NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Lawrence Taylor is universally known as the greatest linebacker in the history of the National Football League.
That is rarely, if ever, disputed.
The 10-time Pro Bowler seems to think so.
“Let me tell you: if I was playing with those two guys [Justin Tuck and Osi Umenyiora], I’d have 40 sacks a year and I ain’t kidding you,” Taylor told The Record in an email. “There isn’t a discussion about this collective group. They are clearly the best in football today.”
L.T. also couldn’t resist touting the abilities of defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, who asserted himself as a dominant force last season. The third-year player had a coming-out party in 2011, amassing 86 tackles, two forced fumbles and 16.5 sacks.
Could he someday be the next Taylor?
The second-overall pick in 1981 wouldn’t make such a declarative statement, but he couldn’t help but praise Pierre-Paul for his seemingly unlimited potential.
“I have seen a few games over the past two years and listen, the kid is impressive,” Taylor told The Record. “He has everything that you would draw up for a DE: size, speed, technique. To me those are the key attributes, even more so than brute strength.”
In Taylor’s storied NFL career — spanning 12 years — he accumulated 1,088 tackles, 142 sacks and nine interceptions.
Hypothetically, would L.T. in his prime have his most dominant season if he played alongside Justin Tuck, Osi Umenyiora and Jason Pierre-Paul? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below…