From there he established himself as one of the premier defensive ends in the league. He became a starter in his rookie season and recorded five sacks and forced two fumbles. The following season, , Taylor recorded nine sacks and the 6'6" Taylor batted away eight passes. In Taylor grabbed the first of his eight career NFL interceptions.
Taylor responded with tackles, His performance was rewarded with his first selection to the Pro Bowl. In Taylor recorded 71 tackles seven for a loss , 8. He also forced seven fumbles and knocked down eight more passes to go with his 69 tackles. He was a consensus All-Pro selection and returned to the Pro Bowl. The next season Taylor followed up his All-Pro performances with a sack season. The extension put Taylor under contract through the season. In Taylor had 68 tackles, 9.
He followed that up with a tackle, sack showing in He also knocked down 10 passes and forced four fumbles.
Taylor enjoyed one of the best years of his career in when he recorded On January 5, , Taylor received twenty-two votes from a panel of fifty sportswriters and broadcasters who cover the NFL. Taylor beat Denver Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey, who received sixteen votes. Shawne Merriman received six votes, and the winner of the award in , Brian Urlacher of the Chicago Bears, received four votes. Taylor was also named a consensus All-Pro for the second time in his career.
In Taylor reached double-digits in sacks for the sixth time in his career and picked off another pass the 7th of his career, and the 3rd returned for a TD. With eight career defensive TDs three on INT returns, five on FR returns , Taylor became the all-time leader in defensive touchdowns scored by a defensive lineman. He has also registered two career safeties and has two career field goal blocks.
He was a First-team selection at defensive end along with Bill Stanfill. Jacksonville Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio acknowledged speaking to the Dolphins about Taylor, "They had a certain price in mind and nobody in the league was interested in that price". On Monday April 28, , The Miami Herald reported that Dolphin President Bill Parcells is displeased that Taylor skipped the Dolphins voluntary off-season workouts to be on Dancing with the Stars and that when "Taylor walked into a room where Parcells was watching tape, and Parcells ignored him".
Taylor was reportedly "incensed". Ireland, on Sunday, April 27, , said that the Dolphins want Taylor back for the season and regard him as a team leader. On Saturday, April 26, , The St. Petersburg Times reported that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers had agreed to trade at least a second round pick, and perhaps others, to the Dolphins for Taylor.
However, when the second round pick was traded to Jacksonville, the paper removed the story from its website. On July 20, , Taylor was traded to the Washington Redskins for a second-round pick in and a sixth-round pick in The trade came after the Redskins lost two defensive ends - Phillip Daniels and Alex Buzbee - to season-ending injuries on the first day of training camp. On March 2, , Taylor was released by the Washington Redskins for refusing to participate in off-season conditioning programs claiming he wanted to be closer to his family in Florida.
On November 1, Taylor set the NFL record for most fumble returns for a touchdown with a yard return against the Dolphins' rivals, the New York Jets, and extended his NFL record of most defensive touchdowns scored by a defensive lineman with 9 6 on fumble returns, 3 on INT returns. In a game against Tampa Bay, Taylor also recorded his 8th and final career interception, which is 2nd all-time for a defensive lineman.
On January 23, Taylor played in his first Conference Championship game in his productive year career but only recorded 2 tackles while the Jets lost against the Pittsburgh Steelers, falling one game short of the Super Bowl for the second straight year. After a subpar season with the team, the Jets released Taylor on February 28, During a loss to the Philadelphia Eagles Jason Taylor sacked Michael Vick twice giving him seven sacks on the year, and also giving him the sixth most sacks in NFL history with Retirement and broadcasting career Edit On December 28, , Taylor announced that he would retire at the end of the season.
He played his final game on January 1, in a win against the New York Jets. In the game Taylor nearly returned a fumble for a touchdown, before the score was overruled.
Taylor is a board member of NFL Foundation. On October 14, , Jason along with his teammate Zach Thomas, together became the 23rd and 24th members to be inducted into the Miami Dolphins Honor Roll.
He shares the same birthday with Thomas, although Taylor is one year younger. Taylor and his wife have three children: Katina filed for divorce twice in , citing irreconcilable differences and asking for custody of the children, but withdrew the petitions both times.
Coincidentally, in , when both Taylor and Thomas left the Dolphins for opposite sides of the Cowboys—Redskins rivalry, both changed their jersey numbers to 55, after wearing numbers 99 and 54 respectively with the Dolphins.
While Thomas changed to number 55 for obvious reasons Bobby Carpenter already had possession of number 54 in Dallas , Taylor decided to change his number after a discussion with his wife to start a new chapter with the Redskins.
Although fellow defensive end Andre Carter—who wore number 99 with the Redskins—was willing to let Taylor have the number, Taylor did not press the issue, wanting to "let 99 stay in Miami". He was dubbed an "early favorite" by the judges. Goodman told Taylor, "One week you're a rooster, the next week you're a feather duster," as Taylor's Jive garnered a score of 23 from the judges. Tonioli said Taylor was a "love god" after his Rumba scored a Judge Goodman said they "captured the flavor of the dance.
First, Taylor danced the Quickstep to a score of 29, prompting Goodman to say, "With performances like that, you're in the final. Taylor wore eye black as part of his costume.
The combined score of 55 was tops among all dancing duos for Week 7. They were asked to perform their Quickstep as an encore on the results show.
Then they danced the Samba and scored a 23 for a total score of 52 the lowest scoring Latin dance of the night. The audience booed the 7 that Judge Len Goodman gave them.
Taylor said to Kristi Yamaguchi , "Kristi, it does feel good.