Jason Taylor retiring after Sunday

Miami Dolphins veteran outside linebacker Jason Taylor plans to retire after Sunday's game against the New York Jets. Taylor played 15 seasons in the NFL, 13 with the Dolphins.

"I figured out that this is the right move to make and the right time to do it," Taylor told Miami reporters. "The organization in the near future is going to make some changes, and part of those changes is needing to address personnel positions. It's the right time for me to go ahead and allow this organization to grow and improve."

A six-time Pro Bowl selection, Taylor was named the AFC Defensive Player of the Year and the NFL Man of the Year once, "I want to thank Jason for all he has done for the Dolphins and the South Florida community," Dolphins owner Steven Ross said in a statement. "His contributions on the field as one of the greatest players in team history will be remembered by Dolphin fans for years to come, and his charitable works off the field that has benefited so many people will leave a timeless legacy of his community service.

"When I think of Jason, a few things stand out in my mind -- his dynamic role as one of the most feared defensive players in NFL history, a devoted husband and father, and one of the most generous and caring members of our community. Whether it's organizing his "Cool Gear for the School Year" shopping spree for needy children, relentlessly running down a quarterback out of the pocket, or chasing his boys around the Dolphin locker room, Jason exemplifies what it means to be a professional athlete and a role model."

"While he may be retiring as a player, he will always remain an integral part of the Dolphin family, contributing to the team and the community he has grown to love. We congratulate him for all he has done, and we are looking forward to continuing to work with him as he begins the next chapter of his life."

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