When asked who you’d pick to build an NFL team around, most people would name a quarterback- perhaps Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Aaron Rodgers, etc.
But not Bill Parcells. When asked who the first player he’d pick when building a new franchise, Parcells eschewed big-name passers for perhaps the most dominant defensive player of all time- Lawrence Taylor.
“If you had the chance to start your NFL team with any player you’ve ever seen, coached, coached against,” FOXSports.com’s Peter Schrager asked, “who would be that one player in NFL history you’d start your team with?”
“There are priority positions in this game, quarterback is one of those, so I consider that,” Parcells began. “But if you’re pinning me down — I’m a little prejudiced – I think I’d take Lawrence Taylor.”
It’s hard to fault Parcells for such a choice. He had the unique experience of coaching “LT” during his glory days, when the famed Giants linebacker won three NFL Defensive Player of the Year Awards, made 10 Pro Bowls and was named to 10 All-Pro teams. Parcells and Taylor won two Super Bowls together (1986 and 1990). For his career, Taylor racked up over 1,000 tackles and notched 132.5 sacks.
So you can keep your Joe Montanas, Troy Aikmans or Brett Favres. Bill Parcells would take Lawrence Taylor any day of the week if he had to build a new team.