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Lawrence Taylor says modern NFL has gone 'soft'

Lawrence Taylor, left, and Bill Parcells talk during

Lawrence Taylor, left, and Bill Parcells talk during the first half of a game between the Giants and Denver Broncos. (Sept. 15, 2013) Credit: AP

So Tuesday I spoke to Lawrence Taylor both on the phone and later in person regarding the Showtime documentary about him – “LT: The Life & Times’’ – that premieres Friday.

More about that later in the week, but for now here is his colorful – if predictable – response when I asked him what he thinks of the way rules have changed in the name of player safety and whether he could have adapted to them.

“I think the game now has evolved; I don’t know if that’s good or bad,’’ he said. “It used to be a game where it was not for the weak at heart. It wasn’t for the weak of mind.

“The problem with it now is it’s making it a game where everybody can play . .  That’s why they don’t have football during gym class, because it’s not a game everybody can play. . . . With the rules and things, and the way you have to play soft.’’

Taylor was particularly offended by rules protecting defenseless receivers.

“They don’t know how much of a difference it makes when a wide receiver is coming across the middle and he doesn’t have to worry about an intimidating hit,’’ he said. “They can’t target him. They have to go for the ball . . . Everybody can be a Jerry Rice if you’re going to do it that way.

“If you can’t get hit or can’t get targeted coming across the middle, that just doesn’t make any sense.”


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