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Wednesday, November 26, 2003
Taylor discusses cocaine woes in interview

Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Lawrence Taylor had a strategy not found in NFL playbooks: He sent escorts to opponents' hotel rooms the night before a game.

"You know what they like, and what type of women they like, and you just call the service," the Hall of Fame linebacker said in an interview that "60 Minutes" will air Sunday on CBS.

Taylor said the plan was to make sure opposing running backs were not ready for the game. The former New York Giants star said the prank was played on him.

"Knock on the door, you open the door, and you got two beautiful women sitting there, (saying), 'We're for you!' And I'm like, 'You're in the right place,''' he recalled with a laugh.

Taylor, who played 13 seasons with the Giants, was the NFL's MVP in 1986 and a 10-time Pro Bowl selection.

Taylor also spoke in the interview about the years right after his retirement, when cocaine took over his life. He said he reached a low point in the late 1990s.

"I had gotten really bad," he said. "I mean my place was almost like a crack house -- not where you sold it, but I had a lot of stuff in my house."