OUTSIDE LINEBACKER 1:
Lawrence Taylor, New York Giants 1981-1993
Lawrence Taylor, selected in the first round of the 1981 NFL Draft, 2nd overall, was the best outside linebacker to play the game. He won the super bowl twice with the Giants, and even won an MVP award. Taylor's awards from the NFL go on for a longer list than what could be possible. He also made 10 pro bowl appearances, was a 3 time defensive player of the year, and even has his number retired with the giants and has their ring of honor. The ring of honor is a very big statement to recieve from a team, like an MVP for your team award. Lawrence Taylor ended his career with the stats of 1,089 tackles, 132.5 sacks, and 9 interceptions. Lawrence Taylor is a Pro Football Hall of Famer, and he couldn't deserve it more.
OUTSIDE LINEBACKER 2:
Derrick Thomas, Kansas City Chiefs 1989-1999
Derrick Thomas was an outside linebacker for the Chiefs his whole career, brought into the league in the first round, 4th overall, and held up the statistics to hold that. Derrick, who never had won a super bowl with the team, still kept a very great statistic list. By the end of his career, he had 642 tackles, 126.5 sacks, 41 forced fumbles, and one interception. Thomas appeared at 9 Pro Bowls, and won defensive rookie of the year. He had his number retired with the Chiefs, which you should know by now is a great achievement. Actually, Thomas has a record with the NFL, seven sacks in one game, which is crazy. Derrick definitely deserves to be on this list.
Ray Lewis, Baltimore Ravens 1996-2012
Ray Lewis, who played a 16 year career, was the best middle linebacker to play the game. Selected in the first round, 26th overall, this man was an absolute monster. He won the Super Bowl twice with the Ravens, and was once the Super Bowl MVP. Ray now has his talents as an NFL TV Analyst, which is something most greats take up as a job offer after their careers are done. Ray finished his career with 2,061 tackles, 41.5 QB sacks, 67 pass deflections, 31 interceptions, 17 forced fumbles, and 3 touchdowns. As a defensive man, this is a great accomplishment. In 2018, this year in fact, he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Ray Lewis is the greatest Middle Linebacker to play the game in this current time.
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