. A 10-time all-pro, Taylor will become a free agent next week. But he told Reeves, who will guide the team for the first time next season, that he wanted to finish his career with the Giants. Taylor sat out the final two months of the 1992 season after injuring an Achilles' tendon. He had begun last season expecting it to be the final one of his 12-year career.
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September 10, 1990 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
On Saturday, the New York Giants activated Lawrence Taylor. Last night, Lawrence Taylor activated the New York Giants. "What a difference LT makes in there for us," said fellow linebacker Pepper Johnson after the Giants' 27-20 victory over Philadelphia at Giants Stadium. "When he is in there, we all are motivated," he said. "When he is in there, we believe in ourselves. " In what was one of the more convincing arguments for the superfluousness of training camp, Taylor grasped, clawed and three times sacked Randall Cunningham.
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May 9, 2010
A few weeks ago, Lawrence Taylor was at Radio City Music Hall in New York for the NFL draft. The league was celebrating its 75th draft, and 45,000 people had voted at nfl.com for the 10 greatest picks of all time. Taylor was the only defensive player chosen. He looked regal, and indeed was enjoying a personal renaissance that included, according to Taylor, 12 years of sobriety, not to mention a glitzy stint on Dancing With the Stars . But then on Thursday, Taylor allegedly was involved in a nasty incident in New York.
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August 30, 1988 | By BILL VERIGAN, New York Daily News
Where was the sense of betrayal or sorrow for a fallen teammate in the New York Giants' locker room? Where was the dismay over the absence of a key player for at least four critical games, and maybe longer? If the Giants felt those emotions yesterday, they kept them well-concealed when All-Pro linebacker Lawrence Taylor was placed on the non-football illness list by the NFL and banished from the team for at least 30 days for failing a test for cocaine Aug. 15. Taylor, who has acknowledged that he underwent treatment for a cocaine problem in 1986, was suspended for a second offense under league guidelines.
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January 16, 1987 | By Tim Panaccio, Inquirer Staff Writer
For once, the Bert Bell Award went to someone known for ringing players' bells. Ask Ron Jaworski. He had his chimes rung seven times this season by New York Giants linebacker Lawrence Taylor, who yesterday was named this season's recipient of the Bert Bell Award by the Maxwell Club. Taylor, a catalyst in the Giants' run to this season's Super Bowl, led the NFL with 20 1/2 sacks - just shy of the NFL record of 22 set by the Jets' Mark Gastineau in 1984. He received 212 of the 502 first-place votes cast by Maxwell Club members and finished with 1,508 points.
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September 1, 1990 | By Dave Caldwell, Inquirer Staff Writer
A football fantasy that would have Lawrence Taylor lining up with the Eagles when they open their season against the New York Giants took wind yesterday and Buddy Ryan fanned it for all it was worth. Eagles president Harry Gamble said the Eagles had held discussions with Taylor's agent, Joe Courrege, about a possible deal that would bring the nine- time Pro Bowler into Buddy Ryan's already formidable defensive corps. Taylor is locked in tough contract negotiations with the Giants.
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August 17, 1993 | By Glen Macnow, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The jersey was the same, 56 in blue and red. The chiseled physique was familiar, and the snarl was there. Yes, this was Lawrence Taylor. But something was different. There he was Saturday night, the greatest linebacker in history, tied up by a few nameless Pittsburgh Steelers linemen in a preseason game at the Meadowlands. "Chicken fighting with the offensive tackles" is how Taylor described it afterward. "Going nowhere fast. Running in place. " And then, something changed.
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October 11, 1992 | By Glen Macnow, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
You can debate Joe Montana vs. Johnny Unitas as the all-time best quarterback (personally, we'd pick Joe Namath). You can argue whether Reggie White has had the impact of Hall of Fame defensive ends Deacon Jones or Gino Marchetti (not yet, but it's close). But one position can't be argued. "Lawrence Taylor is the best outside linebacker who ever lived - bar none," said former Eagles coach Buddy Ryan. "Before him, nobody played the position that way. " "L.T. set the standard with his speed, his strength, his all-out play," said Phoenix Cardinals general manager Larry Wilson, himself a Hall of Fame safety.
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April 8, 2000 | By Barbara Boyer, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Hall of Fame linebacker Lawrence Taylor was sentenced yesterday in U.S. District Court in Camden to 90 days of house arrest for filing a false tax return. Taylor, who played 13 years with the New York Giants and appeared in two Super Bowls, was facing a possible three years in prison. Dressed in black with a silver cross dangling from his left ear, Taylor, 41, of Edgewater in Bergen County, was visibly upset that the judge did not show more leniency. U.S. District Judge Joseph Rodriguez said celebrities such as Taylor "impose certain difficulties" for the court.
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November 12, 2013 | By Michael Harrington, Inquirer Staff Writer
So it seems some players have come down in favor of the environment that drove Jonathan Martin out of the NFL, perhaps because they have spent their lives marinating in sports culture (or maybe because they are grown men who play games for a living). Many who have spent time around athletes, say in school (which would be, oh, everybody), aren't surprised. Even former players are getting their licks in. Former New York Giants star Michael Strahan, on the Fox pregame, said he missed the locker room and the treatment Martin had to face in Miami.
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September 26, 2013 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
HALL OF FAME linebacker Lawrence Taylor hasn't played since 1993. But he's still going after quarterbacks. Taylor is the subject of a Showtime documentary titled "LT: The Life & Times," which premiered Friday. In the film, former QB Boomer Esiason was critical of Taylor, saying the 10-time Pro Bowler, who spent his entire 13-year career with the Giants, was given preferential treatment by the team and then-coach Bill Parcells. It's nothing Esiason hasn't said before, but LT took exception to Boomer being included in the documentary.
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May 2, 2013 | By Adam H. Beasley, THE MIAMI HERALD
MIAMI - Dion Jordan is built like Udonis Haslem. He wants to play like Lawrence Taylor. Jordan, the Miami Dolphins' latest first-round selection, arrived in Miami to great fanfare Saturday. Flashbulbs, his general manager and a lucky season-ticket holder were among those welcoming him to town. But with a passing glance, one could easily confuse Jordan with an NBA small forward and not a budding NFL defensive lineman. He stands more than 6-foot-6, but weighs a mere 250 pounds.
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October 12, 2012 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer
SOMETHING TELLS us Tim Tebow, the squeaky-clean, self-proclaimed virgin backup quarterback for the New York Jets won't be taking Lawrence Taylor's advice any time soon. Taylor, a 10-time All Pro linebacker with the Giants from 1981-93 recently gave Tebow some Dr. Ruth-like pointers. Taylor was a guest on Wednesday night's "Inside the NFL," when he took part in a "Dear Insiders" segment in which questions were posed as if they were asked by real athletes and coaches - in this case, Tebow.
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August 19, 2011
PITTSBURGH - Phillip Hunt was the all-time sack leader at the University of Houston. NFL teams were so impressed by that that they didn't even bother to extend one of the 330 invitations to the 2009 predraft scouting combine to him or select him in any of the seven rounds of the draft that year. He ended up getting signed as an undrafted free agent by the Cleveland Browns, but quickly got cut and wasn't even considered worthy of a spot on their practice squad. The biggest strike against Hunt was his size - he's just 6-foot and maybe tops out at 245 if he jumps on the scale right after a trip to an all-you-can-eat buffet.
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April 13, 2011
Connecticut's Kemba Walker announced he will enter the NBA draft. The 6-foot-1 all-American guard led the Huskies to a 32-9 record, including an 11-0 postseason run that ended with a national championship. Walker is expected to be a first-round pick, and perhaps the second guard chosen behind Duke's Kyrie Irving. Walker averaged 23.5 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 4.5 assists during his junior season, and scored a school record 965 points, accounting for 45 percent of the Huskies' offense.
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April 13, 2011 | Daily News Wire Services
Hall of Fame quarterback Terry Bradshaw said he's feeling the effects of numerous concussions sustained during his NFL career. Bradshaw, who starred for the Pittsburgh Steelers and is currently an NFL analyst for Fox Sports, said he has been having short-term memory loss as well as the loss of hand-eye coordination. He also said he is undergoing rehabilitation for those ailments. The 62-year-old Bradshaw told KTBS-TV, of Shreveport, La., that he sustained at least six concussions, plus an unknown number of instances where there was a blow to the head that would require him to "clear the cobwebs.
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March 23, 2011 | From Inquirer Wire Services
A New York judge Tuesday sentenced former New York Giants linebacker Lawrence Taylor to six years' probation in connection with a sexual encounter last year with a prostitute who turned out to be a teenage runaway. Originally indicted on charges that included felony counts of third-degree rape and a third-degree criminal sexual act, the 52-year-old Hall of Famer pleaded guilty in January to two misdemeanors: sexual misconduct and patronizing a prostitute. The Rockland (N.Y.) County Court judge also ordered Taylor to register as a sex offender.
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May 16, 2010
Had a conversation with a friend the other night who said it's going to be awfully awkward if Lawrence Taylor beats the charges against him and shows up for the next Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Maybe he can spring O.J. and they can sit together. If a player is convicted of a felony, should he be booted from the Hall? If a former player is convicted of a felony, he's got bigger problems than whether his bust gets tossed out of the hall in Ohio. I'm sure O.J. - or Michael Vick, for that matter - would agree.
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May 15, 2010 | Daily News Wire Services
A woman has come forward as a defense witness in the sexual assault case against Lawrence Taylor, saying the 16-year-old girl who accused the NFL legend of rape never had sex with him, according to a statement from the woman confirmed yesterday by Taylor's attorney. The 23-year-old woman said in a sworn statement that she accompanied an alleged pimp and the 16-year-old girl to a hotel outside New York City where Taylor was staying. She said the teenager returned to the car with $300 in cash and said: "It was weird . . . we didn't even have sex. " "He's innocent.
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