Over the course of his year career, Taylor played for the Dolphins on three separate occasions — , , , and also played a season each for the Washington Redskins and New York Jets Taylor has the fourth most forced fumbles of all time with 47, and is tied for the NFL record for fumble recoveries with Jim Marshall with He officially announced his retirement on December 28, Taylor was a four-year letterman and three-year starter for the Akron Zips of the University of Akron before being drafted in the third round, thirteenth pick 73rd overall , in the NFL Draft by Miami.
He was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in He was homeschooled from grades 10 through While attending the University of Akron , Taylor was a four-year letterman and three-year starter for the Akron Zips football team. He recorded tackles , 21 sacks, seven fumbles recovered, and three interceptions in his college career. He was a two-time first-team All- Mid-American Conference selection as a junior and senior, as well as an All-America pick as a junior.
As a junior, he played weakside linebacker and moved to left defensive end as a senior. In , he earned National Defensive Player of the Week honors for his performance against Virginia Tech when he posted 12 tackles, two sacks, two fumble recoveries, three stops for loss and tackled a punt returner in the end zone for a safety.
Taylor also started for the Akron Zips men's basketball team. In , he became the third person ever inducted into Akron's Ring of Honor. He majored in political science and criminal justice.
From there he established himself as one of the premier defensive ends in the league. He became a starter in his rookie season and recorded five sacks and forced two fumbles.
The following season, , Taylor recorded nine sacks and the 6'6" Taylor batted away eight passes. In Taylor grabbed the first of his eight career NFL interceptions. Taylor responded with 73 tackles, His performance was rewarded with his first selection to the Pro Bowl. In Taylor recorded 71 tackles seven for a loss , 8. He also forced seven fumbles and knocked down eight more passes to go with his 69 tackles.
He was a consensus All-Pro selection and returned to the Pro Bowl. The next season Taylor followed up his All-Pro performances with a sack season. On March 1, , the Dolphins, in an effort to create more salary cap space, agreed to a three-year contract extension with Taylor.
The extension put Taylor under contract through the season. In Taylor had 68 tackles, 9. He followed that up with a tackle, sack showing in He also knocked down 10 passes and forced four fumbles. Taylor enjoyed one of the best years of his career in when he recorded On January 5, , Taylor received twenty-two votes from a panel of fifty sportswriters and broadcasters who cover the NFL. Taylor beat Denver Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey , who received sixteen votes.
Shawne Merriman received six votes, and the winner of the award in , Brian Urlacher of the Chicago Bears , received four votes. Taylor was also named a consensus All-Pro for the second time in his career.
In Taylor reached double-digits in sacks for the sixth time in his career and picked off another pass the 7th of his career, and the 3rd returned for a TD. With eight career defensive TDs three on INT returns, five on FR returns , Taylor became the all-time leader in defensive touchdowns scored by a defensive lineman.
He has also registered two career safeties and has two career field goal blocks. He was a First-team selection at defensive end along with Bill Stanfill.
Miami Dolphins General Manager Jeff Ireland admitted that there were trade discussions regarding veteran defensive end Taylor. Jacksonville Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio acknowledged speaking to the Dolphins about Taylor, "They had a certain price in mind and nobody in the league was interested in that price".
On Saturday, April 26, , The St. Petersburg Times reported that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers had agreed to trade at least a second round pick, and perhaps others, to the Dolphins for Taylor. However, when the second round pick was traded to Jacksonville, the paper removed the story from its website.
On July 20, , Taylor was traded to the Washington Redskins for a second-round pick in and a sixth-round pick in On March 2, , Taylor was released by the Washington Redskins for refusing to participate in off-season conditioning programs after claiming he wanted to be closer to his family in Florida. On November 1, Taylor set the NFL record for most fumble returns for a touchdown with a yard return against the Dolphins' rivals, the New York Jets , and extended his NFL record of most defensive touchdowns scored by a defensive lineman with 9 6 on fumble returns, 3 on interception returns.
In a game against Tampa Bay, Taylor also recorded his 8th and final career interception, which is second all-time for a defensive lineman. After a subpar season [ clarification needed ] with the team, the Jets released Taylor on February 28, On August 1, , Taylor signed with the Miami Dolphins for a third stint.
During a loss to the Philadelphia Eagles Jason Taylor sacked Michael Vick twice giving him seven sacks on the year, and also giving him the sixth-most sacks in NFL history with On December 28, , Taylor announced that he would retire at the end of the season.
He played his final game on January 1, , in a 19—17 win against the New York Jets. In the game Taylor nearly returned a fumble for a touchdown, before the score was overruled. After the game ended, Taylor was ceremoniously carried off the field by his teammates.
Taylor is a board member of NFL Foundation. On October 14, , Taylor along with his teammate Zach Thomas , together became the 23rd and 24th members to be inducted into the Miami Dolphins Honor Roll. Taylor has won numerous awards throughout his career, including the NFL Defensive Player of the Year award and the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award , the only league honor that recognizes both on-field achievements and off-the-field contributions.
Taylor has also won the "AFC Defensive Player of the Week" Award seven times which is fifth most ever by a defensive player, for the following performances:. In Taylor and his wife Katina founded the Jason Taylor Foundation with the goal of improving the lives of children in South Florida.
Taylor has also partnered with the Invicta Watch Group and its CEO, Eyal Lalo, on a number of charitable ventures and was given the opportunity to create a collection of limited edition of watches.
He said, "As a watch enthusiast and collector, I am excited to be partnering with Invicta on the development and launch of my collection of watches. Taylor and his ex-wife Katrina were divorced in Monroe County in , who is the sister of Taylor's former teammate Zach Thomas , have three children: Katina filed for divorce twice in , citing irreconcilable differences and asking for custody of the children, but withdrew the petitions both times.
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