Yesterday was the final game of Jason Taylor’s career. The longtime Dolphin, who also played with the Redskins and Jets, decided that 15 seasons were enough, and was carried off the field by his teammates in Miami yesterday after 230 games, 578 tackles, and 139.5 sacks.
No player has sacked Tom Brady more often than Taylor, who finished his career with 11.5 sacks of his friend, Brady (and also with 6.5 of Drew Bledsoe), and Bill Belichick respected Taylor’s play so much that he tried more than once to get him to sign with New England, but it never worked out.
Both Belichick and Brady wrote statements, which were initially forwarded to the Dolphins, on Taylor’s career:
“Jason Taylor was the player I coached against the most times and may also be the one
who ruined the most games so his retirement is met with some mixed reactions in New England. Jason was a relentless competitor, a game changer and I congratulate him on a truly remarkable career.”
Brady (pretty humorous from TB12):
“I couldn’t have been happier – for Jason and his family, of course – to learn that Jason Taylor was finally retiring. We have had to battle him twice a year for more than a decade. While I had a tremendous amount of respect for Jason when I first entered the league, my admiration for him only grew through our rivalry on the field and our friendship off of it. For 15 seasons, he was one of the league’s most dominant defenders. He was a tenacious pass rusher and as fierce as a competitor as you will find. The NFL will miss his presence on Sundays, but I for one will not. I wish Jason and his family the very best in his retirement and look forward to seeing him … off the field.”