Lawrence Julius Taylor is a former National Football League player born in Williamsburg, Virginia, United States to Clarence Taylor and Iris Taylor. After retiring from the NFL, Lawrence worked as a color commentator on sporting events.
Clarence was a dispatcher at the shipyards in Newport News, Virginia while Iris was a schoolteacher. Lawrence is the eldest of their three sons.
Lawrence is 6’3″ tall. Here are 13 more things about him:
- In 1977, he graduated from Lafayette High School in James City County, Virginia.
- From 1978 to 1981, he attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA where he was a football team captain.
- From 1981 to 1993, he was a linebacker for the NFL team New York Giants. During his professional rookie season from 1981 to 1982, he started using illicit drugs but would pass NFL’s drug tests by submitting his teammates’ urine as his own urine samples.
- In 1987, he tested positive for cocaine and admitted to using it. In 1988, the NFL suspended him for 30 days after failing drug test again. In 1995, he went through drug rehab twice.
- He played Tombstone Packer in “1st & Ten” from 1988 to 1991, D.J. Littlefield in 1992 and Dallas jones in 1993 in “Tropical Heat” and Fury Crenshaw in “Body & Soul” in 2002. He appeared as himself in “The Sopranos” in 2004.
- He won a Vince Lombardi mini statue for the New York Giants’ win at the Super Bowl XXV at the Tampa Stadium in Tampa, Florida, USA on January 27, 1991. In May 2017, he put up the statue for auction.
- In 1996, he totaled his Lexus in a one-car accident and left the scene. He was intoxicated when the car he was driving crashed into a stopped police car in Palm Beach County, Florida on September 2, 2016. In June 2017, he pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of alcohol.
- In 1999, he became eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. In the same year, he played Luther Lavay in “Any Given Sunday.”
- In 2000, he played Lamont in “Shaft” and Dan in “Mercy Streets.” He played 451 in “In Hell” in 2003 and Mayor Donavan in “Storm Cell” in 2019.
- In 2004, he released his autobiography “LT: Over the Edge.”
- Partnered with Edyta Sliwinska, he finished seventh in “Dancing with the Stars” Season 8, which aired on ABC from March 9, 2009 to May 19, 2009. On November 8, 2009, he he was arrested in Miami-Dade County, Florida for leaving the scene of an accident after striking another vehicle with his Cadillac Escalade.
- In May 2010, he was arrested for paying a girl, then 16, $300 to have sex with him at a Holiday Inn in Montebello, New York, USA. He was charged with felony third-degree statutory rape and third-degree patronization. On March 22, 2011, he pleaded guilty to sexual misconduct and patronizing a prostitute on March 22, 2011 and was sentenced to six years probation.
- He was 62 years old when he was arrested on December 17, 2021. Represented by Arthur L. Aidala, he was charged with failure to register as a sex offender.