Retired New York Giants legend and Pro Football Hall of Famer, Lawrence Taylor, is widely known as one of the greatest players of all-time.
Never was that more evident than in 1986 when Taylor set the then-NFL record with 20.5 sacks in a single season and became just the second defensive player in league history to walk home with the MVP award.
But of the 52 MVP seasons (soon to be 53) in NFL history, where does Taylor’s rank among the best?
Adam Rank of NFL Network recently pondered that exact question and subsequently broke down each MVP season from worst to best. And as expected, Taylor was right up there with the very best, just missing out on the top 10.
11) 1986: Lawrence Taylor, LB, New York Giants. Just the second defensive player in NFL history to win MVP honors, Taylor set an NFL record at the time with 20.5 sacks for a Giants team that dominated the Broncos in Super Bowl XXI.
Unsurprisingly, Taylor’s 1986 MVP season was ranked higher than the only other defender on the list, Minnesota’s Alan Page in 1971, arguably making it the greatest season for a defensive player in NFL history.
Those that were ranked ahead of Taylor (from Dan Marino to Payton Manning to Kurt Warner) are hard to argue with, but the debate could be had that L.T. deserves to be higher on the list.
What do you think, Giants fans? Do you feel Taylor’s MVP season of 1986 was one of the greatest of all-time or do you feel his No. 11 ranking is about right?