Athlete Number 56 - Lawrence Taylor

Guessing who was going be the best athlete to wear number 56 is like guessing who the best athlete to ever wear number 99 is. Still, let's take a look at that athlete, L.T., Lawrence Taylor. Taylor, who played his entire career with the New York Football Giants, was a fierce, intense, talented linebacker. He may be the best to ever play the position. He had such speed when he lined up outside the defensive tackle that blocking backs often had trouble picking him up. In fact, he even made the 49ers change the way linebackers were usually picked up on blitzes, by forcing them to have an offensive lineman pick Taylor up. L.T. is also credited with Joe Gibbs' utilization of the two tight end offense. Taylor was ranked as the number four linebacker of all-time by the Sporting News in 1999. He is a Hall of Famer and his number 56 has been retired by the Giants. A few more of L.T.s accomplishments:

  • 10-time Pro Bowler

  • 1986 NFL MVP

  • NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year (1981)

  • Two-time Super Bowl Champion (1986 and 1990)

  • NFL Defensive Player of the Year (1981 and 1982)

  • 1983 and 1986 UPI NFC Player of the Year

  • 132.5 "official" career sacks

  • 1,088 career tackles

  • Member of NFL's 75th Anniversary All-Time Team

Did you know.......L.T. would have 141.5 sacks if the statistic was officially recorded in his rookie year?
(photo courtesy of

Stumble Upon Toolbar


  1. Anonymous10:12 PM

    This guy redefined the position - great pick! He also made the number 56 synonomous with greatness, every up and coming linebacker wants it. It's like what MJ did to 23.

  2. edouble10:12 AM

    Yeah, it's amazing what you can do when you have a quarter kilo in your system!

  3. LT all the way, honorable mention Joe Schmidt

  4. Anonymous10:19 PM

    derrick thomas a shot too ?

  5. Anonymous3:27 AM

    This is THE LT. That other LT that plays on the Chargers suck major balls in comparison to THE LT.

  6. the 4th best lb in history? possibly the best player in nfl history. vastly underated because of his off field conduct. he made offensive linemen twice his size double team him because of his speed and aggression

    1. Yeah, any list that has him as the 4th best LB is insane. He was WITHOUT A DOUBT (no offense to Butkus) the best LB of all time. Very arguably the best defensive player of all time. Possibly the best athlete to ever play football, although it's hard to compare offense and defense.

    2. Anonymous3:14 PM

      While I am not a fan of the Giants, I have to agree with you. 4th best LB of all time? Ridiculous. I believe that Lawrence Taylor is the best NFL defender of all time.

      John Mayo

  7. which in turn made people like carl banks and pepper johnson household names

  8. Anonymous11:42 AM

    buehrle anyone

  9. Anonymous10:42 AM

    The only player to actually change the way offenses scheme for a game and had to be accounted for on every play

  10. Anonymous12:41 PM

    L.T. was the guy that made back side offencive tackles the second highest paid player on a football team. Does the hit on Joe Tiesman ring a bell.

  11. Anonymous6:56 PM

    dont give anyone a shot he is the best

  12. Anonymous2:10 PM

    LT had to be accounted for in every offense that opposed Big Blues defense. He redefined the position and his tenacity and fierceness will never be duplicated. At least with his level of talent and football IQ. Great choice.

    1. Agreed. He just might be the best defensive player in the history of professional football.


Search For Athletes



.366 0 00 07 1 10 100 points 100% 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 2 20 2010 NFL Draft 2011 2013 208 21 215 22 23 24 25 256 26 27 28 29 3 30 31 32 327 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 4 40 406 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 49ers 5 50 51 511 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 6 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 7 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 76ers 77 78 79 8 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 9 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 ABA adam dunn Adam Foote aikman ALDS Alex English Amani Toomer Andrew Lang Andy Pettitte angels Arkansas asham astros athletics atlanta avalanche baa Baltimore Barry Cofield barry sanders Bart Oates Bearcats bears bednarik best athlete Best Dallas Cowboys By The Numbers Best Giants By The Numbers Best NBA Athletes By The Numbers Best New York Giants By The Numbers best videos Big East Big Ten Bill Laimbeer Bill Russell bills Billy Cundiff Biron blackhawks blue jackets blue jays blues bob gainey Bob Lanier Bob Tucker bonds boston boston bruins boston celtics Brad Daluiso bradford Brandon Jacobs braves Brett Favre brewers Brian Urlacher brodeur broncos brooklyn Brooklyn Nets browns bruins bucaneers Buckeyes bucks buffalo bulls BYU calder calgary Calvin Hill canada canadiens canucks capitals cardinals Carmelo Anthony carolina Cary Blanchard Cavaliers Cedric Jones Celtics center fielder chargers Charlie Conerly cheifs chicago Chicago Bears Chicago Bulls chiefs Chris Boniol Chris Bosh Chris Paul Cincinnati clemente Cleveland Cleveland Cavaliers clippers College Basketball College Football colorado Colorado Avalanche colts columbus cornell cornerback Cornerbacks cowboys coyotes cubs D'Angelo Russell dallas Dallas Cowboys Dallas Mavericks dallas stars Damian Lillard Dan Bailey Dan Reeves Danny White Darren Woodson dave cowens Dave Jennings David Diehl David Tyree DeAndre Jordan Deion Sanders demitra Dennis Rodman Denver denver nuggets DePaul Derrick Rose Derrick Ward detroit detroit falcons Detroit Pistons detroit red wings devil rays devils diamondbacks Dick Lynch Dirk Nowitzki ditka dodgers dolphins Don Meredith Doug Gilmour dryden drysdale ducks dunk of the night Dwayne Wade eagles edmonton Elam Elgin Baylor Eli Manning emmitt smith Ernie Koy esposito expos falcons favre fields fisk Five flames fleury florida Florida State Flyers Frank Ferrara Frank Gifford free hockey card games Gary Reasons gehrig Generals George Martin georgetown georgia Georgia Tech giants Giants By The Numbers Giatns By The Numbers glavine goalie goals Golden State Warriors gossage green bay packers Greg Ostertag grizzlies guy lafleur Hakeem Olajuwon hall of fame halladay hank aaron Harry Carson hartford harvey hawks heat henderson Herschel Walker heyward hhof hockey hockey hall of fame hockey top 10 hockeywks hoffman home runs Homer Jones housley houston Houston Rockets howard Howard Cross howe hughes hurricanes Iginla Ike Hilliard Illinois indiana Indiana Pacers indians Isaiah Canaan Isaiah Thomas Islanders J.J. Reddick J.R. Smith J.T. Turner jackie robinson Jackson jaguars James Butler Jaromir Jagr Jason Kidd Jason Terry Jay Alford jazz Jeff Feagles Jeff Hostetler Jeremy Roenick Jeremy Shockey Jerry Rhome jersey number of the day Jerseys Jessie Armstead jeter jets jim brown Jim Burt Jim McMahon Joe Morris John Elway John Havlicek John Wall johnson jokinen jones jordan Jorge Podada Josh Smith Jumbo Elliott kansas city Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Kevin Dockery kevin durant Kevin Love Kevin Smith kings knicks Kobe Bryant Kristaps Porzingis Kyle Korver Kyle Lowry Kyrie Irving l.a. lakers lalime lambert larmer Lawrence Taylor lebron LeBron James lee left wing lemieux Leonard Marshall Lew Alcindor lightning links Lionel Manuel lions los angeles Los Angeles Lakers Louisville madden magic maple leafs mariners Mark Aguirre Mark Collins Mark Haynes Mark Herzlich Mark Ingram marlins Marquette marshall faulk Mathias Kiwanuka Matthew Dellavedova mavericks mays Mel Renfro mets mexico miami miami heat Michael Jordan Michael Strahan mighty ducks mike bossy Mike Saxon Mike Singletary mikita Milwaukee Bucks minnesota missouri state Missouri Valley Conference mlb montreal moose MVP Nathan MacKinnon nba NCAA NCAA Football nets New England new jersey New Mexico new orleans new york New York Giants new york islanders New York Knicks New York Mets new york rangers New York Yankees newsome NFC nfl NFL a nhl nordiques nordiquesques north stars Northwestern University Notre Dame Number 0 Number 00 Number 1 Number 10 Number 11 Number 12 Number 13 Number 14 Number 15 Number 16 Number 17 Number 18 Number 19 Number 2 Number 20 Number 21 Number 22 Number 23 Number 24 number 25 Number 26 Number 27 number 28 Number 29 number 3 Number 31 Number 32 Number 33 Number 34 Number 35 Number 37 Number 39 Number 4 Number 40 Number 41 number 45 Number 5 Number 53 Number 54 number 6 Number 7 Number 8 Number 9 Number 91 Number 92 Number 93 Number 94 Number 95 Number 96 Number 97 Number 98 Number 99 October Ohio State oilers one orioles orlando orr Ottis Anderson ovechkin pacers packers padres panthers Patriots Pavel Bure pedro pedro martinez pena penguins penn state Pete Maravich pettitte Peyton Manning Phil Simms philadelphia phillies phoenix photos Piazza pirates pistons pitcher pittsburgh Pittsburgh Steelers plante Plaxico Burress playoffs point guards porter portland potvin Power Memorial High School predators Providence College pujols quarterbacks quebec Rafael Septien raiders Rajon Rondo rams Randy Johnson rangers raptors Raul Allegre ravens Ray Flaherty rays Razorbacks record Records red sox red wings reds redskins Reggie Miller Retired Numbers richer Rick Barry Rob Carpenter robitaille rockets rodgers Rodney Hampton Roger Staubach Ron Artest Ron Widby Roosevelt Brown roy Roy Williams royals running backs russell Russell Westbrook russia Rutgers sabathia sabres sacramento Saint Mary's saints san antonio san diego san francisco san jose sandy koufax sayers Seahawks Sean Landeta seattle Senators Serge Ibaka Seton Hall sharks sixers soviet union spurs St. John's st. louis st. louis blues Stanford Cardinal stanley cup stars steelers Steve Beurlein Steve Pelluer Steve Smith stoudemire suns super bowl super sonics supersonics sweeden Syracuse syracuse nationals tampa bay Tashard Choice Tennessee terrell davis texas Texas Rangers thrashers thunder tickets tigers Tight Ends Tiki Barber titans tom seaver Tony Dorsett Tony Romo toronto Toronto Raptors Tracy McGrady trail blazers trailblazers Trevor Ariza Troy Aikman Tuffy Leemans twins ucla UCLA Bruins UConn University of Arizona University of Oklahoma utah vanbiesbrouck vancouver Vancouver Canucks vezina Victor Oladipo videos vikings Villanova Walt Garrison walter payton warriors washington Washington Wizards Washinton State whalers white sox wide receivers Wildcats willie mays Willis Reed Wilt Chamberlain winnipeg winter classic World Series Y.A. Tittle yankees yogi berra Youngblood yzerman Zak DeOssie Zeke Mowatt