PDA

View Full Version : GIANTS' GREAT LAWRENCE TAYLOR BRINGS FREE FOOTBALL CAMP TO HACKENSACK



RoanokeFan
07-16-2012, 11:50 AM
GIANTS' GREAT LAWRENCE TAYLOR BRINGS FREE FOOTBALL CAMP TO HACKENSACK (http://www.northjersey.com/sports/162549576_Taylor-made_for_Hackensack.html)

"Lawrence Taylor last played in the NFL before any of the 140 kids who
attended his free football camp Friday at Hackensack (/hackensack)
High School were born.

<div id="storybody">

They still greatly appreciated that one of the greatest players in football
history spent an entire day with them.</p>


"It's not every day that you meet a legend like that, where he comes to your
school and does an all-day camp for everyone," said Brandon Davis, who'll be a
senior wide receiver/defensive back for Hackensack (/hackensack)
next season. "It was a good time, a very fun experience."</p>


Former Giants teammates Stephen Baker, Beasley Reese and Odessa Turner joined
Taylor in coaching and counseling campers, as did fellow ex-Giant Tiki
Barber.</p>


The often-embattled Taylor taught and motivated kids Friday, but the
Hall-of-Fame linebacker also encouraged them to make smart decisions. He wants
them to avoid the types of damaging mistakes he has made off the field both
during and after his celebrated career, most of which were the consequence of
abusing alcohol and drugs.</p>


"I was beyond pleased," said new Hackensack (/hackensack) coach
Benjie Wimberly, also a state assemblyman (D-Paterson (/paterson)).
"I was really impressed with how LT dealt with the kids and the fans.</p>


"He was really pleasant and the atmosphere was just really, really positive.
Not to be cliché, but this was just a great teaching moment, to have him talk to
kids about what he has been through, persevering and staying together with his
family."</p>


The camp, which was organized in conjunction with Boys &amp; Girls Clubs of
America, was the idea of two of Taylor's daughters, Paula and Tanisha. They
contacted Wimberly in the spring through a mutual friend just after the former
Paterson (/paterson) Catholic coach took over at Hackensack (/hackensack) and were instrumental in running the camp.</p>


"His daughters and son [T.J.] were unbelievable," said Wimberly, who didn't
hesitate to work with the polarizing Taylor because he felt the camp could help
so many kids. "They did it for their dad, not for notoriety or anything like
that, but because he needs to get out and do these types of things. As good as
it is for the kids to be around him, I think it was somewhat therapeutic for
him, also."</p>


Taylor, 53, has remained mostly out of the spotlight since he pled guilty in
March 2011 to sexual misconduct and patronizing a prostitute misdemeanors after
allegedly paying an underage girl $300 to have sex with him two years ago in a
Suffern, N.Y., hotel room. He received six years probation as part of his plea
agreement.</p>


"Slowly but surely, he is getting his life back," said Wayne (/wayne)'s Mark Lepselter, Taylor's agent. "His life is going
forward. He's had his ups and downs — there's no doubt about that. But he has
regained a lot of stability, the family has held together and his kids are very
much a part of his life, thank God."</p>


Taylor, a Miami resident, was the guest of honor at the Hackensack (/hackensack) Football Pasta Dinner on Thursday night in Little Ferry (/littleferry). He told stories at the fundraiser and at
the camp about all of his fond memories of Hackensack.</p>


He often trained at Hackensack (/hackensack)'s field while he
played for the Giants and lived in <a HREF="/uppersaddleriver">Upper Saddle
River</a>. Little Richard's Restaurant, on nearby First Street, was one of his
favorite eateries.</p>


"It actually brought back so many memories for me because I worked out on
that field back in the day," said Taylor, who wants to conduct the camp again
next year. "My daughters suggested we should do this, and I have to give them
major applause for making it all come together.</p>


"The coaches from Hackensack (/hackensack) High and really
everyone who pitched in, I was extremely appreciative."</p>


The feeling was mutual, especially among the Hackensack (/hackensack) players who are eager to begin the Comets'
first season with Wimberly running the program.</p>


"It definitely motivated us to work harder," said Jordan Coleman, who'll be a
senior running back/linebacker next season. "We want to not just make [Taylor]
proud, but make the rest of the city proud."</p></div>

THE_New_York_Giants
07-16-2012, 11:56 AM
GIANTS' GREAT LAWRENCE TAYLOR BRINGS FREE FOOTBALL CAMP TO HACKENSACK (http://www.northjersey.com/sports/162549576_Taylor-made_for_Hackensack.html)

"Lawrence Taylor last played in the NFL before any of the 140 kids who
attended his free football camp Friday at Hackensack (/hackensack)
High School were born.

<div id="storybody">

They still greatly appreciated that one of the greatest players in football
history spent an entire day with them.</p>


"It's not every day that you meet a legend like that, where he comes to your
school and does an all-day camp for everyone," said Brandon Davis, who'll be a
senior wide receiver/defensive back for Hackensack (/hackensack)
next season. "It was a good time, a very fun experience."</p>


Former Giants teammates Stephen Baker, Beasley Reese and Odessa Turner joined
Taylor in coaching and counseling campers, as did fellow ex-Giant Tiki
Barber.</p>


The often-embattled Taylor taught and motivated kids Friday, but the
Hall-of-Fame linebacker also encouraged them to make smart decisions. He wants
them to avoid the types of damaging mistakes he has made off the field both
during and after his celebrated career, most of which were the consequence of
abusing alcohol and drugs.</p>


"I was beyond pleased," said new Hackensack (/hackensack) coach
Benjie Wimberly, also a state assemblyman (D-Paterson (/paterson)).
"I was really impressed with how LT dealt with the kids and the fans.</p>


"He was really pleasant and the atmosphere was just really, really positive.
Not to be cliché, but this was just a great teaching moment, to have him talk to
kids about what he has been through, persevering and staying together with his
family."</p>


The camp, which was organized in conjunction with Boys &amp; Girls Clubs of
America, was the idea of two of Taylor's daughters, Paula and Tanisha. They
contacted Wimberly in the spring through a mutual friend just after the former
Paterson (/paterson) Catholic coach took over at Hackensack (/hackensack) and were instrumental in running the camp.</p>


"His daughters and son [T.J.] were unbelievable," said Wimberly, who didn't
hesitate to work with the polarizing Taylor because he felt the camp could help
so many kids. "They did it for their dad, not for notoriety or anything like
that, but because he needs to get out and do these types of things. As good as
it is for the kids to be around him, I think it was somewhat therapeutic for
him, also."</p>


Taylor, 53, has remained mostly out of the spotlight since he pled guilty in
March 2011 to sexual misconduct and patronizing a prostitute misdemeanors after
allegedly paying an underage girl $300 to have sex with him two years ago in a
Suffern, N.Y., hotel room. He received six years probation as part of his plea
agreement.</p>


"Slowly but surely, he is getting his life back," said Wayne (/wayne)'s Mark Lepselter, Taylor's agent. "His life is going
forward. He's had his ups and downs — there's no doubt about that. But he has
regained a lot of stability, the family has held together and his kids are very
much a part of his life, thank God."</p>


Taylor, a Miami resident, was the guest of honor at the Hackensack (/hackensack) Football Pasta Dinner on Thursday night in Little Ferry (/littleferry). He told stories at the fundraiser and at
the camp about all of his fond memories of Hackensack.</p>


He often trained at Hackensack (/hackensack)'s field while he
played for the Giants and lived in <a href="/uppersaddleriver">Upper Saddle
River</a>. Little Richard's Restaurant, on nearby First Street, was one of his
favorite eateries.</p>


"It actually brought back so many memories for me because I worked out on
that field back in the day," said Taylor, who wants to conduct the camp again
next year. "My daughters suggested we should do this, and I have to give them
major applause for making it all come together.</p>


"The coaches from Hackensack (/hackensack) High and really
everyone who pitched in, I was extremely appreciative."</p>


The feeling was mutual, especially among the Hackensack (/hackensack) players who are eager to begin the Comets'
first season with Wimberly running the program.</p>


"It definitely motivated us to work harder," said Jordan Coleman, who'll be a
senior running back/linebacker next season. "We want to not just make [Taylor]
proud, but make the rest of the city proud."</p></div>

Hopefully he is getting his s*** together. He has only reconnected with the fans in the last 6 years or so. Maybe he realizes that Giants fans will always love him haha. I spot him on the sidelines of Giants games at least 2 or 3 times a year just hanging out.

RoanokeFan
07-16-2012, 12:04 PM
It may be his way of trying to make things right, to the extent that's possible. Some of the best advice you can get is from someone who's failed.

Toadofsteel
07-16-2012, 12:08 PM
Here's a little bit of video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=poT4i5UnOt4) from the football camp

Cool Papa B.
07-16-2012, 12:33 PM
Here's a little bit of video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=poT4i5UnOt4) from the football camp

LOL LOL LOL...

Well done.

He's trying to get himself back in the good graces of Giants fans.

JMFP2
07-16-2012, 08:04 PM
GIANTS' GREAT LAWRENCE TAYLOR BRINGS FREE FOOTBALL CAMP TO HACKENSACK (http://www.northjersey.com/sports/162549576_Taylor-made_for_Hackensack.html)

"Lawrence Taylor last played in the NFL before any of the 140 kids who
attended his free football camp Friday at Hackensack (/hackensack)
High School were born.

<div id="storybody">

They still greatly appreciated that one of the greatest players in football
history spent an entire day with them.</p>


"It's not every day that you meet a legend like that, where he comes to your
school and does an all-day camp for everyone," said Brandon Davis, who'll be a
senior wide receiver/defensive back for Hackensack (/hackensack)
next season. "It was a good time, a very fun experience."</p>


Former Giants teammates Stephen Baker, Beasley Reese and Odessa Turner joined
Taylor in coaching and counseling campers, as did fellow ex-Giant Tiki
Barber.</p>


The often-embattled Taylor taught and motivated kids Friday, but the
Hall-of-Fame linebacker also encouraged them to make smart decisions. He wants
them to avoid the types of damaging mistakes he has made off the field both
during and after his celebrated career, most of which were the consequence of
abusing alcohol and drugs.</p>


"I was beyond pleased," said new Hackensack (/hackensack) coach
Benjie Wimberly, also a state assemblyman (D-Paterson (/paterson)).
"I was really impressed with how LT dealt with the kids and the fans.</p>


"He was really pleasant and the atmosphere was just really, really positive.
Not to be cliché, but this was just a great teaching moment, to have him talk to
kids about what he has been through, persevering and staying together with his
family."</p>


The camp, which was organized in conjunction with Boys & Girls Clubs of
America, was the idea of two of Taylor's daughters, Paula and Tanisha. They
contacted Wimberly in the spring through a mutual friend just after the former
Paterson (/paterson) Catholic coach took over at Hackensack (/hackensack) and were instrumental in running the camp.</p>


"His daughters and son [T.J.] were unbelievable," said Wimberly, who didn't
hesitate to work with the polarizing Taylor because he felt the camp could help
so many kids. "They did it for their dad, not for notoriety or anything like
that, but because he needs to get out and do these types of things. As good as
it is for the kids to be around him, I think it was somewhat therapeutic for
him, also."</p>


Taylor, 53, has remained mostly out of the spotlight since he pled guilty in
March 2011 to sexual misconduct and patronizing a prostitute misdemeanors after
allegedly paying an underage girl $300 to have sex with him two years ago in a
Suffern, N.Y., hotel room. He received six years probation as part of his plea
agreement.</p>


"Slowly but surely, he is getting his life back," said Wayne (/wayne)'s Mark Lepselter, Taylor's agent. "His life is going
forward. He's had his ups and downs — there's no doubt about that. But he has
regained a lot of stability, the family has held together and his kids are very
much a part of his life, thank God."</p>


Taylor, a Miami resident, was the guest of honor at the Hackensack (/hackensack) Football Pasta Dinner on Thursday night in Little Ferry (/littleferry). He told stories at the fundraiser and at
the camp about all of his fond memories of Hackensack.</p>


He often trained at Hackensack (/hackensack)'s field while he
played for the Giants and lived in <a href="/uppersaddleriver">Upper Saddle
River</a>. Little Richard's Restaurant, on nearby First Street, was one of his
favorite eateries.</p>


"It actually brought back so many memories for me because I worked out on
that field back in the day," said Taylor, who wants to conduct the camp again
next year. "My daughters suggested we should do this, and I have to give them
major applause for making it all come together.</p>


"The coaches from Hackensack (/hackensack) High and really
everyone who pitched in, I was extremely appreciative."</p>


The feeling was mutual, especially among the Hackensack (/hackensack) players who are eager to begin the Comets'
first season with Wimberly running the program.</p>


"It definitely motivated us to work harder," said Jordan Coleman, who'll be a
senior running back/linebacker next season. "We want to not just make [Taylor]
proud, but make the rest of the city proud."</p></div>

Hopefully he is getting his s*** together.* He has only reconnected with the fans in the last 6 years or so.* Maybe he realizes that Giants fans will always love him haha.* I spot him on the sidelines of Giants games at least 2 or 3 times a year just hanging out.*


I wish him luck.....it's never too late to make amends for past mistakes.

fansince69
07-16-2012, 09:27 PM
Mickey Mantle did the same thing toward the end of his life...became a poster child against drinking....look what it did to me kind of thing