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The undrafted Giants free agent linebacker out of North Carolina smiled when he read the text to The Post from Lawrence Taylor: 

“I know he’s hard core and not being drafted will make him work harder. He is a solid player from what I’ve seen!!” 

“That means a lot coming from him,” Tomon Fox told The Post. “He’s a well-respected guy. He has respect for me, I got respect for him, so that just means a lot.” 

He met The Greatest Before the Tar Heels’ Sept. 11 blowout of Georgia State at Kenan Memorial Stadium. 

“I actually met him before the game,” Fox recalled, “I was walking through the weight room, and I was like, ‘Oh, is that LT?’ And we chopped it up a bit.” 

Fox recorded nine sacks last season to finish with 30. He passed LT (21) on the North Carolina career sacks list to move into third place behind Greg Ellis (32.5) and Julius Peppers (30.5). 

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“He just let me know that despite me beating his record or whatever, he got his in like two years or whatever he said, he just let me know that he still reigns king,” Fox said, and laughed. 

Fox is 24 years old, a 6-foot-3, 255-pound linebacker who is a big underdog for the first time in his football life. 

“If somebody didn’t see something in you at first, maybe you show ’em down the road, that kinda thing,” Fox said. “It feels like it’s just giving me a bigger stage to show people what I could do.” 

Tomon Fox runs a drill at Giants rookie minicampTomon Fox runs a drill at Giants rookie minicampBill Kostroun/New York Post

He recorded 22 sacks over his last two years at Collins Hill High School in Suwanee, Ga., and was all-state as a senior. His best 40 time was 4.64. 

“My mentality is just to whup anybody in front of me, show that I’m the bigger man and win every rep,” Fox said. 

He has enough pass-rushing traits to earn this once-in-a-lifetime tryout and chase his longshot dream. 

“It definitely starts off with my speed, that’s one,” Fox said, “my power, my long-arm on the right side especially, and then my ability to bend around the corner.” 

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