WATCH: Lawrence Taylor, the Giants' crazed dog

Was Lawrence Taylor one of the best ever? Just ask those who coached and played with him.

"It took LT about one practice for everybody to know that he was literally the best player on the field, he was pretty much just unblockable. I remember after one scrimmage saying, 'We have to get him in there … he's starting from Day 1.'" - Bill Belichick, Patriots coach and former Giants defensive coordinator

"He was bigger, faster, stronger than everyone playing his position, so Bill Parcells was redesigning the defense to take advantage of the fact that he has the ultimate weapon. … This guy was the greatest defensive player ever to play." - Beasley Reece, former Giants defensive back

"He will always be identified with 'Let's go out there like a bunch of crazed dogs.' When he got angry, he got angry." - Harry Carson, former Giants linebacker

"He has zero tolerance for bad play. If you were on the field with him your level of play was expected to be very high. … So that was my No. 1 goal: Just don't let him down." - Carl Banks, former Giants linebacker

"He was a really smart football player. He knew what he was doing, he knew what the people around him were doing, and he definitely knew what the offense was doing. … He truly changed the game. The best that ever played." - Belichick

"People say that you're born to play the game of football. I don't know if I was born to play the game of football or not. But of all the things I've done in my life, there is nothing I do better than play the game of football." - Lawrence Taylor

On Sept. 20 at 8 p.m. ET, Showtime brings you a documentary on the life and Hall of Famer career of Lawrence Taylor.

CBS Sports Writer

Ryan Wilson has been an NFL writer for CBS Sports since June 2011, and he's covered five Super Bowls in that time. Ryan previously worked at AOL's FanHouse from start to finish, and Football Outsiders... Full Bio

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