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Lawrence Taylor named to "Super Bowl 50 Golden Team"

Posted Jan 28, 2016

Hall of Fame LB Lawrence Taylor was named by the Board of Selectors to the "Super Bowl 50 Golden Team"

The Super Bowl turns 50 next Sunday.

In keeping with the yearlong celebration of its golden anniversary, the Pro Football Hall of Fame Board of Selectors has chosen the “Super Bowl 50 Golden Team” in recognition of the best overall career performances in the big game, the NFL announced today.

Giants great Lawrence Taylor is the franchise’s lone representative on the roster as he and fellow Hall of Famer Jack Ham of the 1970s Steelers dynasty are listed as the two outside linebackers.

“The Super Bowl 50 Golden Team is an amazing list of incredible individuals,” Pro Football Hall of Fame Executive Vice President Joe Horrigan said. “Each name conjures up memories of some of the sport’s greatest games showcased on its biggest platform, the Super Bowl stage.

“Unforgettable individual performances like Lynn Swann’s acrobatic catches in Super Bowl X or Joe Montana’s come-from-behind game winning drive in Super Bowl XXIII are forever etched in the collective memories of football fans and celebrated as some of the most inspiring moments in the history of the National Football League.”

Taylor is one of 22 Hall of Famers on the roster as well as one of three Associated Press Most Valuable Players (San Francisco quarterback Joe Montana and Dallas running back Emmitt Smith are the others). Taylor, who is the last defensive player to earn MVP honors, picked up the award in 1986, the season the Giants went on to claim their first Lombardi Trophy before picking up their second four years later.

In those title games, Taylor led a defense that kept John Elway and the Broncos to 20 points in Super Bowl XXI and Jim Kelly and the Bills to 19 points in Super Bowl XXV.

The Steelers led the Golden Team with eight selections: Ham, cornerback Mel Blount, defensive tackle Joe Greene, running back Franco Harris, inside linebacker Jack Lambert, wide receiver Lynn Swann, center Mike Webster, and Chuck Noll, who was picked as the head coach.



SUPER BOWL 50 GOLDEN TEAM
   
OFFENSE
QUARTERBACK (1)   TIGHT END (1)
Joe Montana   Jay Novacek
     
RUNNING BACKS (2)   WIDE RECEIVERS (2)
Franco Harris   Jerry Rice
Emmitt Smith   Lynn Swann
     
OFFENSIVE TACKLES (2)   CENTER (1)
Art Shell   Mike Webster
Forrest Gregg    
     
GUARDS (2)   HEAD COACH (1)
Gene Upshaw   Chuck Noll
Larry Allen  
 
DEFENSE
DEFENSIVE ENDS (2)   INTERIOR LINEMEN (2)
Reggie White   Joe Greene
Charles Haley   Randy White
 
CORNERBACKS (2)   SAFETIES (2)
Mel Blount   Ronnie Lott
Deion Sanders   Jake Scott
 
OUTSIDE LINEBACKERS (2)   INSIDE LINEBACKERS (2)
Lawrence Taylor   Jack Lambert
Jack Ham   Ray Lewis
  
SPECIALISTS
KICKER (1)   RETURN SPECIALIST (1)
Adam Vinatieri   Desmond Howard
   
PUNTER (1)    
Ray Guy