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Lawrence Taylor


1959 Born February 4 in Williamsburg, Virginia, to Clarence and Iris Taylor
1968 Writes down that he wants to be famous and a millionaire before age of 30
1968 Starts Little League football, but mother decides it's too dangerous, signs him up for baseball instead
1973 Picks up game of football as high school junior
1977 Begins college football career at University of North Carolina
1981 Picked second overall in NFL draft by the NY Giants
1982 Marries Linda Cooley
1984 Investigation by NFL of Taylor's friendship with New Jersey bar owner Vinnie Rabo
1985 Ordered by North Carolina judge to buy house for former girlfriend and pay child support
1985 Ends Joe The isman's career by breaking his leg in nationally televised Monday Night Football game
1986 Enters rehabilitation program for drug abuse
1986 Emerges from treatment and has best season of his career
1986 Leads Giants to their first Super Bowl victory
1987 Crosses the NFL players association picket line during a strike
1987 Tests positive for drugs and suspended for four games
1990 Recovers from drug addiction, leads Giants to their second Super Bowl victory
1993 Announces his retirement at the end of the season
1994 Sees his jersey, #56, retired by the NY Giants
1995 Signed by WWF to battle 390 pound Bam Bam Biegelow in feature match of Wrestlemania XI
1999 Inducted into Pro Football Hall of Fame
1999 Plays part of Luther "Shark" Lavay in Oliver Stone football film Any Given Sunday

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