"He really wanted to do it and asked if he could. It means a lot to me," Taylor said Sunday at an autograph-signing and reunion of the Giants' 1990 Super Bowl team.
Taylor, one of the dominant defensive players in NFL history, had thought he would have to choose between his former coach, Bill Parcells, and Giants president Wellington Mara, to present him at the Aug. 7 ceremony in Canton, Ohio.
But his son, Lawrence Taylor Jr., asked him if he could do it, according to The Record of Hackensack, N.J.
"I was talking to Jim Brown recently and he said it's too often that sons really don't care that much about their fathers. That's why I'm really happy T.J. wants to do it," Taylor told the newspaper.
Taylor, who spent 13 seasons with the Giants, also said he no longer is angry about the controversy his personal problems caused over his nomination to the hall. He faces drug charges in New Jersey and Florida and filed bankruptcy papers last year.
"That's all in the past now, and I'm looking forward to the induction," Taylor said. "I really think I deserve to be there."
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