You ever read a headline of an article, and open it because of how dumb it is? Yeah that’s what happened when I read what Maurice Jones-Drew said the other day.
NFL Network asked some of their insiders who were the best defensive players of all time following Aaron Donald’s massive contract extension. Every other insider had LT as number 1 except Maurice Jones-Drew. He ranked Deion Sanders 1, Aaron Donald 2, and LT 3. Now both the guys ahead of Taylor are amazing football players no doubt, and I think if Donald keeps up his current pace he has a chance to surpass Taylor, but their accolades don’t match up to Taylor’s right now.
Now, I never watched Deion or LT but I don’t need too because of what everyone else who has watched them says. No one denies that Deion was the best cornerback of all time, but if you ask someone who watched LT to describe how good he was, they say there’s no one even close. I mean Bill Belichick has been coaching for 40 plus years and practically laughs in anyone’s face who tries to put someone in the same ballpark as LT. The accolades also clearly favor Lawrence Taylor.
Lawrence Taylor Deion Sanders
-1986 NFL MVP -1 Time DPOY
-3 Time DPOY -6 Time 1stTeam All-Pro
-8 Time 1stTeam All-Pro -2 Time 2ndTeam All-Pro
-2 Team 2ndTeam All-Pro -8x Pro-Bowl
-10x Pro-Bowl -2 Time Super Bowl Champion
-2-Time Super Bowl Champion
I mean, no disrespect to Deion Sanders, but LT has him in every category and played 1 less season then primetime. Now, I’m sure some people will say that corner is a much more difficult position which is a valid argument but at the same time Lawrence Taylor changed the way offenses play football in terms of blocking edge rushers. The Watts, Bosas, Khalil Macks, and any other edge rusher you want to name wouldn’t be here without L freaking T. Now, Donald is on track to maybe eventually surpass Lawrence Taylor. Let’s compare their accolades.
Lawrence Taylor Aaron Donald
-1986 NFL MVP -3 Time DPOY
-3 Time DPOY -7 Time 1stTeam All-Pro
-8 Time 1stTeam All-Pro -8 Time Pro Bowl
-2 Team 2ndTeam All-Pro -1 Time Super Bowl Champion
I still don’t think Donald is at LT’s level but if he continues on the pace that he is then he could very well have a case. The impressive thing about Donald is similar to Prime Time’s in that he plays defensive tackle which is a position that does not make it easy to attain the accolades that he has.
You can honestly argue between Donald and Sanders to who is the second best defensive player of all time, but there ain’t no question who the G.O.A.T is. Donald has time to strengthen his case and overtake Taylor, but that’s in the future.
Maurice Jones-Drew, put some damn respect on LT’s name.