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Dolphins Jason Taylor to retire

DAVIE, FL (AP) - Miami Dolphins linebacker Jason Taylor began by saying the moment was unfortunate.

He then quickly corrected himself. He considered Wednesday's retirement announcement as a fortunate day in his personal life.

After 15 seasons, 13 with the Dolphins, Taylor will play his final game Sunday against the New York Jets at Sun Life Stadium. "This will be my last game as a Miami Dolphin as a professional football player," Taylor said. "I look forward to enjoying this week and soaking it all in for the next few days. We have a game left to play. There will be time for thank yous and goodbyes. This is not the time for that."

Taylor will end his career against the team he played for during the 2010 season. He spent another year with the Washington Redskins, but will always be remembered for his days with the Dolphins. He recorded most of his success in Miami where he put up numbers worthy of Hall of Fame consideration.

"In my opinion, that's a no-brainer Hall of Fame player," Jets coach Rex Ryan said. "What a guy. He was a phenomenal teammate here. We only had him the one year, yet he affected the team so positively."

Taylor ranks sixth in NFL history with 139.5 sacks. The league began counting the statistic in 1982. His 131 sacks with the Dolphins are the most in franchise history. Taylor was a six-time Pro Bowl selection, winning the Defensive Player of the Year in 2006.

He said he made the decision after consulting with friends, including former Dolphins teammates and brother-in-law Zach Thomas. "I figured out this was the right move to make, the right time to do it," Taylor said. "It's been a tough year, unfortunately. We've had some good times, we've had a lot of bad times, too."

Taylor said the lone regret of his career was never winning a championship with the Dolphins. Team owner Stephen Ross released a statement saying Taylor "will always remain an integral part of the Dolphin family."

"We congratulate him for all he has done and we are looking forward to continuing to work with him as he begins the next chapter in his life," Ross said.

Taylor compared his locker-room experiences with the Dolphins as a fraternity. He spent many days playing dominoes with teammates after practice, building a friendly rivalry with receiver Brandon Marshall.

Marshall jokingly said he let Taylor win a game Wednesday so that "he's going out a winner."

"I played dominoes with the guy every day," Marshall said. "There are only a few guys that have that fire that loves to compete that hates to lose. The thing I noticed about J.T. when we're playing dominoes is that it doesn't matter, it's a friendly game, there's nothing on the line but he hates to lose."

Taylor said his future plans are unknown, but they won't involve returning to football.

"I'm not even going to leave the door open for any of that stuff," Taylor said. "I might even change my cell phone number so they can't get me."

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