Jason Taylor has tapped Jimmy Johnson as his opening act at August’s Hall of Fame enshrinement, paying the ultimate compliment to the coach who gave Taylor his big break back in 1997.
“He took a chance on an undersized defensive end and never looked back,” Taylor said in a video explaining why he asked Johnson to present him. “He gave me the opportunity of a lifetime.”
Johnson was in his second year as coach of the Dolphins when he selected the lanky Taylor with the 73rd overall pick. Taylor rewarded that faith by recording five sacks as a rookie, and eight more in Year 2.
Taylor and Johnson spent just three years together before the latter’s retirement from football, but the Dolphins’ newest Hall of Famer never forgot the impact his first NFL coach had on his career.
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