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Lawrence’s NFL retirement
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Taylor — who had the nickname L. Taylor had a career-best For his career, he totaled He had nine interceptions, and he recovered 11 fumbles. Precisely 25 years after he retired, L. No active players are closer than 32 sacks away from passing him. On January 15, , Taylor announced his retirement during a postgame press conference the Giants had just lost to the 49ers. In front of 77, Giants fans, Taylor thanked the fans for always being there for him through thick and thin. Taylor continued, explaining that the honor means more to him than the Hall of Fame.
Taylor, who did not play organized football until the 11th grade, attended the University of North Carolina , where he initially played defensive lineman before being moved to outside linebacker. With a rare combination of size and speed, Taylor, 6 feet 3 inches 1. By the end of his first professional season, he had 9. He was named Rookie of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year, an honour that he received again the following season. In he led the league with Taylor was an attacking linebacker who possessed the strength and speed to make plays anywhere on the field. He was the most disruptive defensive player of his era. During his year career, he was named All-Pro six times —87 and made 10 Pro Bowl appearances —90 seasons. He retired from professional football after the season with career totals of