He would have left guard John Ayers swing out and try to catch Taylor coming off the edge. That does not include the 9½ he recorded as a rookie before sacks were an official statistic.
“He changed — or invented —the rush linebacker position while dominating the opposition,” former Bills, Panthers and Colts GM Bill Polian said. In the Giants’ first Super Bowl season in 1986, LT became the first defensive player to be named league MVP in 15 years.
In the final installment of our countdown to the best player ever, we reveal Nos. Running Back, Cleveland Browns, 1957-65 The competition was intense and the achievements were spectacular, but there can only be one player who stands alone at the top of the mountain as the very best player in the 95-year history of the NFL: Jim Brown.
The Cleveland Browns’ fast, bruising running back was voted the greatest player in NFL history by a 15-member blue-ribbon panel commissioned by the Daily News to pick the 50 greatest players of all time.
A ninth-round pick by the Pittsburgh Steelers, he then got cut by the perennial NFL doormats, and ended up working construction and playing semi-pro ball only to land with the Baltimore Colts the next year to lead a dynasty.
Unitas became the model for the modern pro quarterback as the Colts relied on his strong arm to become a pass-first team.
Brown instead retired at age 30 with one year left on a two-year contract that paid him $60,000 per year. “Well, he dominated more than any quarterback has, and he did it in a time when the running game was everything. It’s often hard to project how players from different eras would do today, but Brown would have been unstoppable now, too.
“I am leaving the Cleveland Browns with an attitude of friendliness and cooperation,” Brown said at a news conference in London in 1966. He was as big as a linebacker, as fast as a receiver. He averaged 104.3.” Brown finished in the top five on every ballot. Linebacker, New York Giants, 1981-93 Lawrence Taylor changed the game, and despite so many attempts by LT wannabes, there will never be another one quite like him.
He retired with 12,312 yards, which at the time was the most in history. He is one of the greatest athletes in sports history. I., when he was 8 years old, became a star at Manhasset High School and later as a football and lacrosse legend at Syracuse.
In the NFL, he was a three-time MVP and unanimous first-team All-NFL eight times.
Packers receiver Don Hutson is the only other player to receive more than one first-place vote: Peter King of NBC Sports and the editor-in-chief of The MMQB.com, and Pro Football Hall of Fame vice president Joe Horrigan had him first.
Quarterback, Baltimore Colts 1956-72, San Diego Chargers 1973 The legend of Johnny U is unparalleled in football history.
He was 6-2, 232, a nightmare for defenses, and led the league in rushing eight times.