Lawrence Taylor Says He 'Went Apes--t' When Bill Belichick Was Made Giants DC

Jenna CiccotelliAnalyst IJanuary 27, 2021

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick during an NFL football game against the New York Jets, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Stew Milne)
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Bill Belichick has praised his former star Lawrence Taylor in the past, going so far as to call him "the greatest defensive football player in the history of the game." 

But that respect wasn't mutual, at least to start.

On The Boardroom: Out of Office, Taylor revealed he was concerned about Belichick's quick rise from assistant special teams coach to defensive coordinator of the New York Giants (via Jordan Cohn of Radio.com)

"The next year, he's special teams coach, and then the third year, (Bill) Parcells becomes the head coach and he makes ... Belichick the defensive coordinator," he said. "And I went apes--t. I went up to him and I said, 'Ain't no way! Ain't no way!'" 

First impressions aside, Taylor said his former coach "turned out to be one of the best coaches in history," so there's some admiration on both sides these days. 


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