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In thanking the various figures who molded his career, Jason Taylor offered up a humorous mea culpa to Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder during his Pro Football Hall of Fame induction speech on Saturday.
Taylor was traded to the Redskins in 2008 after spending the first 11 years of his career with the Miami Dolphins and establishing himself as one of the league’s most productive pass rushers. But the six-time Pro Bowl pick was plagued by injuries in his lone season with the Redskins and was released the ensuing March.
Earning an $8 million salary for his year in Washington, Taylor went down as yet another expensive acquisition who did not pan out for the team.
“Dan Snyder, I had a good talk with Dan last night. Thank you for the opportunity to come to Washington. I know I didn’t give you much, 2½ sacks,” said Taylor, who actually recorded 3½ sacks. “Stole a lot of money from you, but I appreciate it. Hey, I’m just being honest, alright?”
Taylor said the situation came up for discussion at a party held by Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who also was among the seven inductees in Canton, Ohio.
“Redskins owner at the Cowboys party, me feeling awkward because I stole so much money from Dan,” Taylor said. “But he was very gracious, and Dan Snyder, thank you so much for what you did for my family.”
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