After 15 seasons as one of the NFL's premier pass rushers, Miami Dolphins legend Jason Taylor is finally calling it quits. The Dolphins' Week 17 encounter with their division rivals, the New York Jets. It's been speculated for most of the season that this would be Taylor's last, but he finally put the issue to rest with his quotes this week, confirming that he intends to walk away from the game. Via the Miami Herald:
"In the last few weeks, I thought about it more ... I talked to some people about it. I kind of figured this is the right move to make and this is the right time to do it. It's been a tough year, unfortunately. While we've had some good times, we've had a lot of bad times this year, too. This organization in the near future is going to make some changes. I think part of those changes is needing to address some personnel positions. This is the right time for me to go and allow this organization to improve."
In his 15-year career, Taylor has recorded 139.5 sacks, made six Pro Bowls, and been named the Defensive Player of the Year once, in 2006.
For more on the Phins and Taylor's retirement, check out Miami Dolphins blog The Phinsider.