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Lawrence Taylor: New York Giants greatest player ever

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Is there really any question about this?

Lawrence Taylor
Lawrence Taylor
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I ran through my head today some of the greatest players to ever play the game for the New York Giants. In my opinion there really isn't a question who is the greatest. Some of the greatest Giants teams have been very defensively based on their success. That being said my choice shouldn't come as a shock.

Yes, my choice for the greatest Giants player in history is the one and only Lawrence Taylor. Honestly, I don't think it even comes close.

Taylor is arguably one of the greatest defensive players to every set foot on a football field. He is one of two defensive players to ever win the MVP award, was Defensive Player of the Year three times, was selected to the Pro Bowl 10 times, has 10 All Pro selections, and of course has two Super Bowl rings.

Taylor had a unique ability to defend the pass and rush the passer in his days playing linebacker for the Giants. He had explosive speed and power when he changed from a react type of play to an attacking and aggressive style. The way Taylor played the game forced opposing coaches to change their style of offense in order to try and prevent Taylor from pressuring their quarterback. Key word: Try.

Honestly, we don't really see the type of player Taylor was today. That's what makes him one of the greatest.

Taylor has had his issues off the field, but on the field as a football player there is no denying he is among the best of the best.

You can follow Kelsey O'Donnell on Twitter @KelsODonnell

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