The Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2017 has been announced, and we find it fitting to get to know each of the newly selected members. The seven heroes of the game to be inducted are as follows: Morten Andersen, Terrell Davis, Kenny Easley, Jerry Jones, Jason Taylor, LaDainian Tomlinson and Kurt Warner. Last week, we recapped the career of one of the greatest running backs of all time, Terrell Davis. This week, we’re highlighting defensive end Jason Taylor! Read all about his NFL career below.
Jason Taylor was selected by the Miami Dolphins in the third round (73rd player overall) of the 1997 NFL Draft. He quickly became a strong defensive force in his rookie season and logged 5.0 sacks, 50 total sacks, two fumble recoveries and three passes defensed. The numbers alone speak for themselves, but what’s incredible is he tallied these statistics despite missing three games due to a fractured forearm.
Taylor’s excellent defense continued throughout his career with the Dolphins. In 1998, he recorded nine sacks and a team-high four forced fumbles. In 2000, he finished with 14. 5 sacks, 68 total tackles, an interception, four fumble recoveries, a forced fumble and five passes defensed. This solid performance rightfully earned him team MVP honors and was the first of six seasons in which he tallied double-digits in sacks.
In 2002, Taylor led the league in sacks with 18.5. His most spectacular season came in 2006 when he was named the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year after dominating with 62 total tackles, a team-high 13.5 sacks, two interceptions returned for scores, 11 passes defensed, 10 forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.
Taylor helped pave the way for five straight postseason berths for Miami. He was named to six Pro Bowls and the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 2000s. Three times he was a first-team All Pro Selection (2000, 2002, 2006) and four times an All-AFC choice (2000, 2002, 2004, 2006).
Taylor played with the Dolphins from 1997 to 2007 and in 2009 and 2011. He had brief stints with the Washington Redskins in 2008 and the New York Jets in 2010.
Due to his tremendous success as one of the best defensive ends in the league, Taylor has been selected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2017 and will be enshrined this August in Canton during the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Week Powered by Johnson Controls.
Celebrate with Jason Taylor
Join us in Canton to celebrate the career and accomplishments of Jason Taylor as he is enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame! With an Official HOF Experiences Ticket Package, you can experience the excitement of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Week. Join Hall of Famers at the Enshrinement Ceremony, get access to VIP parties, attend a Class of 2017 autograph session and more!