1997-2007, 2009, 2011
Taylor played 233 NFL games over 15 seasons with the Dolphins, Washington Redskins (2008) and New York Jets (2010) but never in a Super Bowl. He also played hard — "relentless," he said. He told the Miami Herald in 2013 about the time he was only two hours from losing a leg.
“I had great coaches and amazing teammates. I was fortunate enough to get all the glory sometimes.”
Taylor won NFL's Defensive Player of the Year in 2006 recorded more sacks than any player from 2000-11. He finished his career with 139.5 sacks; 8 interceptions for 110 yards and 3 TDs; league record-tying 29 opponents’ fumbles recovered; NFL record 6 TDs on fumble recoveries; and 3 safeties. A four-time Dolphins MVP, he was voted to six Pro Bowls. He was named to NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 2000s.
“It's a joy putting a smile on somebody else's face and helping somebody along their road to success.”
Taylor also won the Walter Payton Man of The Year in 2007 for his charitable work. He created a foundation in 2004 to benefit South Florida children through a variety of programs. His football camp has provided instruction to nearly 1,500 youth players. His mother, Georgia, often worked two jobs raising the family in Pittsburgh.