When Zach Thomas and Jason Taylor were teammates on the Miami Dolphins, Taylor married Thomas’s sister, Katina. When the Dolphins went on the road, fans of the opposing team would hurl insults at both players over their status as brothers-in-law and about Katina.
Now Thomas is retired and Taylor is with the New York Jets, and as he reminisces on his career, Thomas says he’s actually going to miss those insults about his sister, insults that were often thrown around by the same Jets fans who will cheer Taylor this year.
“Now that you’re talking about the Jets – you know what? I heard every little thing pre-game about my sister and Jason,” Thomas said on 790 the Ticket in Miami, via Sports Radio Interviews. “Every year. I mean they got so nasty. It was kind of funny now that I look back at it. They went at me hard and they even went at Jason saying my sister looks like me with long hair, things like that. They went hard, but those are the things I really miss. The pre-game warmups on the road. They think they’re helping the team out telling you these things, it only motivates you. It was awesome.”
It was so awesome, in fact, that Thomas encourages Dolphins fans to act the same way.
“Even though I hate them, they’re passionate fans, but I feel like our fans are even more passionate,” Thomas said. “And hopefully they do the same thing to all these Jets players when they’re warming up on the sideline.”