Taylor was greeted with the game ball following the Dolphins win over the New York Jets, a moment that was not lost on Taylor towards the end of his speech.
When he got the ball, Taylor said goodbye in the best way possible and on the greatest of terms. The NFL has too often been marked by villains and criminals that make headlines. Instead, we should highlight the men that encapsulate the best of the game. Taylor is leaving with something that so many young stars lose before they are done playing, and that is respect.
With an immense amount of pride, Taylor said goodbye to the soldiers he fought beside weekly and the game which he enjoyed an long life in.
It is rare to see any man do so well in this league, and do it for so long. Taylor goes out as one of the most well-respected monsters in the game. The hard-hitting six-time Pro Bowler and two-time AFC Defensive Player of the Year will be missed.
Most importantly, he will miss this game. How do you get to where Taylor got? You start by finding something that you love to do, and you immerse yourself wholly in it.
While holding back tears, Taylor gave the credit to everyone else. It was just another sign that Taylor gets it.
And that is why he is such a great sports star. He found the perfect balance of being a bad ass and nice guy. We will miss Jason Taylor, because there just aren't that many like him out there.