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Jason Taylor to retire

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Jason Taylor is ready to call it quits.

Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports that Taylor will play the final game of his 15-year career on Sunday when the Dolphins take on the Jets.

A third-round draft pick of the Dolphins in 1997, Taylor’s first stint in Miami lasted 11 seasons, before he left for one year with the Redskins in 2008. In 2009 he returned to the Dolphins for another season, then played one year with the Jets in 2010 before returning to the Dolphins again this year.

The 37-year-old Taylor has been chosen to six Pro Bowls and recorded 139.5 sacks. He was the 2006 Defensive Player of the Year.

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  1. joetoronto says: Dec 28, 2011 7:24 AM

    All the best to Taylor, the man has been nothing but class and a hell of a player.

  2. andyo102 says: Dec 28, 2011 7:30 AM

    and what better way to end your career by going off and sacking Sanchez and eliminating the Jets officially for the season

  3. eaglesw00t says: Dec 28, 2011 7:31 AM

    joetoronto says:
    Dec 28, 2011 7:24 AM
    All the best to Taylor, the man has been nothing but class and a hell of a player.

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    With the exception of the whole modeling thing, its hard to agree with that. Very good, and very consistent player. Always well spoken, and didnt feel the need to talk trash, even though he could have backed it up.

    I certainly wish him a healthy and enjoyable retirement.

  4. mannynh says: Dec 28, 2011 7:32 AM

    He was a great football player. Wish he had signed with the Pats when he had the chance..

  5. tatatoothy says: Dec 28, 2011 7:35 AM

    Jason Taylor played football this season?

  6. kobra71 says: Dec 28, 2011 7:42 AM

    Great player and great guy! He will be a Dolphin for life even though he played also for the Redskins and Jets. But thought he should of retired a few years back anyway. Maybe after he left the Dolphins the first time. I thought he was going to turn into Brett Favre and not know when to retire. And too bad he didn’t retire last year then “maybe” he would of been on the same ballot for the hall of fame with Favre.

  7. disturbedshifty says: Dec 28, 2011 7:44 AM

    Jason Taylor is my all time favorite player, and the reason I love the Miami Dolphins. I am sad to see him go, but he had a hell of a career. I hope to see him in Canton someday.

  8. northshorejag says: Dec 28, 2011 7:50 AM

    Great player and possible hall of famer

    But

    I’ll never forget the Monday night battle with Boselli. Tony took him to the wood shed.

  9. 202folife says: Dec 28, 2011 7:51 AM

    The only NFL jersey I own is an orange authenic Dolphin #99 with Taylor on the back. My favorite player on my fovorite team. All the best Jason, you did it with class.

  10. stevemo says: Dec 28, 2011 7:51 AM

    He’ll be in Canton, no doubt. Tremendous player that wasn’t just extremely gifted athletically, but had a lot of heart and love for the game. Very sad to see him leave the game without a ring.

  11. drgfri says: Dec 28, 2011 7:53 AM

    About 3 years too late….. Soured an otherwise great reputation.

  12. cuda1234 says: Dec 28, 2011 8:12 AM

    AGAIN? Hasn’t this guy quit on the Dolphins more than Urban Meyer quit on the Gators?

  13. trevorthej says: Dec 28, 2011 8:13 AM

    15 seasons? It is certainly 15 years since he was drafted. Should the year with the Skins count? He may have been on the team, but he didn’t acutally play. Of course nobody plays when they are picked up by the Skins.

  14. waltdawg says: Dec 28, 2011 8:13 AM

    BOUT TIME!!! Cannot stand this guy. Worthless to the Redskins….Actually hurt the team! He took more draft picks than he got sacks….Dude cant even find his way to a stadium. Good riddence loser.

  15. promin1 says: Dec 28, 2011 8:42 AM

    waltdawg says: Dec 28, 2011 8:13 AM

    BOUT TIME!!! Cannot stand this guy. Worthless to the Redskins….Actually hurt the team! He took more draft picks than he got sacks….Dude cant even find his way to a stadium. Good riddence loser.
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    Perfect example of how some people on this planet are a waste of skin.

  16. palinforpresidentofnorthkorea says: Dec 28, 2011 8:54 AM

    waltdawg says: Dec 28, 2011 8:13 AM

    BOUT TIME!!! Cannot stand this guy. Worthless to the Redskins….Actually hurt the team! He took more draft picks than he got sacks….Dude cant even find his way to a stadium. Good riddence loser.
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    Skins forced players into a system instead of using his God-given talent. They wasted a year of Jason’s career.

  17. 6ball says: Dec 28, 2011 9:09 AM

    .

    Probably just got sick of sacking Tom Brady.

    .

  18. tatum064 says: Dec 28, 2011 9:11 AM

    Perfect example of how some people on this planet are a waste of skin.
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    Agreed. 139.5 career sacks, a former Defensive Player of the Year, and got to one AFC Championship with the Jets last year. First ballot HOF, and a good guy, too.

  19. the1vito says: Dec 28, 2011 9:11 AM

    Taylor should have been Defensive Player of the Year in 2002 as well. There’s no way Simeon Rice should have received it over him. Ignoring the fact that Rice had Warren Sapp next to him on the line, who’s reputation at that time alone would prevent Rice from getting as much attention from the offense, Taylor’s stats were simply better than Rice’s. Rice had 15.5 sacks while Taylor led the NFL with 18.5. Taylor also had 7 forced fumbles and 2 fumble recoveries, while Rice none of either. While Rice did have 1 interception to none for Taylor, Taylor had 8 passes defended (knocked down) to none for Rice.

  20. geniusesq says: Dec 28, 2011 9:17 AM

    Thought he was already retired.

  21. yahmule says: Dec 28, 2011 9:21 AM

    Gee, only five years after he pretended to retire to weasel a sentimentality based Defensive Player of the Year award out of the idiot media over a much more deserving Champ Bailey in 2006. Have a great life, you overrated egomaniac.

  22. bmue42 says: Dec 28, 2011 9:21 AM

    hes still playing?

  23. andyreidcarboload says: Dec 28, 2011 9:49 AM

    I thought Taylor retired 6 seasons ago.

  24. waltdawg says: Dec 28, 2011 9:54 AM

    promin1 says:
    Dec 28, 2011 8:42 AM
    waltdawg says: Dec 28, 2011 8:13 AM

    BOUT TIME!!! Cannot stand this guy. Worthless to the Redskins….Actually hurt the team! He took more draft picks than he got sacks….Dude cant even find his way to a stadium. Good riddence loser.
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    Perfect example of how some people on this planet are a waste of skin.

    @promin1:
    Now Jason, that is not a nice thing to say….Me a waste of Skin? You mean You were a waste to the Reskins? Yes…You are correct.

  25. silvernblackpa says: Dec 28, 2011 9:58 AM

    Quick snapshot of Taylor’s stats with 1 game to go:

    -15 year career, missed only 7 games
    -139.5 sacks
    -8 INTs
    -47 forced fumbles
    -99 passes defensed
    -9 TDs scored
    -3 safeties

    He’s Canton bound. Or should be. He’s not the flashiest name, so he probably won’t be a first ballot guy, but he’ll get in. Always seemed like a good guy who you’d love to have on your team. Wish him the best!

  26. mialto says: Dec 28, 2011 10:21 AM

    This guy is one of the great class A characters of the NFL. What a great career!

  27. djdvd says: Dec 28, 2011 10:39 AM

    Another great Dolphin retires without a ring. Something needs to shake up in Miami, it’s a shame to do this to these players. Loved watching him play though. Him and Zach were about the only people worth watching in this franchise after Dan left.

  28. realitypolice says: Dec 28, 2011 10:50 AM

    Haven’t we heard this before?

  29. dolphinatic13 says: Dec 28, 2011 11:09 AM

    Thanks Jason for all you brought to the game over your career. If you could just go ahead and sack the dirty Sanchez once or twice on Sunday that would be an awesome way to go out. Thanks for coming back and retiring as a Dolphin.

  30. vegaskid21 says: Dec 28, 2011 11:12 AM

    First Ballot Hall of Famer! On or off the Field. Congrats JT!

  31. rajbais says: Dec 28, 2011 11:15 AM

    It’s a shame that he played on so many crappy teams!!!

    Congrats on a great career!!! HOFer!!!

  32. jc327 says: Dec 28, 2011 11:28 AM

    JT will go down with guys like Marino as one of the favorite Dolphins of all time. Certainly will for me…

  33. polapea says: Dec 28, 2011 11:38 AM

    @waltdawg says:Dec 28, 2011 8:13 AM

    BOUT TIME!!! Cannot stand this guy. Worthless to the Redskins….Actually hurt the team! He took more draft picks than he got sacks….Dude cant even find his way to a stadium. Good riddence loser.
    __________________________________
    Really? That’s the move that “hurt the team”? Are you kidding me? Your d-bag owner has been overpaying for big names since he got there. How about when he assembled the 1995 Pro Bowl team? The only problem, it was 2000. If you don’t remember: Bruce Smith, Irving Fryar, Andre Reed, Mark Carrier, Deion Sanders etc. all old, all overpaid.

  34. sean6886 says: Dec 28, 2011 11:38 AM

    I will always remember Jason on the sidelines laughing at the Jet fans thinking the game was over, thinking the Dolphins had won, then, the Jets came back (as well as the fans) and won the game with minutes left to play-that game is known as the Monday Night Miracle.
    Jumbo Elliot on the jumbo tron after catching that pass.
    Aaanold in the announcers booth predicting that Wayne C was going to catch a pass for a TD and the Jets would win the game…which happened BTW.
    Jason, I hate to say it because you are a Dolphin, but you gave it everything. I do wish you the best-unless you change your mind and come back and play for the Dolphins.

  35. jcioffi1485 says: Dec 28, 2011 12:10 PM

    HOF. …..enough said

  36. bjtmeyer says: Dec 28, 2011 1:18 PM

    Peyton Hillis has a lot to learn from Jason Taylor.

  37. CKL says: Dec 28, 2011 1:25 PM

    I’m really happy about this as a Pats fan. He tormented TB for years and was a huge reason TB traditionally plays poorly against Miami. What a great player, wish he had come to my team. I hope he does make the HOF. If there are smart writers (still hate that writers vote this) he will be.

  38. mobuccsfan says: Dec 28, 2011 1:32 PM

    @the1vito says:
    Dec 28, 2011 9:11 AM
    Taylor should have been Defensive Player of the Year in 2002 as well. There’s no way Simeon Rice should have received it over him. Ignoring the fact that Rice had Warren Sapp next to him on the line, who’s reputation at that time alone would prevent Rice from getting as much attention from the offense, Taylor’s stats were simply better than Rice’s. Rice had 15.5 sacks while Taylor led the NFL with 18.5. Taylor also had 7 forced fumbles and 2 fumble recoveries, while Rice none of either. While Rice did have 1 interception to none for Taylor, Taylor had 8 passes defended (knocked down) to none for Rice.

    Mmm…might want to know what you are talking about there. Rice didn’t win it that year, Derrick Brooks did. I know, it was the only real joyous season for us Buccaneers fans. Probably the only time they will ever win a Superbowl, even though they had an inside/unfair advantage with Gruden, I will take it. That being said, Taylor was a great player in the league and I think he is Canton Bound, probably on the second or third try in.

  39. doublec42788 says: Dec 28, 2011 3:25 PM

    My girlfriend just bought me a framed autographed picture of him for Christmas, and I will be hanging that up proudly. A great player, but an even greater person! I hope he changes his mind, if you have been watching Dolphins games then youd know hes been playing at a high level.

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