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2. Jason Taylor

A two-time All-MAC player at Akron, Jason Taylor was a Third Round pick in 1997, where he was an All-Rookie player.  That first year was a good start for a Defensive End who would become a great player.

Taylor was considered to be a solid player in his first three seasons, but he broke out in 2000 with a First Team All-Pro and the beginning of what would be six Pro Bowls.  He had 14.5 Sacks that year and a career-high 19 in Approximate Value.  Taylor built on that with five more ten sack years, including a league-leading 18.5 in 2002, which coincided with his second First Team All-Pro selection.  The Defensive End was a First Teamer again in 2006, which would see him cause a whopping nine Forced Fumbles.  That year, Taylor would be named the AP Defensive Player of the Year.  The season after was his sixth Pro Bowl year, and he was also chosen as the Walter Payton Man of the Year, a testament to his charitable nature.

After being traded to Washington in 2008, he came back as a Free Agent for one year, before joining the New York Jets.  That also was for one year, and he came home for a final season to finish his career.

As a Dolphin, Taylor would secure 131.0 of his 139.5 Sacks and would also have 43 Forced Fumbles and 27 Fumble Recoveries.  The Dolphins inducted him into their Honor Roll in 2012.

Taylor was elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2017.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Defensive End
  • Acquired: Selected in the 3rd Round, 73rd Overall in the NFL Draft 4/19/97.
  • Departed:

    Traded to the Washington Redskins for an undisclosed 2008 Draft Pick 7/21/08.

    Acquired (2): Signed as a Free Agent 5/13/09.

    Departed (2): Signed as a Free Agent with the New York Jets 4/20/10.

    Acquired (3): Signed as a Free Agent 8/1/11.

    Departed (3): Retired after the 2011 Season.
  • Games Played: 204
  • Notable Statistics:

    186 Games Started
    8 Interceptions
    110 Interception Return Yards
    3 Interception Return Touchdowns
    43 Forced Fumbles
    27 Fumble Recoveries
    246 Fumble Recovery Yards
    131.0 Quarterback Sacks
    723 Combined Tackles
    490 Solo Tackles
    233 Assisted Tackles
    137 Tackles for Loss*
    142 Approximate Value

    *Tackles for Loss were not a stat until 1999.
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    AP Defensive Player of the Year
    First Team All-Pro (2000, 2002 & 2006)
    Second Team All-Pro (2001)
    Pro Bowl (2000, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006 & 2007)
    All-Rookie (1997)
    Walter Payton Man of the Year (2007)
    Most Forced Fumbles (2006)
    Most Quarterback Sacks (2002)

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