DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — Jason Taylor expects to hear jeers and hopes to hear cheers when steps back onto the Miami Dolphins’ field Sunday night wearing the uniform South Floridians hate most.
No. 99 is a longtime local favorite, but Taylor’s new green and white New York Jets jersey is sure to color the reception he receives.
The game will be Taylor’s first against the Dolphins after 12 seasons with them. The NFL’s active sack leader wanted to finish his career in Miami, but when there was no contract offer from the Bill Parcells regime last offseason, he reluctantly signed with the Jets.
The game puts Taylor in an unfamiliar situation, and it will be strange for the Dolphins. Taylor stirred up the anti-Jets vitriol every time he played against them.