July 24, 1987 |
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.
February 25, 1993 |
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.
September 10, 1990 |
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.
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.
August 30, 1988 |
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.
January 16, 1987 |
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.
September 1, 1990 |
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.
August 17, 1993 |
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.
October 11, 1992 |
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.
April 8, 2000 |
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.