There's a school of thought going around among some columnists and observers that Lawrence Taylor, because of the nature of his current legal problems, should be thrown out of the Hall of Fame.
Of course, you hear this anytime some enshrinee gets in serious trouble. They wanted O.J. Simpson bounced out. In baseball, there were cries to get Ferguson Jenkins out of Cooperstown because of his drug-related trespasses. It's nothing new.
So you tell me, should Taylor be thrown out of Canton?
I'll give you my take on it. The Professional Football Hall of Fame, under its own by-laws, dictates that a player should be voted in strictly and solely by his on-field accomplishments. Their rules leave very little leeway for judging the person. So, given that, I believe Taylor, like Simpson, absolutely should remain enshrined. He is the greatest linebacker to have played the game, not only because of his physical talents, but because he changed the way linebackers are used. Plain and simple, he must stay. He deserved to be a first-ballot Hall-of-Famer when he went in in 1999, and he must stay there now.
By now, you all know I'm not taking the easier stance, given my personal feelings for the man.
What say you?
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