Forget the 13 NFL seasons, 140+ career sacks, 10 Pro Bowls, two Super Bowl rings and spot in the Hall of Fame. Lawrence Taylor owes his popularity solely to Joe Theismann's leg, according to the former Redskins quarterback and man whose career infamously and painfully came to an end in 1985 when Taylor sacked him on Monday Night Football.
"It’s just a shame that that’s the only thing he’s famous for, is breaking my leg," Theismann recently told USA TODAY Sports, albeit in a joking manner. His comment was in response to Taylor saying a few days earlier (also in a lighthearted way) that he actually did the signal caller a favor by taking him out of the league on that play.
"That man was on his way out of football a long time before that," Taylor reportedly said. "Listen, that was going to be his last year. He wasn’t playing very well."
The ex-Redskin went on to admit he's a bit perturbed that, after all of his work on the gridiron, most people remember him because of the night he was injured on national TV. But he then bounced back, and delivered one more cutting remark in the direction of the legendary linebacker.
"I don’t let him stand on my left side, my blind side," he said. "I always make sure he’s in front of me."
Smart move, Joe. Way to learn from your past experiences.