Today in Sports History: April 12

By Jonah Sharf

On April 12, 1981, the New York Giants selected linebacker Lawrence Taylor with the second pick in the NFL Draft. LT was named NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year, leading the Giants to their first playoff appearance since 1963. Taylor played with the Giants his entire Hall of Fame career, and in 1986 became the first defensive player since 1971 to earn an NFL MVP award, recording 20.5 sacks. LT finished his career with 10 Pro Bowl selections, 8 All-Pro selections, and helped lead the Giants to two Super Bowls during his career—he is widely considered the greatest linebacker to ever play the game.

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