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Lawrence Taylor's Biography

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Lawrence Julius Taylor was born on 4 February 1959, in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Lawrence Taylor was one of the greatest defensive players in the National Football League (NFL).

Lawrence Taylor spent all of his career with the New York Giants and led them to two Super Bowl titles.

Taylor, sometimes known as LT, was the NFL's Rookie of the Year in 1981 and the Most Valuable Player (MVP) in 1986. He was also NFL Defensive Player of the Year on three occasions.

Lawrence Taylor was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1999.

Taylor had a number of drug-related incidents. He admitted to cocaine abuse in 1985. In 1988 he was suspended for 30 days for failing a drug test.

However, LT went on to help the New York Giants win the 1991 Super Bowl, but the following year he suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon and, aged 34, he retired.

Lawrence Taylor entered drug rehab twice in 1995.

He has written two books: Living on the Edge and Over The Edge.

According to the Daily Mail, the books reveal how Lawrence Taylor used to hire prostitutes "to drain the strength from opposing running backs the night before games."

Lawrence Taylor is a keen golfer.

In Dancing with the Stars season 8, Lawrence Taylor partnered Edyta Sliwinska.

They were voted off in week 7.

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