Jason Taylor

Jason Taylor

American football linebacker
Date of Birth: 01.09.1974
Country: USA

  1. Biography of Jason Taylor
  2. Early Life
  3. College Career
  4. NFL Career

Biography of Jason Taylor

Jason Taylor is an American football linebacker who currently plays for the 'New York Jets' in the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted in the 3rd round by the 'Miami Dolphins' in the 1997 NFL Draft. Taylor also played college football for the 'Akron Zips' program. He has been selected for the Pro Bowl six times and was named the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2006. Taylor has also played for the 'Washington Redskins' in his career.

Jason Taylor

Early Life

Jason Taylor was born on September 1, 1974. Despite being homeschooled from the 10th to 12th grades, he excelled in sports at Woodland Hills High School in Churchill, Pennsylvania. He was particularly successful in football and basketball. As a high school senior, Taylor won the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League award, given by the 'Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,' for both his performances as a tight end and free safety.

Jason Taylor

College Career

Taylor spent four years as a letterman for the University of Akron's football team. He was a starter for three years and recorded 279 tackles, 21 sacks, and 3 interceptions during his college career. In 1996, Taylor was named the National Defensive Player of the Week for his outstanding performance against Virginia Tech, where he recorded 12 tackles, 2 sacks, and 3 fumble recoveries.

Jason Taylor

NFL Career

Jason Taylor was drafted by the 'Miami Dolphins' in the 3rd round, 73rd overall, in the 1997 NFL Draft. He signed a 4-year contract worth around $1.3 million in July of the same year. Taylor quickly established himself as one of the top defensive ends in the league. He made the starting roster in his rookie season and recorded 5 sacks and forced two fumbles. On April 15, 2000, Taylor participated in a tender for a one-year contract worth $1.027 million. In that season, he was responsible for 73 tackles and 14.5 sacks, earning him a spot in his first Pro Bowl.

In 2006, Taylor had the best year of his career, recording 13.5 sacks, 2 interceptions, and forcing 10 fumbles. He was named the NFL Defensive Player of the Year that same year. In 2007, Taylor was selected by 'Miami Dolphins' fans to the franchise's All-Time team, joining Bill Stanfill in the starting lineup. On July 20, 2008, he was traded to the 'Washington Redskins' but left the team on March 2, 2009, due to his refusal to participate in the offseason program. Taylor stated that he wanted to spend that time with his family in Florida.

On March 13, 2009, Jason Taylor signed a one-year, $1.1 million deal with the 'Miami Dolphins,' including a $400,000 bonus. Finally, on April 20, 2010, Taylor signed a contract with the 'New York Jets.' His wife, Katina, is the sister of his former All-Star teammate, Zach Thomas. Taylor has three children: sons Isaiah and Mason, and daughter Zoey. His wife filed for divorce twice in 2006, citing irreconcilable differences and requesting custody of the children, but withdrew both requests. In 2004, the couple founded the 'Jason Taylor Foundation,' aimed at improving the lives of children in South Florida. In 2007, Taylor received the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award for his community work off the football field.