Jason Taylor did not want to retire from the NFL, but he knew it was time after the 2011 season ended. The six-time Pro Bowler knew it would be tough, but what made it easier was knowing he had his foundation to fall back on.
“This is our big fundraiser of the year. This is the ninth years we have done the Jason Taylor Golf Tournament and Gala. Tonight we are here at the Hollywood Hotel and Casino in Florida. We are bringing celebrities in, we have a great group of guys, Hall of Famers, Rock and Roll Stars, tons of former athletes that are here to help us raise money by partying,” Taylor told Class Act Sports.
Everyone that Class Act Sports caught up with at the event agreed, saying that Taylor dedicates so much of his time and life to helping kids. And it was evident when Taylor listed just how many different organizations are greatly affected by his foundation.
“It will help the Jason Taylor Foundation which is kind of a fund of fund that helps out other charities in South Florida. We also partner with ‘Take Stock in Children” which will be providing college scholarships to kids. We have about 40 kids now which we have provided college scholarships to. And we also work with the Holtz Children’s Center in Jackson Hospital. It’s a learning and reading and kind of an oasis for kids to get away form the poking and prodding of the doctors, and have a chance to relax and enjoy themselves,” Taylor told Class Act Sports.
Taylor played for three teams during his 15-year career, spending three stints with the Miami Dolphins. One of the best ever to play his position, the defensive end/linebacker made the 2000 All-Decade Team and had 139.5 career sacks. He is sure to get a call from Canton in a few years.
“It was bittersweet. There comes and end for everybody as we all understand. You know you are never really ready to give the game up- I wasn’t at least. I love the game so much, but it’s time to walk away. It’s hard to separate from the game completely so I’ll still be involved in whatever way I can be, but I’m looking forward to doing other things now,” he said.
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