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Highlights

Pro Career
 
2007:
  • Started all 16 games at one defensive end spot, the only Dolphins defensive lineman and one of only two on defense (CB Will Allen) to open every contest in ’07
  • Registered 56 tackles, 11 sacks, an interception, four forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and four passes defensed
  • Was the lone Dolphin voted to the AFC Pro Bowl squad
  • His sack total ranked seventh in the AFC and 13th in the NFL
  • It represented the third year in a row and the sixth time in 12 seasons that he reached the double-digit sack plateau
  • Three opponents’ fumble recoveries tied for first in the AFC and third in the NFL
  • All three of his recoveries led to a Dolphins score, totaling 17 points (2 TDs, 1 FG)
  • Had three games with two sacks, including contests at Houston (10/7), vs. N.Y. Jets (12/2) and vs. Baltimore (12/16)
  • Of his 11 sacks on the year, six came over the final six contests
  • Sack in opener at Washington (9/9) gave him 107 in his career and moved him past Trace Armstrong into 17th on the NFL’s all-time list
  • The Texans game marked the 119th straight game in which he had started and played
  • It moved him past Richmond Webb (118) for the longest games started streak in club history while he surpassed Webb into fourth on the team’s all-time chart for consecutive games played
  • Sack at Cleveland (10/14) was the 110th of his career as he overtook Greg Townsend for sole possession of 15th on the NFL’s all-time list
  • The following week vs. New England (10/21), picked off a Matt Cassel pass and went 36 yards for a touchdown
  • It was his eighth career touchdown, setting a new standard for NFL linemen (since 1970), as he had been tied with George Martin
  • It was his third career interception return for a touchdown, tying him with Dick Anderson and Terrell Buckley for second on the Dolphins’ all-time list, trailing only Zach Thomas (4)
  • Contest at Buffalo (12/9) was the 169th of his career in the regular season, moving him past Zach Thomas into first on the team’s all-time chart for games played among defensive players
  • Contest at New England (12/23), in which he had a sack among a season-high seven tackles, was the 129th straight league game in which he had played, moving him past Jim Langer into first on the Dolphins’ all-time list
  • Finale vs. Cincinnati (12/30) marked his 169th start in the regular season, moving him past Thomas into first for games started among Dolphins defensive players
  • Was selected to the AFC Pro Bowl squad following the 2007 season, the sixth such honor of his career
  • Taylor’s six selections are second-most among Dolphin defenders all-time, trailing only the seven by LB Zach Thomas
  • Taylor has played 11 seasons with the Dolphins, one of 18 players in club history to attain that plateau
  • Taylor enters the 2008 season having played and started in 130 straight games, a streak which dates back to 1999
 
2006:
  • Started all 16 games at right defensive end, one of three linemen to start every contest for the Dolphins in ’06
  • Posted 62 tackles, a team-high 13.5 sacks, two interceptions, 11 passes defensed, 10 forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries
  • Sack total was third in the AFC and fourth in the NFL, marked the third-highest total in his career and represented the fifth time in his 10 NFL seasons that he attained double-digit totals in sacks
  • Tied for the team lead in interceptions (Renaldo Hill) and tied for second in passes defensed
  • Recorded at least one sack in 11 games
  • Produced six tackles and a pair of sacks at Houston (10/1)
  • Had a sack, forced fumble and fumble recovery on the same play, the fifth time in his career he accomplished that feat
  • The Texans game marked the first of five in a row in which he accounted for a sack, during which time he totaled seven
  • Recorded a pair of sacks and a forced fumble vs. Green Bay (10/22)
  • Went over the 100-sack mark for his career in game at Chicago (11/5) when he tackled Rex Grossman for an eight-yard loss in the second quarter, a play in which he also forced a fumble
  • On the Bears’ offensive series prior to that, Taylor picked off a Grossman pass and went 20 yards for a touchdown, putting the Dolphins ahead 14-3 as they went on for a 31-13 victory over the previously unbeaten Bears
  • It was the sixth touchdown of Taylor’s career and his first via an interception return
  • For his performance that day, was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week for the sixth time in his career
  • In 13-10 win over Kansas City the following week (11/12), blocked a Lawrence Tynes 48-yard field goal attempt in the second quarter, the first block of his career, snapping a string of 73 straight games in which the Dolphins had gone without blocking a field goal, PAT or punt
  • Had a sack, an interception, two forced fumbles and two passes defensed in 24-20 win over Minnesota (11/19
  • With the Dolphins holding a 17-13 lead, picked off a Brad Johnson pass and returned it 51 yards for a TD with 3:25 to play in the game
  • It was the sixth interception of his career, tying him with Kim Bokamper for the most-ever by a Dolphins lineman in a career
  • For his effort that day was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week
  • Overall in four games in November, tallied nine tackles, two sacks, two interceptions (both for TDs) and three forced fumbles, earning him AFC Defensive Player of the Month accolades
  •  Recorded 1.5 sacks and a pair of passes defensed vs. Jacksonville (12/3)
  • Posted five tackles, a sack, two forced fumbles and a pass defensed at Buffalo (12/17)
  • Was selected to the AFC Pro Bowl squad following the 2006 season, the fifth such honor of his career
  • Was voted as a starter, also the fifth occasion he has earned that honor
  • He was also picked as an AFC All-Star following the 2000, 2002, 2004 and 2005 seasons
  • Taylor’s five selections are tied with three others for the most among Dolphin defenders all-time
  • Was a consensus All-Pro pick following the season
  • Was the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year, the third Dolphin to earn that accolade, joining S Dick Anderson (1973) and DE Doug Betters (1983)
  • Also was the NFL Alumni Association’s Defensive Lineman of the Year as well as the AFC Defensive Player of the Year by the 101 Awards of Kansas City
  • In a vote of South Florida media and fans, was the winner of the “Dan Marino MVP Award” for the fourth time in his career
  • Was selected by his teammates as the winner of the “Don Shula Leadership Award” for the second time in his career
  • Named as an ESPY Award nominee for Best NFL Player of 2006


2005:
  • For the season finished third on the team with 77 tackles, led the team with 12 sacks for 80 yards in losses, was third with 11 passes defensed, had four forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, as well as one fumble return for a touchdown
  • His 12 sacks marks the fourth time in his career he has recorded double figures in sacks
  • He finished tied for third in the AFC and tied for fifth in the NFL in sacks 
  • Has started and played in 98 straight regular season games
  • Taylor has a total of 92.5 sacks, which ranks third among active players
  • For the 2005 season had one fumble recovery return for a touchdown, on Sept. 11th vs. Denver when he had an 85-yard return of a Jake Plummer fumble for a touchdown
  • Taylor now holds the Dolphin team record for most career touchdown fumble returns in club history and for most career touchdowns by a Dolphin lineman in club history
  • Was named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week for the games of November 24, 27-28 for his performance on November 27th at Oakland
  • In that game he had six tackles including three sacks, with one of them a safety, and added one pass defensed, one forced fumble, and one fumble recovery
  • It was his fifth career AFC Defensive Player of the Week honor, having previously earned that award twice in 2002 (Nov. 13 at Denver and Dec. 15 vs. Oakland), and once each in 2003 (Nov. 23 vs. Washington) and 2004 (Nov. 28 at San Francisco)
  • Was named to the 2006 AFC Pro Bowl team
  • It was his fourth Pro Bowl selection
  • His four selections are the second most among defensive linemen in Dolphin history, trailing only Bob Baumhower, who made five Pro Bowl squads


2004:
  • Started all 16 games at right end, one of only four Dolphins defenders to open every contest in ’04, along with LB Morlon Greenwood, CB Sam Madison and SS Sammy Knight
  • Recorded a career-high 90 tackles, a figure which ranked fifth on the squad
  • Also registered 9.5 sacks, 42 QB hurries, three fumble recoveries, two forced fumbles and nine passes defensed
  • Sack total led the team and tied for seventh in the AFC
  • Had at least one sack in seven games on the year
  • Had a season-high 10 tackles on two occasions; at Cincinnati (9/19) and at Denver (12/12)
  • Also came up with a sack and an interception of a Carson Palmer pass in the Bengals game
  • Had four tackles, a half-sack and a fumble recovery at Seattle (11/21)
  • It also was the 17th fumble recovery of his career, as he tied Dick Anderson and Bob Baumhower for the Dolphins’ all-time lead in that category
  • Registered a season-high three sacks at San Francisco (11/28), a figure that tied a single-game career-high achieved on three previous occasions, most recently on December 21, 2003 at Buffalo
  • Also defensed two passes, recovered a fumble and forced a fumble in the Dolphins’ 24-17 win over the 49ers
  • It was the 18th fumble recovery of his career, as he moved past Anderson and Baumhower as the Dolphins’ all-time leader in that category
  • For his performance, was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week, the fourth such honor of his NFL career
  • In a vote of media and fans, was named the winner of the team’s Dan Marino MVP Award for 2004
  • Was selected to the AFC Pro Bowl squad, the third such honor of his career

 

2003:
  • Started all 16 games at right defensive end
  • Recorded 71 tackles (50 solo), 13 sacks for 70 yards in losses, six additional tackles for loss, two fumble recoveries, three forced fumbles, five passes defensed and 36 quarterback hurries
  • Also recorded a safety on the season, the first of his career
  • Marked the fourth straight year in which he opened all 16 games
  • Sack total was second on the club, second in the AFC and fourth in the NFL
  • Registered 10.5 sacks over the final nine games of the season
  • Was credited with eight tackles and two forced fumbles at Jacksonville (10/12)
  • Registered three tackles, including a sack and a forced fumble, vs. New England (10/19), giving him 60.5 career sacks and moving him past Jeff Cross into sole spot of fourth on the Dolphins’ all-time list
  • Game vs. Indianapolis (11/2) marked the 100th of his career during the regular season
  • Tied a season-high with nine tackles in 24-23 Sunday night victory over Washington (11/23)
  • Included in his total were two sacks, his first multiple-sack game of the season and the 15th of his career
  • It also began a string of six straight games in which he would record a sack
  • For his performance in the Redskins contest, he was named as AFC Defensive Player of the Week for the week of November 23-24
  • On Thanksgiving Day at Dallas (11/27), had two tackles, including one sack, as he tackled Cowboys quarterback Quincy Carter for an eight-yard loss 
  • Taylor’s sack of Carter gave him 64.5 for his career, moving him ahead of Vern Den Herder into sole possession of third place among the Dolphins’ all-time sack leaders
  • His fumble recovery for a touchdown was the fourth TD he scored on a fumble recovery in his career, moving him into a tie for second place in NFL history (along with Bill Thompson and Derrick Thomas) for most touchdowns scored on fumble recoveries, trailing only Jessie Tuggle
  • Produced five tackles, including three sacks at Buffalo (12/21)
  • Sack total tied a career high that he had achieved twice previously, most recently on December 15, 2002 against Oakland
  • When he sacked Bledsoe for a four-yard loss in the second quarter, it gave Taylor 68 career sacks, breaking Bill Stanfill’s former team record of 67.5 career sacks
  • Finished the season by recording four tackles and a sack vs. N.Y. Jets (12/28), the sixth game in a row in which he tallied a sack, tying for the second-longest sack streak in Dolphins history

 

2002:
  • Started all 16 games at right defensive end
  • Along with CB Sam Madison and LB Zach Thomas served as a tri-captain on defense
  • Had 76 tackles, a team-high 18.5 sacks for 162.5 yards in losses, eight passes defensed, seven forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries
  • Added one stop on special teams
  • Tackle total was good for fifth on the team and first among defensive linemen
  • Ranked first in the AFC and in the NFL in sacks, becoming the first Dolphin in club history to lead the NFL in sacks
  • Taylor was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week on two occasions in 2002
  • He was cited for his performances in wins at Denver (10/13) and vs. Oakland (12/15)
  • They marked the first two Player of the Week awards in his career
  • Was named as a starter to the AFC Pro Bowl squad, as he was joined on the team by six other Dolphins, the most in the AFC
  • It was his second time being named to the Pro Bowl team, along with his selection in 2000
  • Along with DE Adewale Ogunleye’s 9.5 sacks, Taylor was part of the top sack tandem in the NFL in 2002, five ahead of their nearest competitors
  • Earned numerous honors following the season
  • Was a first-team All-Pro selection by Associated Press, Sports Illustrated, Pro Football Weekly, Football Digest, The Sporting News and College & Pro Football Newsweekly
  • Also was named the Defensive Player of the Year by Sports Illustrated, Kansas City 101, and the Touchdown Club of Columbus (Ohio)
  • Was chosen as the Pass Rusher of the Year by the NFL Alumni Association
  • Along with Ricky Williams, was named as the team’s co-MVP in a vote of South Florida media and fans
  • Was the winner of the team’s Leadership Award, as voted on by his teammates

 

2001:
  • Started all 16 regular season games at right defensive end
  • Was fourth on the club with a career-high 86 tackles (60 total), which ranked first among the team’s linemen and surpassed his previous career-high of 68 set in 2000
  • Led team in sacks with 8.5 for 44.5 yards in losses and collected a team-best 25 quarterback hurries
  • Also produced an interception, four fumble recoveries including one for a touchdown, four forced fumbles and seven passes defensed, which led Dolphins’ linemen
  • Was named a second-team All-Pro by the Associated Press
  • Had five tackles, including a sack and a pass defensed, in opener at Tennessee (9/9)
  • Recorded four tackles, a sack and two fumble recoveries vs. New England (10/7), when he picked up a loose ball at the Patriots’ 1 and scored the third touchdown via a fumble return in his career
  • Posted a season-high nine tackles at N.Y. Jets (10/14)
  • Had eight tackles and a sack at Seattle (10/28)
  • Notched four tackles, a sack, a pass defensed and a forced fumble vs. Carolina (11/4)
  • The sack in the Panthers contest was the 35th of his career, tying him with Manny Fernandez for ninth on the Dolphins’ all-time chart
  • The following week at Indianapolis (11/11), tallied five tackles, a sack, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery
  • Posted four tackles, a season-high 1.5 sacks and a forced fumble at Buffalo (11/25)
  • Recorded four tackles, a sack and an interception in Monday night win over Indianapolis (12/10), as he picked off a Peyton Manning pass
  • Had a half-sack in season finale vs. Buffalo (1/6/02), giving him 39.5 in his career and tying him with Kim Bokamper and Bob Baumhower for the sixth-highest total in Dolphins history
  • Started First-Round Playoff game vs. Baltimore
  • Recorded 10 tackles (six solo)

 

2000: 
  • Started all 16 games at right defensive end
  • Registered 68 total tackles (46 solo), including 14.5 sacks for 92 yards lost
  • Also had an interception, four fumble recoveries, a forced fumble and five passes defensed
  • Tackle total ranked sixth on the team and first among linemen
  • Sack total was second on the squad, trailing only DE Trace Armstrong, who tallied 16.5
  • It also was the second-highest figure in the AFC and fifth in the NFL in 2000
  • Recorded a sack in 11 of Miami’s 16 games in 2000, including three contests with two or more
  • Sack total of 14.5 established a new career-high to that point, surpassing his previous best of nine, which he first set in 1998
  • Taylor’s sack total was the fourth-highest single-season figure in club history at that time, and now sixth
  • In 2000, Trace Armstrong (16.5) and Taylor (14.5) totaled 31 sacks, the highest sack total by a duo in Dolphins history
  • Armstrong and Taylor ranked first and second, respectively, in the AFC in sacks in 2000, marking only the second time since sacks became an official statistic in 1982 that teammates finished 1-2 in a conference in sacks
  • Established a career high with four fumble recoveries in 2000, one of which he returned for a touchdown
  • Following the season Taylor was selected as a first-team All-Pro by the Associated Press, Pro Football Weekly, The Sporting News and USA Today
  • Was a first-team All-AFC choice by Football News
  • Was a second-team All-Pro by College & Pro Football Newsweekly
  • Was named the Dolphins’ Most Valuable Player in a vote of South Florida media and the fans
  • His sack of Akili Smith at Cincinnati (10/1/00) and subsequent forced fumble, fumble recovery and 29-yard touchdown return was voted as the Outstanding Defensive Play of the 2000 season in a vote of fans on NFL.com

 

1999:
  • Started all 15 games in which he played at right defensive end
  • Finished the year with 55 total tackles (32 solo), 2.5 sacks for 19.5 yards in losses, one interception, two fumble recoveries, including one for a touchdown, and four passes defensed
  • Also added seven special teams tackles over the course of the season
  • First NFL touchdown came in season-opener at Denver (9/13) when he recovered a Brian Griese fumble forced by Rich Owens and returned it four yards for a score
  • Had six tackles, a sack and a forced fumble vs. Philadelphia (10/24)
  • Posted a season-high seven tackles at Buffalo (11/14)
  • First career interception occurred when he picked off a Drew Bledsoe pass vs. New England (11/21)
  • Was inactive vs. San Diego (12/19) with a sprained right ankle sustained the previous week vs. N.Y. Jets
  • Started both playoff games following the 1999 season at right end
  • Totaled three tackles

 

1998:
  • Played in all 16 regular season games, starting 15 of them
  • Opened 14 contests at right end and one on the left side
  • Finished with 52 total tackles, nine sacks for 37 yards lost, a team-high four forced fumbles and nine passes defensed
  • Nine sacks were second on the club, trailing only Trace Armstrong’s 10.5
  • The total also was ninth-most in the AFC
  • Nine passes defensed were fifth on the club and the most among linemen
  • Put together three multiple-sack games on the year
  • Played in a reserve role in season-opener at Indianapolis (8/31) due to a partial tear of the distal third of the sartorius tendon in his left knee (tendon located behind the knee) that he sustained during the preseason
  • Tallied three tackles and a sack in the Colts game
  • Notched seven tackles, including two sacks, vs. Buffalo (9/13), marking the first multiple-sack game of his career
  • Posted three tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble at N.Y. Jets (10/4)
  • Registered a season-high eight tackles and a pass defensed vs. New England (10/25), when the Dolphins held the Patriots without a touchdown in a 12-9 overtime victory
  • Recorded five tackles, a sack and two passes defensed at Carolina (11/15) as the Dolphins held the Panthers without a touchdown in a 13-9 win
  • Had five tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble at Oakland (12/6)
  • Registered seven tackles and a sack vs. Denver (12/21)

 

1997:
  • Played in 13 games with 11 starts at right defensive end as a rookie
  • Was inactive for three contests with a fractured right forearm
  • Finished with 50 total tackles (43 solo), five sacks for 37 yards lost, two fumble recoveries, two forced fumbles and three passes defensed
  • Also came up with six special teams tackles on the year
  • Sack total tied with Derrick Rodgers and Tim Bowens for second on the squad
  • His five sacks tied Rodgers for the fourth-most ever by a Dolphins rookie at the time (now fifth), and they tied for fourth among NFL rookies in 1997, along with Minnesota’s Dwayne Rudd
  • In addition, Taylor and Rodgers’ combined ten sacks made them the second-most productive rookie sack tandem in Dolphins history (now tied with Lorenzo Bromell and Kenny Mixon, who also tallied ten sacks in 1998), trailing only A.J. Duhe (7) and Bob Baumhower (4), who combined for 11 in 1977
  • Their total was second among rookie sack tandems in the NFL in 1997
  • Made his NFL debut in season-opener against Indianapolis (8/31) when he started at right defensive end
  • Tied for second on the team with a season-high ten total tackles
  • Included in that total was the first sack of his career, as he dropped QB Jim Harbaugh for an eight-yard loss
  • Tallied seven tackles, including an eight-yard sack of QB Neil O’Donnell, at N.Y. Jets (10/12), when he also knocked down a pass
  • Came up with six tackles, including a sack, in the Patriots game
  • Registered three tackles, including a sack and a forced fumble, at Indianapolis (12/14)
  • Opened at right end in First-Round Playoff game at New England (12/28)
  • Was credited with three tackles
  • Earned several postseason all-rookie accolades
  • Was named to the all-rookie teams for Pro Football Weekly, College & Pro Football Newsweekly and Football News
  • Was also named as the Dolphins’ Newcomer of the Year in a vote of the South Florida media

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