According to a report late Tuesday night in the Miami Herald, the 233rd game of Jason Taylor’s career also will be his last. That’s because the longtime standout defensive end, after a 15-year career, will retire once the Dolphins season is complete.
While the newspaper reports that there hasn’t been a reason given yet for why Taylor will retire, the fact his body will be 38 years old before next season is probably one major explanation.
While Taylor is no longer a starting-caliber player (he only had one start in Miami’s 15 games this season), he still performs at a relatively high level. He recorded seven sacks this season, more than his totals from 2008 and 2010. For his career, the six-time Pro Bowler and three-time All-Pro totaled 139.5 sacks, the sixth-best mark in NFL history, and he’s scored more touchdowns (nine) than any other defensive linemen.
More from the Herald:
Taylor has seven sacks this season playing primarily in pass-rushing situations. During a recent conversation, I asked him to respond to the following true/false question:
True or false, you are playing better this season than you did last season despite being one year older:
“True,” Taylor said immediately.
Taylor said he didn’t require surgery or rehabilitation treatment for the first time in several offseasons and credited that with helping him be better conditioned and prepared for the start of 2011.
There has been speculation in the past that Taylor is interested in going into the world of TV analysis. Now, perhaps we’ll get the chance to see if he can talk the talk as well as he could play the game.
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