Saban, Taylor Say No to President

Dolphins coach Nick Saban revealed Monday that he turned down a chance to have dinner with President George W. Bush the previous night because his priority is with his football team. It turns out Jason Taylor also had a chance to attend the small dinner at Joe's Stone Crab, but also turned down the opportunity.

"It was really a tough decision," Saban said. "I feel like my first responsibility is our team. That in no way disrespects the importance of the opportunity I would have loved to have had to spend dinner with the President."

The dinner involved community leaders, and among the attendees was former Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino. It was Marino who invited Taylor to come along.

"It's great to be able to do some things like that, but I've got an obligation here," Taylor said. "As much as the President is good in his own right, Waye (Huizenga) pays my bills."

Saban, who met Bush when he took his LSU team to the White House after sharing the national title in 2002, didn't surprise his players by turning down the invitation.

"He's a football guy," said safety Travares Tillman. "He'll take us over the president any day."

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