Jason Taylor Retires from the NFL After 15 Seasons

Mark LoiselleContributor IIJanuary 3, 2012

Jason Taylor hangs up the cleats after 15 great seasons.
Jason Taylor hangs up the cleats after 15 great seasons.

That's all she wrote for the Miami Dolphins' defensive end Jason Taylor, next stop is the Hall of Fame. Taylor made it known earlier in the week that Sunday's game against the New York Jets will be the final game of his career.

The 15-year veteran spent his time with the Miami Dolphins (1997-2007), Washington Redskins (2008), Miami Dolphins again in 2009,  New York Jets (2010), and Miami Dolphins (2011). Throughout his stint with all of these teams, he was a defensive threat that could out rush the offensive line to get the quarterback.

Throughout his career he had the privilege of playing with many defensive greats like linebackers Zach Thomas (Miami Dolphins, who was like his brother) and London Fletcher (Washington Redskins),  defensive tackle Vonnie Holliday (Miami Dolphins), defensive end Cameron Wake (Miami Dolphins), and corner backs Darelle Revis (New York Jets), Sam Madison (Miami Dolphins), Patrick Surtain (Miami Dolphins), and Vontae Davis (Miami Dolphins).

The six-time pro bowler racked up 774 total tackles, 139.5 sacks, 47 forced fumbles, and eight interceptions within his NFL journey.  In 2006, he received the NFL Defensive Player of the Year recording 61 total tackles, 13.5 sacks, nine forced fumbles, and two interceptions.

Not only was Taylor well respected due to his defensive presence and dominance but off the field he was one of a kind. You would never see or hear Taylor violate team or league rules, he just did his job in a professional way. His experience on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" in 2008 could have been a distraction but wasn't because he doesn't have an ego.

Taylor will be missed throughout the Miami Dolphins organization and football in general. Here is his speech after the game against the Jets. This win was extremely big since the Dolphins and Jets have been rivals for a long time. A great way to go out to say the least.

Jason Taylor's Farewell Speech