Who Is L.T.?

Robert ZendzianCorrespondent IJanuary 29, 2009

I have a little problem in the NFL world.  Now, I completely understand this is not important and do not waste time saying nicknames do not matter.  I know this. 

There has been for eight years nickname that has sent chills down my spine.  I cannot stand it. Just today, I searched LT on GOOGLE and the first site to pop up was NFL’s profile for LaDainian Tomlinson.  Now, I have an issue.

L.T. is and will remain the nickname of Giant great Lawrence Taylor.  Another note, I do not want to hear how Mr. Taylor was a cocaine addict and sent prostitutes to other team’s hotels.  Again, I know this.  However, what he did on the field is amazing and no one can argue with that.

Two Super Bowl rings,10 Pro Bowls, three AP Defensive Player of the Year awards, and 142 (132.5 officially) career sacks speak for themselves.  

I quote John Madden, “Lawrence Taylor, defensively, has had as big an impact as any player I've ever seen. He changed the way defense is played, the way pass-rushing is played, the way linebackers play and the way offenses block linebackers.”

Now, LaDainian Tomlinson is an outstanding running back.  I have nothing against the man.  However, how can you just throw that LT out there and expect everyone knows whom you are talking about.  It is not fair for Lawrence Taylor and the career he had to just give his nickname to someone else.

LaDainian Tomlinson has not revolutionized the running back position.  He has played it well, but defenses have not had to completely change playbooks because Tomlinson changed how running backs play the game.  Taylor changed the linebacker position.

The first person I think of when I hear LT is Lawrence Taylor.  This should be true for any Giants fan and any NFL fan for that matter.  The sad truth is that it is not.  When L.T. is said, 99 percent of people are thinking of a running back for the San Diego Chargers.

Seriously, give both players their respect.  They both deserve it.  There is no reason to “share” the name L.T.   Call him Dos Uno or Waco (the town in Texas where he played High School ball).  Okay, not great options, but be creative.  Stop with this L.T.

Thank You.