Below are some of the highlights of Jason Taylor’s farewell press conference. I do believe that he loves it here in Miami, but I also am still befuddled at why he chose the Jets. Nothing can ever make up for that decision. He is an enemy now, and there is no more we can do about that.
“It’s was a tough decision. At the end of the day it came down to looking for an opportunity to play.”
- “I went and got my shoulder fixed so I could play again and it came to looking for a job and I had only one place to go.”
- “It wasn’t meant to be. It’s sad in a way. But it is what it is.”
- “I’m happy somebody wants me to play for them. The Jets have given me an opportunity to play and not just an opportunity.”
- “The way it ended here is very difficult not only to myself but my wife.”
- “I made it very clear when I sat down with coach sparano, ‘Do you want to play in 2010?’ Yes. ‘For the Dolphins?’ Yes!”
- “Let’s get this clear: I didn’t strategically go to a team to play Miami twice a year. This was the only offer.” (I’m sure if you would have waited longer more would have come along.)
- “Do I expect them to love me after all the things I said, no. Fireman Ed called me a meathead … I’ve been called worse, trust me.” (You’ll be called worse by Miami fans over the next year!)
- JT on his now former teammates: “I love the guys. They know how I feel about them. I love them to death.”
- Does Taylor regret not taking the extension offer: “It wasn’t the right time. I wasn’t comfortable with contract situation coming up then. “Maybe I grew up old school, but our focus was on playoffs not time to talk money. And why would I not want to do a deal without my agent.”
- “If I was important enough that you wanted me in November. Why don’t you want me now? I’m better now. My shoulder works now.” (The Dolphins have reportedly said they want to wait until the draft is over to decide on your status. Do you not get that?)
- “I think I have a lot to offer, but there’s only two of us who think that. Me and Rex.” (Well at least you have Miami’s most hated person on your side! That’s something to be proud of!)
- “the love I have for fans down here and people down here … my heart will still be with them. But my heart will also be in my work.” (So you love both the Fins and the Jets? Get real.)
- JT on Dolphins: “They don’t owe me anything .. I owe a lot to Dolphins org. They afforded me a lot of things, my spot in life. “
- “Hopefully one day I can walk back in the stadium and not get booed.” (Well don’t walk in anytime soon and expect that. Maybe in another lifetime.)
- “I wanted to retire here. I came back home and felt good about it. Fans felt good about it … I was happy to be here. It is tough.”
- “The one constant in life is change. I’m not bigger than the game.”
As you can see, I’m a little bitter at this point at JT. He was a fan favorite for Miami, and one of my personal favorites. I have his jersey hanging in my closet as I type this. I do not know what I will do with the jersey, I will not be wearing it anytime soon, unless I transform it into a “Traitor” jersey.
I have said all that I wanted to say on this situation. Tomorrow Taylor will sit down with Joe Rose on his radio show, and I will give you the highlights of that, but that will be the end of the Jason Taylor escapade until we play the Jets during the season. Then we will pay a little visit down memory lane.