Why Lawrence Taylor Is The Best Defensive Player of Alltime
Not only is LT the most physically gifted Outside Linebacker of all-time, he is also undoubtedly the most intimidating. LT was an animal and was feared by every player at the time, even players on his own team. And in Week 11, of the 1985 Regular Season, when Taylor broke the leg of Quarterback Joe Theismann, it didn't help matters. Taylor had superior speed, size and strength, never before seen in the NFL. LT often played the "Monster" position, where he played rover over the entire box, where he was a huge mismatch for Running Backs, Tight Ends, and even Tackles. Over the course of LT's 13 year career, he recorded 132.5 sacks, averaging over 10 per year. However since he played all of his seasons before 2001, which was the first year that the "tackle" stat was recorded. However he was consistently all over the field, with 9 interceptions, 11 fumble recoveries for 2 touchdowns. Even in the 20 years since LT has taken the field, there has yet to be a player more physically dominating or talented at any defensive position in the league. The only Giants Linebackers drafted in the first round since 1973 have been Brad Van Pelt, Lawrence Taylor, and Carl Banks, not too shabby of a group. If the Giants take Khalil Mack with the 12th pick in this years draft, New York will not be disappointed.
If not Lawrence Taylor, who is the best Defensive Player of Alltime?