Lawrence Taylor: The Pain Game May Have Been My Greatest Moment

Lawrence Taylor, perhaps the greatest defensive player of all time, dropped by Sunday Morning Football to discuss his career, including “The Pain Game.” Yes, in 1988, Taylor, with the use of one arm, led the Giants to a 13-12 road win over the New Orleans Saints.

Taylor, who played with a torn muscle in his right shoulder, had three of the Giants five sacks that night.

“I’m not saying (that’s) my greatest day, but I think it was a great performance,” Taylor told Damon Amendolara. “What really made me happy about it was that after the game, Bill (Parcells) came to me, looked me dead in the eye, put his hand on my shoulder and said, ‘Man, that was one of the greatest performances I’ve ever seen.’ I’ve always remembered that, and I was really appreciative of him saying something like that.”

Why would Taylor, 57, still remember one comment after one game from nearly three decades ago? It’s simple.

“Bill doesn’t give a lot of compliments,” Taylor said, laughing. “But he gave me one that day.”

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