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Jason Taylor Thanks Dolphins Fans with Billboard in Miami (Picture)

During his 15-year NFL career, Jason Taylor left the Dolphins twice.  He found his way back to Miami both times.  Taylor signed with the Redskins in 2008 before returning to the Dolphins in 2009.  He then signed with the Jets last season before going back to Miami again this year to close out what should be a Hall of Fame career.  Since 131 of his 139.5 sacks and 13 of his 15 NFL seasons were spent with the Dolphins, Taylor decided to thank the fans with a billboard near Sun Life Stadium.  Here is a picture that Darren Rovell passed along:

Billboards have managed to withstand the test of time through the internet and new media generation.  Sometimes they work and other times they don’t.  Some billboards are just for fun while others result in a player being fined for something he didn’t do.  In any event, this is a classy move by one of the NFL’s all-time great defensive ends.

H/T to Los That Sports Blog for passing the picture along.

Rex Ryan Dumps Gatorade on Jason Taylor

We all knew that Rex Ryan wasn’t the most orthodox coach in football. From taunting Miami fans at an MMA event to challenging his players in a weight loss competition, Ryan does things unconventionally. I mean how often do you see a coach dumping gatorade on a player? Isn’t it supposed to work the other way around? Not for Ryan. He decided to celebrate Jason Taylor’s sack and win over his former team with a gatorade bath. Check out the Rex Ryan and Jason Taylor gatorade video:

Just like Nick Saban, they nailed Taylor in the head. I’m sure that’s the biggest hit he took all night.

Parcells Pulling ‘The Player’ Crap Again

We’ve been over this before back when the Tuna was in charge of Dallas. He obviously clashed with Terrell Owens, which isn’t much of a shocker given the way T.O. behaved in previous stops at Philly and Baltimore (never amounted to be a stop). Even with the way T.O. destroyed the Eagles — which he did — I’m not quite sure Owens deserved the lack of respect he was given by his head coach. Parcells never referring to him by name, but as “The Player,” was a childish game that probably wasn’t necessary. And now that Parcells is gone, T.O. had a great year and has been rewarded with a superb contract, and he hasn’t even been a problem. Well, looks like The Tuna never learned his lesson since he’s up to the same tricks again:

In his interview with The Palm Beach Post (and in other quotes that have been published so far) he didn’t mention Taylor by name, instead referring to him as “the player,” just as he did with Owens two years ago.

“We’re not actively trying to trade the player, I can tell you that,” Parcells said. “We have never been actively trying to trade the player. We’re not trying to do that.”

Associated Press reporter Tim Reynolds said during his 30-minute interview Parcells called Taylor “the player” once and otherwise didn’t name him at all.

See, I missed this part of the story. I knew that yesterday Parcells kissed and made up, if not because he realized his errant ways, but maybe because he realized it would provide him more trade leverage if it appeared Taylor would play with the Dolphins this year. Why I ask, why must he call him “The Player?” How disrespectful is that? What’s the reason for it? Taylor’s priorities may not be in line with the team’s current mission and that of the younger players, but he’s still the franchise player. Give him the respect he’s due and at least name him by name. That’s weak Parcells, weak.