NFL Defensive Legend Lawrence Taylor told a crowd at former President Donald Trump’s campaign rally in Wildwood, New Jersey that he became a Republican after meeting 45, despite always having been a Democrat.

“I just wanted to say, I grew up a Democrat and I’ve always been a Democrat until I met this man right here,” Taylor said while pointing to Trump. “He will not have to worry about nobody in my family ever voting for a Democrat again.”

Taylor is widely considered as one of the greatest defensive players in NFL history. He won three NFL Defensive Player of the Year awards and two Super Bowl rings before retiring in 1986. In a rare feat for a defensive player, he was also named the NFL’s Most Valuable Player in 1986.

In Wildwood, Taylor was joined on stage by fellow NFL veteran Ottis Anderson, who also played for the New York Giants. “Don’t you just love that guy? Don’t you just love that guy?” Anderson said. “I tell you, it has been a very exciting day. You guys, not one person left here, you’re still here yelling and screaming.”

The rally attracted nearly 100,000 people to Wildwood, a popular vacation spot on the Jersey shore frequented by residents of southeastern Pennsylvania. Although New Jersey has not voted for a Republican presidential candidate since 1988, Trump has confidently stated his belief that he can secure a win in the state come November.

Trump has a slim lead over President Joe Biden in the average of polls. Trump plans to expand his campaign to more voters in traditionally Democratic strongholds such as New Jersey and neighboring New York.

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