Jason Taylor has tapped Jimmy Johnson as his opening act at August’s Corridor of Fame enshrinement, paying the last word praise to the coach who gave Taylor his huge break again in 1997.
“He took an opportunity on an undersized defensive finish and by no means seemed again,” Taylor stated in a video explaining why he requested Johnson to current him. “He gave me the chance of a lifetime.”
Johnson was in his second yr as coach of the Dolphins when he chosen the lanky Taylor with the 73rd general decide. Taylor rewarded that religion by recording 5 sacks as a rookie, and eight extra in Yr 2.
Taylor and Johnson spent simply three years collectively earlier than the latter’s retirement from soccer, however the Dolphins’ latest Corridor of Famer by no means forgot the influence his first NFL coach had on his profession.
“I actually took my time with this determination, however the extra I considered it, the identical identify all the time goes to the highest of the record,” Taylor stated. “So I am excited and honored to inform you that my presenter this August would be the man that believed in me from Day 1.”
Taylor added: “Coach, thanks, and I sit up for seeing you in Canton.”
Taylor, who completed his profession with 139 1/2 sacks, the seventh-most in NFL historical past, is a primary-poll choice to the Corridor. He shall be enshrined on Aug. 5, together with kicker Morten Andersen, operating again Terrell Davis, security Kenny Easley, proprietor, president and basic supervisor Jerry Jones, operating again LaDainian Tomlinson and quarterback Kurt Warner.
Johnson, who gained a collegiate nationwide championship on the College of Miami in 1987 and two Tremendous Bowls with the Dallas Cowboys, has been a finalist for the Professional Soccer Corridor of Fame up to now, however has not but been voted in.
“Honored to current @JasonTaylor in HOF,” Johnson wrote on Twitter. “1 of probably the most gifted gamers I ever recruited or coached..He made performs that WON video games!”