After Sunday, Jason Taylor will no longer be pursuing NFL quarterbacks.
Taylor, 37, has decided to retire after the Miami Dolphins’ season-ending game Sunday against the New York Jets, according to a Miami Herald report.
The Dolphins’ all-time sacks leader with 139.5, Taylor is sixth on the NFL’s all-time list behind Bruce Smith, Reggie White, Kevin Greene, Chris Doleman and Michael Strahan. Taylor was the NFL’s defensive player of the year in 2006.
Taylor, who has played in all of Miami’s games this season, became a free agent after his release by the New York Jets in March and returned to Miami. After playing his first 11 seasons with the Dolphins, he was traded to the Washington Redskins for draft picks in 2008, when Phillip Daniels suffered a season-ending injury in training camp. His time in Washington was marked by injury; he suffered from compartment syndrome. He returned to the Dolphins in 2009, but signed with the Jets as a free agent in 2010.
Taylor was interested in both parts of being a “football star.” He appeared on “Sesame Street,” he rang Nasdaq’s closing bell, and famously earned a ticket out of town from Bill Parcells over his “Dancing with the Stars” appearances. Now, he can focus on TV ... unless the Dolphins can convince him to return for one more year.