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Gene Wang

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Sainthood Not Required

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Players who have tested positive for banned substances already are in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Lawrence Taylor can tell you that in person.

Taylor was the most dominant linebacker of his generation, and perhaps the best of all-time. He is the standard by which all those who play outside linebacker are measured. He changed the game as much as any player in pro football history.

He also battled addiction when he was at the height of his football greatness. Taylor's cocaine habit was well-documented, and the NFL suspended him for 30 days in 1988 for failing a drug test.

Taylor continued to fight the disease into his retirement, when he was arrested three times for drug possession. He got clean in 1998, and one year later, he was enshrined in Canton, although I'm told by several voters on that panel that the debate was especially heated.

Regardless, the voters did the right thing by granting him entrance into the Hall. Sainthood isn't a criterion for enshrinement into Canton, nor should it be for any sports hall of fame.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame without LT would be a like Cooperstown without Pete Rose, baseball's all-time hits leader. That would never happen, right?

By Gene Wang  |  July 31, 2009; 11:16 AM ET  | Category:  Gene Wang , Steroids Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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