Walking around Lucas Oil Stadium a couple of hours before kickoff at Super Bowl XLVI, one of the most striking things I’ve noticed is the preponderance of Lawrence Taylor jerseys.
The only Giants jersey I’ve seen more times than LT’s is Eli Manning’s, and Manning is actually, you know, in this game. Taylor has been retired since 1993, and yet I’ve seen dozens of Giants fans wearing 56 jerseys today.
Taylor has had more than his share of off-field problems, and there may be some folks who loathe him personally. But based on the jerseys being worn this Super Bowl Sunday, it appears that many fans love him.
When you’re as great a player as Taylor was, you build up a whole lot of good will with your fan base. Taylor’s problems haven’t changed the fact that he’s a beloved figure to many fans of Big Blue.