Jason Paul Taylor, born September 1, 1974 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, is an American football player who currently plays defensive end for the Miami Dolphins of the NFL. He attended the University of Akron.
From humble beginnings, Taylor was home-schooled during high school. He insisted on playing sports for what would have been his high school team in Pittsburgh, and lettered in both football and basketball.
Taylor then went on to attend college in Akron, Ohio, where he majored in political science and criminal justice. Following a prolific college career, Taylor was drafted by the Miami Dolphins and selected to the NFL All-Rookie teams for Pro Football Weekly, College and Pro Football Newsweekly and Football News in 1997.
The six-year veteran continues to make his mark in the NFL, intimidating opposing quarterbacks with his special combination of speed and strength that resulted in Taylor leading the league with 18.5 sacks in 2002. Throughout his career he has been showered with numerous accolades including All-Pro honors, Pro Bowl selections and having been named to the All-NFL Defensive Teams for the Associated Press, Pro Football Weekly, The Sporting News and USA Today to name a few.
When not wreaking havoc on the football field, Jason Taylor is an active member in his community, with a special place in his heart for young children. He has worked with children's hospitals in Pittsburgh, Akron and Miami, participated in events benefiting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis and has assisted in building homes in Miami through Habitat for Humanity.
Taking advantage of his success and celebrity status, Taylor stepped up his commitment to helping others in 1999, releasing his own twelve-month calendar with a portion of the proceeds going to benefit First Book, a national non-profit organization committed to giving children the opportunity to read and own their first new books. In 2000, Taylor joined teammates Trace Armstrong and Zach Thomas in forming the "Crunch on Paralysis" team that made a donation for every sack and tackle they made on the field. Throughout the 2000 season they raised nearly $52,000 and were named winners of the Dolphins annual Community Service Award.
In 2002, Taylor formed a relationship with the Urban League of Broward County. That December he created the "Dolphins Defensive Line Santa Sacks" program for which Taylor and the rest of his line-mates provided 100 at-risk children each with a $150 shopping spree at a local Target store.
Taylor's success and charisma have thrust him into the national spotlight off the football field as well as on. He has appeared on BET's 106 & Park, Fox Sport Net's Best Damn Sports Show Period and MTV Cribs. Jason has also been featured in a variety of sports and entertainment publications such as Jet Magazine, VIBE, Ocean Drive and Sports Illustrated for Women, who named him one of the "10 Hottest Men in Sports".
An avid golfer who also enjoys boating, Taylor currently resides in South Florida with his wife Katina and their sons, Isaiah and Mason Paul.
Official site: www.jason-taylor.com
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