The high level of mutual respect between Jimmy Johnson and Jason Taylor has always been obvious, but that was reinforced when Taylor recently announced that he wanted JJ to present him at his Aug. 5 induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
“I told Jason I was honored and happy to do it,” Johnson said by phone earlier this month, adding that the challenge has been writing a speech “where it’s not too long. They tape the speech now, because everyone got so long winded over the years.”
Before his second year coaching the Dolphins, Johnson selected Taylor in the third round, 73rd overall, out of Akron in the 1997 draft.
Johnson then coached Taylor in JJ’s final three seasons coaching the Dolphins.
Taylor went on to be a six-time Pro Bowl selection and four-time first- or second-team All-Pro. Taylor was named the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2006 and also named the Walter Payton Man of the Year in 2007.
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