Taylor, who goes by the initials "LT," was born on February 4, 1959, in Williamsburg, Virginia.
He was an all-star college football player for the Tar Heels at the University of North Carolina.
Taylor was the second overall choice by the New York Giants in the 1981 NFL Draft.
Taylor's 20.5 sacks in a single season set an NFL record that would last for the next 18 years.
He had great success in football despite off-field scandals and personal issues during his career.
Taylor contributed beyond numbers. Offenses' defensive player scouting and game preparation evolved.
In 1999, the Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrined NFL defensive star Lawrence Taylor.