Miami Dolphins linebacker Jason Taylor has announced Sunday will be his last game as a professional football player.
Taylor, 37, made the announcement after the Dolphins’ practice Wednesday.
“After 15 years of doing this and 13 here in Miami, unfortunately and fortunately — it’s been a great run in some ways — this will be my last game as a Miami Dolphin and as a professional football player,” Taylor said. “I look forward to enjoying this week and soaking it all in for the next few days. We have a game left to play. There will be a time for thank yous and goodbyes and all that. This is not the time, but I will say this will be my last game as an NFL football player.”
When asked what prompted his decision, Taylor said he realized it was the right time to retire.
“It’s been a tough year, unfortunately. We’ve had some good times, but we’ve had a lot of bad times this year, too, tough times. This organization in the future’s going to make some changes, and I think part of those changes is needing to address some personnel positions. This is the right time for me to go ahead and go and allow this organization to grow and improve,” Taylor said.
It is fitting that it would be against the rival New York Jets. It’ll be his 204th game with the Dolphins, which ranks second to Dan Marino’s 242.
Taylor spent all but two of his 15 years in the NFL with the Dolphins. He had one-year stints with the Washington Redskins and the Jets.
Taylor is the NFL’s active career sack leader with 139 ½, which makes him sixth on the all-time list. He was the player of the year in 2006 and earned six Pro Bowl selections. He never made it to the Super Bowl.
Taylor has scored nine touchdowns, the most by any player whose primary position was the defensive line and who entered the league after 1970. His four safeties are tied for fourth most in NFL history. He holds a Dolphins record with 27 fumble recoveries.
Taylor is certain to stay busy in retirement. He has dabbled in acting and earned runner-up honors on ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” in 2008. He has been honored many times for his work in the community, and his South Florida foundation has contributed more than $2 million in grants and services to help children.