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January 1st, 2012 marked the final game in the career of Miami Dolphins defensive end Jason Taylor. Taylor’s final appearance was against the New York Jets. The Jets entered the game needing a win and some help to get into the playoffs. The Jets got off to a quick lead but the Dolphins offense and defense stepped up in the 2nd half and eventually beat the Jets.

Taylor was only credited with one tackle on the game but was a huge presence on the field forcing Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez into mistakes. Perhaps the best ending for Taylor was what didn’t end up on the stat sheet. With the game winding down and the Jets with the ball, Taylor recovered a fumble and ran it into the end zone for a touchdown. The play was erased and the game would soon be over.

Taylor would retire that off-season and to this day holds the teams sack record with 131. Taylor ended his career with 43 forced fumbles and 27 recovered fumbles. He had eight career interceptions and nine combined touchdowns.

Taylor’s locker room speech was an emotional farewell to his teammates. You can watch that speech here.

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