Former Giants linebacker Lawrence Taylor has been selected to the NFL's Super Bowl 50 Golden Team voted on by the Pro Football Hall of Fame Board of Selectors "celebrating the best overall performances in the Super Bowl.
Taylor is the only Giant player selected to the team.
Taylor was an integral part of the Giants' first two Super Bowl victories (XXI and XXV) but really wasn't the star of either game. QB Phil Simms was easily the star of Super Bowl XXI and RB Ottis Anderson was the MVP of XXV.
If you look down the list, you'll see some very familiar names. Some, like several members of the four-time champion Pittsburgh Steelers and Charles Haley (five rings) were chosen for their cumulative efforts. Others are just great players who played in Super Bowls.
DE Reggie White had four sacks in two games just like many others, including Giants DEs Leonard Marshall and Justin Tuck. White had three sacks in one game. So did Marshall. But let's not split hairs.
From the NFL:
The Super Bowl 50 Golden Team roster consists of one quarterback, two running backs, two wide receivers, one tight end, two offensive tackles, two guards, one center, two interior defensive linemen, two defensive ends, two inside linebackers, two outside linebackers, two cornerbacks, two safeties, one kicker, one punter, and one return specialist. One head coach has also been chosen.
The Super Bowl Golden Team includes: 22 Pro Football Hall of Famers: guard Larry Allen, cornerback Mel Blount, defensive tackle Joe Greene, tackle Forrest Gregg, punter Ray Guy, defensive end Charles Haley, outside linebacker Jack Ham, running back Franco Harris, inside linebacker Jack Lambert, safety Ronnie Lott, quarterback Joe Montana, head coach Chuck Noll, wide receiver Jerry Rice, cornerback Deion Sanders, tackle Art Shell, running back Emmitt Smith, wide receiver Lynn Swann, outside linebacker Lawrence Taylor, guard Gene Upshaw, center Mike Webster, defensive tackle Randy White and defensive end Reggie White.
Three Associated Press Most Valuable Players: Montana, Smith and Taylor. Eight Pittsburgh Steelers were selected, the most of any team: Blount, Greene, Ham, Harris, Lambert, Noll, Swann and Webster. Kicker Adam Vinatieri is the only unanimous selection. Vinatieri is also the only active player to be selected.
Head coach: Chuck Noll
QB: Joe Montana; TE: Jay Novacek; RBs (2): Franco Harris, Emmitt Smith; WRs (2): Jerry Rice, Lynn Swann; OTs (2): Art Shell, Forrest Gregg; Center: Mike Webster; Guards: Gene Upshaw, Larry Allen
DEs: Reggie White, Charles Haley; DTs: Randy White, Joe Greene; ILB: Jack Lambert, Ray Lewis; OLB: Jack Ham, Lawrence Taylor; CBs: Deion Sanders, Mel Blount; Safeties: Ronnie Lott, Jake Scott
Kicker: Adam Vinatieri; Returner: Desmond Howard; Punter: Ray Guy