POMPTON PLAINS, NJ- Lawrence Taylor, two-time Super Bowl winner, ten-time Pro-Bowl linebacker, member of the New York Giants Ring of Honor, and inductee into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, spent 2.5 hours of his Saturday night meeting and greeting fans at All Star Collectibles in Pompton Plains, New Jersey. Approximately 150 fans brought their cherished Giants memorabilia for Taylor to sign: helmets, seat backs, jerseys, footballs, and mini helmets. The first guests excitedly arrived over two hours in advance. Lucky for the fans in line, Angry Dad Tailgate company was in the parking lot providing refreshments. Once inside the store, fans recounted to LT stories of the past, to which he listened intently. One fan even told a story about how he once tried to pick a fight with LT in a bar on route 17!
Once the public signing was finished, LT graciously gave Danielle McCartan of BackSportsPage ten minutes of his time. We discussed the following topics:
0:22: Did you always know you were going to be a Hall-of-Famer?
0:47: His input on former Giants teammates that are nominated for the 2017 NFL HOF class.
1:41: To which current player does he liken himself?
2:30: What was it like being inside of Bill Parcells’ inner circle?
3:36: What is your best Bill Parcells story?
4:29: Did Parcells ever, actually, play football?
4:50: 2nd on all-time sacks list: Do you ever feel cheated that your rookie year sacks were not recorded? (Sacks were not a ‘statistic’ until his second year)
5:29: What advice have you given to the younger Giants players?
6:20: What was Michael Jordan like as a ‘college kid'?
6:43: 2nd overall choice, what was your NFL Draft story?
7:19: What inspired you to make the switch from baseball to football?
7:50: What is your opinion of Tim Tebow switching from pro football to pro baseball?
For all your memorabilia needs, stop by All Star Collectibles, 500 Rt 23, Pompton Plains, NJ. Also, bookmark their Facebook page to stay current on their upcoming events. Prior to hosting Lawrence Taylor, they hosted World Series winning New York Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte in April.