Ask any New York Giants fan who the best player in franchise history is and most will laugh at the questions simplicity. The only right answer is history-changing linebacker Lawrence Taylor, and the experts over at NFL Network resoundingly agree. Accordingly, as they break down the best player for each NFL franchise, they've listed the one and only LT for Big Blue.
Easy choice. Among all of the gifted players who've suited up for Big Blue over the past 89 years, no one was better than LT. Taylor had incredible strength and football IQ, but most importantly, he possessed a ridiculous motor that few in league history could match. He accumulated plenty of sacks, of course — see: the 20.5 recorded in his MVP season of 1986 — but his incredible desire made running away from him a risky proposition, as Taylor often would chase those plays down from the back side.
Taylor, a first-round draft pick of the Giants in 1981, was a 10-time All-Pro, a 10-time Pro Bowler, two-time Super Champion, the NFL sack leader in 1986, the Pro Football Writer of America MVP in 1986 and the AP MVP in 1986. He was named a Defensive Player of the Year in three separate seasons (1981, 1982 and 1986), named the NEA Defensive Player of the Year in 1986 and even earned the AP NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year in 1981.
LT earned countless other rewards over his career, but it's how he changed the game that made him unique.
His personal and off-field issues aside, Taylor was, without a doubt, one of the greatest players to ever play the game of football at any level. Period. In fact, he was even named the No. 3 player of all-time by NFL Network, behind only running back Jim Brown and wide receiver Jerry Rice.
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