He's bigger and stronger than Butkus was. Taylor began using illicit drugs during his professional rookie season, — Starting inthe sack leader is officially given the Deacon Jones Award. Giants' L. Taylor re-emerged into john gillman sex offender in St. John public eye in Julyafter appearing on the cover of a Sports Illustrated issue dedicated to former athletes and sport figures.
When Taylor returned he was his usual dominant self as he led the team in sacks again, with Taylor had already developed a reputation for playing through pain; in a game against the Eagles the team's training staff had to hide his helmet to prevent the injured Taylor from returning to the field.
Later, Walsh and other coaches began using offensive tackles to block Taylor. Taylor later said the situation made him more nervous than any play of his career, "I'm saying to myself as the pass is being thrown'If I drop this pass, I got to run my black ass all the way back to Upper Saddle River because there ain't no way I'm going to be able to stay in that stadium'.
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The Giants appeared to have a bright future coming off their championship season as they were one of the younger teams in the league. Taylor ran in front of the intended receiver, intercepted the pass, and returned it 97 yards for a touchdown.
Sanders Sayers Simpson E. Aikman Blanda Bradshaw L. In the magazine, Taylor credited his hobby of golf with helping him get over his previous hard-partying ways and drug filled lifestyle. He also registered as a low-risk, level-one sex offender. Lawrence Taylor, defensively, has had as big an impact as any player I've ever seen.
Thomas Tunnell Wehrli Williams L. Following the season, Parcells, with whom Taylor had become very close,  retired, and the team was taken over by Ray Handley. Despite sitting out training camp and the preseason, Taylor recorded three sacks and a forced fumble against the Eagles.