Jason Taylor announced his retirement yesterday. Those of you that haven’t been watching the NFL that long might think Taylor is most famous for earning runner-up honors on ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” in 2008. There was a time however when teams game planed around Taylor as he had the ability to single handedly wreck a game.
His best season was in 2006, when he was chosen NFL Defensive Player of the Year. That season he had 13 1/2 sacks, forced 10 fumbles and returned two interceptions for scores. Taylor has scored nine touchdowns, the most by any defensive lineman entering the league in more than 40-years. He has four safeties, which ties him for fourth in NFL history and holds a Miami Dolphins record with 27 fumble recoveries.
The 37-year-old Taylor, who made the announcement after Wednesday’s practice will play his 204th game with the Dolphins on Sunday, ranking second to Dan Marino’s 242. Taylor ranks sixth all-time with 139 1/2 sacks. He has six fumble returns for touchdowns, an NFL record.
Taylor has had three stints with the Dolphins, who drafted him in the third round in 1997. He also played for the Washington Redskins in 2008 and the New York Jets in 2010 where he helped the Jets reached the AFC championship game. Taylor never played in a Super Bowl, and the last time he made the playoffs with the Dolphins was 10-years ago in 2001.
In addition to his dancing escapades Taylor has dabbled in acting and will undoubtedly end up in front of a camera in one way or another, perhaps as an NFL analyst. Taylor is also expected to remain busy heading the Jason Taylor Foundation which has contributed more than $2 million in grants and services to help children in South Florida.
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