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STAR WARZ: LAWRENCE TAYLOR VS. J.J. WATT

STAR WARZ: LAWRENCE TAYLOR VS. J.J. WATT
Match-Up: Lawrence Taylor vs. J.J. Watt The War: Who’s the better player? Match-Up Preview: Two of the greatest defensive players of all-time and pop culture icons go head to head. Lawrence Taylor is an NFL hall of famer, who terrorized quarterbacks for 12 seasons as a NY Giant.  J.J. Watt has only been in the NFL for 4 years and is already a 2-time NFL defensive player of the year. L.T. is a New York god, bringing 2 super bowl rings to the empire state building during his career. J.J. is already a Texas legend, but is only scratching the surface of what he can really do. Today, Kaboom! Magazine.com “Star Warz” goes in-depth into both of the careers of Lawrence Taylor and J.J. Watt to find out the answer to arguably one of the toughest question in NFL history…….who’s the better player? Tale of the Tape: lawrence-taylor-017048356 Lawrence Taylor AKA: L.T. Pos: Linebacker Height: 6’3” Weight: 237 College: North Carolina NFL Team: NY Giants Career Highlights: 1981 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year,10× Pro Bowl selection, 10× All-Pro selection, 2× Super Bowl champion, 1986 NFL MVP, 1986 NFL Sack Leader, 3× AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year, NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time Team, NFL 1980s All-Decade Team, New York Giants No. 56 retired, Member of the New York Giants Ring of Honor, Ranked 3rd by The Top 100: NFL’s Greatest Players. Strengths: Entering the league as the No. 2 overall pick in 1981, Lawrence Taylor is arguably the greatest defensive player of all time. L.T. the only defensive player ever to win league’s MVP in 1986 and the only 3x Defensive Player of the Year winner. He changed the way the game was played as offenses had to create new blocking schemes in order to account for him, specifically; in every play he was involved. The 2-point stance that many OT’s take in this day and age was not used before L.T. began playing. His speed and power forced offensive lineman to look for any potential edge to stay in front of him. He also essentially shut down half of the field when it comes to the running game. Taylor been described as one of the most “feared” and “intimidating” players in NFL history. Weakness: On the field, Lawrence Taylor was unstoppable, but off the field, L.T. couldn’t stop getting into trouble. Taylor has lived a controversial lifestyle, during and after his playing career. He admitted to using drugs such as cocaine as early as his second year in the NFL, and was suspended several times by the league for failing drug tests. i J.J. Watt AKA: J.J. Pos: Defensive End Height: 6’5” Weight: 289 College: Wisconsin NFL Team: Houston Texans Career Highlights: 3× Pro Bowl selection, 3× 1st Team All-Pro selection, 2× AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year, 2× AFC Defensive Player of the Year, 2012 NFL Sack Leader, 2014 NFL MVP Runner-Up, 2014 NFL Pro Bowl Defensive MVP, Ranked #1 in the NFL Top 100 Players of 2015, & 1st defensive player with multiple 20+ sack seasons. Strengths: Not since the minister of defense NFL legend Reggie White has a player come into the league and made himself a one-man show-stopper like J.J. Watt. When the Houston Texans selected him 11th overall in 2010 NFL draft, Watt immediately turned a paper-thin defense into a super bowl title-contending defense. Watt in only four seasons has already done twice what most defenders want to do once in their career and that account for over 20 sacks in a single-season. In the rare occasion in which he is not able to generate a pass rush, he is just as dangerous batting down passes with his velociraptor-like wingspan, giving him the nickname “J.J. Swatt.” From snap to whistle, Watt plays like a bull in a china shop, pursuing quarterbacks and runners in the backfield. Weakness: Jevon Kearse, Albert Haynesworth, Brain Bosworth, and Glenn Dorsey just to name a few. Many young NFL players have entered the league like a one-of-a-kind force of nature, only for their bodies and minds to be too fragile to live up to the impossible hype.  At the rate J.J. Watt is going, he will be the fastest to 100 career sacks in league history. You can easily put money on Watt that he will end his career as the NFL all-time sack leader, but we have said this same statement about other young stars many times before.  Only weakness J.J. Watt has is the question of can he maintain the early mega success that he’s already had his entire career. Only time will tell. TENNESSEE TITANS VS. HOUSTON TEXANS And the winner is……: Both men revolutionized not only their positions, but the game as whole. Both you could say are talents that only come along once every generation and if you put both players on the field at the same with no other defensive players, they would still shut down any offense past or present. A defensive coordinator would have no problem having the No. 1 defense with just one of these players. But if we were starting a defense and could only pick one of these two megastars, than we would have no problem picking……J.J. Watt. Both men can rush the quarterback no man ever before with a slight edge going to L.T., but after that, J.J. is overall the better athlete and defensive player. He’s bigger, stronger, faster, and plays every down like it is his last. Watt could stop playing tomorrow and his current career stats alone have already made him a first-ballot hall of famer. When he on the field, it’s like watching the Incredible Hulk get angry, only this is one Hulk you’ll defiantly like when he gets angry. Do you Agree or Disagree with Kaboom! Magazine.com? Voice your opinion right now on this edition of “StarWarz” by leaving a comment at the bottom.