New York Giants: 30 greatest players in franchise history

Eli Manning, New York Giants. Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images
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Lawrence Taylor, New York Giants
Lawrence Taylor, New York Giants. Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images /

1981-93. Lawrence Taylor. 1. player. 31. . Outside Linebacker

Was there really any other choice for this spot? I’m sure a brave few will try to make the case for others, but in terms of natural talent and overall impact, there’s never been a greater player to don a Giants jersey than Lawrence Taylor.

An absolute monster at outside linebacker, he revolutionized the edge rusher role in the NFL.

With a nearly unprecedented mixture of athleticism, power, and pure pass-rushing talent, Taylor routinely made life miserable for opposing quarterbacks and offensive coordinators.

That’s shown by his 132.5 career sacks, which would have been higher. Keep in mind that the NFL didn’t record sacks as an official stat until his sophomore season in 1982

Want more from his résumé? How about 10 Pro Bowl selections, 10 All-Pro honors, and being chosen as one of only two defensive players in NFL history to win the MVP award.

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Taylor was a man among boys during his time in the league. His play off the edge brought about the value of the blindside blocker, and forced teams to invest more in protecting their quarterbacks. And let’s not forget the two Super Bowls he helped bring to the Big Apple during his time with the Giants.