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Jason Taylor
 
Height:  6-6
Weight:  255
Position: Defensive End
College: University of Akron
Born:  Sept. 1, 1974
 
Jason, a third round pick (73rd overall) in the 1997 National Football League draft by the Miami Dolphins, has become one of the superstars of the league at his defensive end position.  In his 11th season in the NFL, Taylor has earned five Pro Bowl selections (2000, 2002, 2004, 2005 and 2006) and continues to wreak havoc on opposing quarterbacks.  His 106 career sacks ranks third among active players, and No. 99's abilities will continue to be showcased on the field for the Dolphins as he is signed through the 2009 season.  Taylor was homeschooled throughout high school in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, but he got the chance to play varsity sports for Woodland Hills High School in Pittsburgh, where he quickly made a name for himself.  He earned All-Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League honors by the Pittsburgh Press Gazette and Gateway Press his senior season as a tight end and free safety.  Jason also lettered in basketball for the Wolverines.  After graduation, Taylor headed to the University of Akron, of the Mid-American Conference.  He was a four-year letterman (1993-1996) and three year starter for the Zips.  Jason continued to show his worth on the football field as he was a first-team All-Mid-American selection as a senior left defensive end.  As a senior, he also earned National Defensive Player of the Week honors for his performance against Virginia Tech when he posted 12 tackles, two sacks, two fumble recoveries, three stops for loss and tackled a punt returner in the end zone for a safety   He was also an honorable mention All-America pick and a first-team All-MAC selection as a junior, as a starter at weakside linebacker.  Jason was also a letterwinner on the Akron basketball team as he majored in political science/criminal justice.  He enjoys boating, fishing and playing golf in his spare time and he cites "The Godfather, The Complete Epic," as his favorite movie, "The Sopranos" as his favorite TV program, and The Bible as his favorite book.   Jason is married to Katina, and the couple reside in Davie, Fla., with their two sons, Isaiah Paul and Mason Paul.        

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