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Lawrence Taylor Heads List of NFL's Top 25 Linebackers of All Time

Lawrence Taylor could hit like a freight train, but it was his finesse and football IQ that helped L.T. revolutionize the linebacker position. He's not only the greatest linebacker in NFL history, he's one of the game’s greatest players period. Taylor is one of only two defensive players in NFL history to be named NFL MVP. He is the only linebacker to ever take the honor.

Video: 1977 UNC Reflections with Lawrence Taylor

Former North Carolina linebacker, NFL all-time great, and Pro Football Hall-of-Famer Lawrence Taylor shares his thoughts about the 1977 Tar Heels football team upon his return to Kenan Stadium for a 40-year reunion.

Inside Giants legend Lawrence Taylor's 1982 Thanksgiving feast

Lawrence Taylor was hurting. The man who would become the greatest player in NFL Giants history more than a decade later was also angry at the circumstances, considering he was forced to watch the first half of what turned out to be an unforgettable game from the sideline as a national television audience watched along with him on Thanksgiving in Detroit.

Bill Belichick: Lawrence Taylor could tell who was blocking him by the fear in their eyes

Patriots coach Bill Belichick offered some fascinating insight into his old Giants linebacker Lawrence Taylor that may best encapsulate just how much L.T. affected opposing offenses. Belichick said Taylor always knew who was blocking him by looking for one thing: Fear. Belichick said Taylor knew offensive linemen feared his ability to get past him and could read that.

Lawrence Taylor Goes No. 1 Overall in The MMQB All-Time Draft

The MMQB enlisted 12 former NFL executives, players and writers to draft teams constructed of players from across the entire history of the NFL. When longtime NFL exec Joel Bussert was on the clock at No. 1, he knew who he had to take: Lawrence Taylor. “For me it was a no-brainer, because even before the order came out I said if I have a chance to get LT I am going to take him.”

Top 50 College Football Players of the Past 50 Years

28. Lawrence Taylor LB, UNC, 1977-80: LT helped establish Tar Heel football during a dominant college career. Taylor, who didn’t start playing football until his junior year of high school, was a terrifying combination of size, speed and aggression. In 1980, Taylor posted 16 sacks and was an All-American and ACC Player of the Year before redefining the outside linebacker position in the NFL.

University of North Carolina, city of Chapel Hill rooting hard for Mitchell Trubisky

No North Carolina football player has ever carried the distinction of being a No. 1 overall pick. Four UNC players have been drafted No. 2 overall — the last two were Julius Peppers of the Panthers in 2001, and Lawrence Taylor of the Giants in 1981. Regardless, the city of Chapel Hill is behind Mitchell Trubisky, its newly adopted football hero.

Lawrence Taylor surprises ailing kids at pediatric cancer gala

The Frances Foundation’s annual gala was just hours away, and Bob Heugle was making final preparations. Heugle, whose nonprofit has raised $1.5 million to help pediatric cancer patients, never has been shy about trumpeting the cause. So he sought out New York Giants legend Lawrence Taylor, quite possibly the best defensive player in NFL history, and extended an invitation.

Bill Dooley remembered as the trench fighter who had a way with words

Bill Dooley's career coaching record was 162-125-5, with 10 bowl games in 26 seasons as a head coach. He coached Pro Football Hall of Famers Lawrence Taylor at North Carolina and Bruce Smith at Virginia Tech. He had a talent for winning everywhere he went — even, or especially, when he was charged with turning around a program.

Most Revered Name in Kenan Stadium History?

Charlie Justice was the most loved. Lawrence Taylor and Julius Peppers were the most feared. Dré Bly had the knack, Eric Ebron the smile and the stride and Chris Hanburger the scowl and the clothesline tackle. But behind the scenes, the most revered name in football over half a century in Chapel Hill was that of Morris Mason.

Where Are they Now: NFL wide receivers and running backs

The UNC football program has produced plenty of NFL superstars, including nine time pro bowler Julius Peppers and Pro Football Hall of Fame member Lawrence Taylor. Today, more than 30 Tar Heels play in the National Football League. Let's take a look at the wide receivers and running backs on that list in this edition of Where Are they Now.

Lawrence Taylor helps Brooklyn Bar Association raise $45,000 for scholarships

The Brooklyn Bar Association's fourth annual Hon. Theodore T. Jones Jr. Memorial Golf Outing, held at the Colonia Country Club in New Jersey on Monday, got a little help from football legend Lawrence Taylor and former Mayor Rudy Giuliani as it raised $45,000 total and $23,500 for law school scholarships.

25 Greatest Linebackers in NFL History

1. Lawrence Taylor: L.T. could hit like a freight train, but it was his finesse and high football IQ that helped him revolutionize the linebacker position. He is not only the greatest linebacker in NFL history, he is one of the game’s greatest players period. Taylor is one of only two defensive players in the history of the NFL to be named NFL MVP.

Lawrence Taylor named to "Super Bowl 50 Golden Team"

Giants great Lawrence Taylor is the franchise’s lone representative on the roster as he and fellow Hall of Famer Jack Ham of the 1970s Steelers dynasty are listed as the two outside linebackers. Taylor, who is the last defensive player to earn MVP honors, picked up the award in 1986, the season the Giants went on to claim their first Lombardi Trophy.

Lawrence Taylor changed the game

Lawrence Taylor, who quickly ascended to a sobriquet — LT — became a behemoth the instant he walked onto an NFL gridiron, landing on the Meadowlands like a meteor. Maybe it’s a coincidence, but the sack became a statistic right after his rookie season. Like Wilt Chamberlain in the NBA, the league literally changed upon Taylor’s arrival.

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