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Jason Taylor gives heart felt Hall of Fame enshrinement speech

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From his days of growing up in near poverty in Pittsburgh, to the Pro Football ultimate honor of election to the Hall of Fame, Jason Taylor has enjoyed quite a ride. Saturday night, that ride concluded, as he was immortalized in Canton and spoke for over half an hour about his journey.

The six time Pro Bowler who finished his career with 139.5 sacks and a 2006 NFL Defensive Player of the Year award, was presented by his first ever coach with the Dolphins, Jimmy Johnson. Johnson drafted him, when most in South Florida didn’t know anything about the defensive end out of Akron.

Well, he quickly changed that, becoming one of the feared pass rushers of his era. Back to Saturday night, Taylor wasted no time acknowledging fellow Hall of Fame teammate Dan Marino:

Taylor also showed class in acknowledging some the best QB’s of his NFL Tenure in this portion of the speech:

Finally, the hulking Dolphin icon got misty eyed wrapping his speech up, when he talked about his most important role. That role? Fatherhood:

We wrote previously that Taylor will get the opportunity to coach his son, as an assistant this fall.

Taylor became the 10th Dolphin enshrined in Canton, OH, and only the fourth to get in on the first ballot. Dan Marino was the latest one before him.

Saturday was certainly a night he and Dolphins fans will always remember fondly.

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