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JT thanks local media for 11 memorable years

Seth Levit, the executive director of the Jason Taylor Foundation, just popped into Dolphins camp on business and part of that business was to pass out letters to 30 or so selected members of the media which Jason Taylor wanted to reach out to.

Taylor, now with the Washington Redskins, wanted to thank those media members who covered him throughout his Miami career -- an unnecessary, but very classy move. Taylor wrote those members of the media a letter.

Here is the one delivered to me:

Dear Armando,

I hope this letter finds you well. The last few weeks have been quite a whirlwind for me but now that I am beginning to get my feet back on the ground, I want to take a moment to reach out to some of the journalists who covered me on and off the field throughout my Miami Dolphins career.

While it may sound like rhetoric, I sincerely feel as if my 11 years in Miami were some of the most memorable of my life. The amazing moments, sometimes triumphant and sometimes, well, pretty darn awful, all had a major impact on me -- and you were there to capture so many of them. As professional athletes living and working in the public eye, we often complain about the "media" and how we are covered. I know I have done my share. Looking back, however, I am fortunate enough to say that the positive words written and said aobut me far outweigh the negative and because of the hard work you and your peers put in, I can someday sit down with my three children and share with them a very special time in my life.

So I want to thank you, Armando. Thank you for telling me who you think I am and who you think I am not. I want to thank you for providing South Florida fans an opportunity to get to know me in some small way. I want to thank you for supporting my community work and more than anything, for your professionalism. I'm sure you didn't always agree with every decision I made on the field or every statement I made off of it, and there is a good chance that I didn't always agree with every word you wrote or said, but in the end, we both have jobs to do and I'd like to think we did them with a mutual respect.

As a token of my appreciation, please accept this small gift [a leather computer/travel bag]. I'm hopeful that you can put it to good use as you continue to tell important and interesting stories about the players and organization that will always have a unique place in my heart.

Sincerely,

Jason Taylor

Anyway, I know many Dolphins fans are still Jason Taylor fans. Figured you guys might like to hear about him. And for the sake of disclosure, Herald ethics policy requires I not keep the bag. Oh well.

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wow... classy move from the classiest of players

ps- can i have the bag?

He must not have been reading your blog during the offseason, Armando! LOL.

Anyway, JT is a classy guy, and hopefully fans will remember him as such, rather than as the monster most of the media made him out to be this year.

yeah dude, share the bag

I wish he had stayed here in Miami....

I was able to obtain a copy of the letter sent to Omar Kelly as well…it follows:

Dear Omar,
I hope this letter finds you well. The last few weeks have been quite a whirlwind for me but now that I am beginning to get my feet back on the ground, I want to take a moment to reach out to some of the journalists who covered me on and off the field throughout my Miami Dolphins career.
While it may sound like rhetoric, I sincerely feel as if my 11 years in Miami were some of the most memorable of my life. The amazing moments, sometimes triumphant and sometimes, well, pretty darn awful, all had a major impact on me -- and you were there to capture so many of them. As professional athletes living and working in the public eye, we often complain about the "media" and how we are covered. I know I have done my share. Looking back, however, I am fortunate enough to say that the positive words written and said aobut me far outweigh the negative and because of the hard work you and your peers put in, I can someday sit down with my three children and share with them a very special time in my life.
So I want to thank you, Omar. Thank you for telling me who you think I am and who you think I am not. I want to thank you for providing South Florida fans an opportunity to get to know me in some small way. I want to thank you for supporting my community work and more than anything, for your professionalism. I'm sure you didn't always agree with every decision I made on the field or every statement I made off of it, and there is a good chance that I didn't always agree with every word you wrote or said, but in the end, we both have jobs to do and I'd like to think we did them with a mutual respect.
As a token of my appreciation, please accept this small gift [a leather computer/travel bag]. I'm hopeful that you can put it to good use as you continue to tell important and interesting stories about the players and organization that will always have a unique place in my heart.
Sincerely,
Jason Taylor

His last 2 years in the NFL as a Dolphin would have been special!! Oh well, maybe he will come back and retire a Dolphin!

I wished he would have not danced on TV and shown up for all practices, voluntary or not. When your team goes 1-15 the year before, and you are a team leader, you sacrifice your post-football career for your current football career while you are under a football contract, even if it does not require you to be at a voluntary practice. If the team had made the playoffs the year before I would be typing something very different.

You mean to tell me that he would not have been asked to be on it next year? Or the year after? Please...

No one ever questioned JT's heart or his class. He and Zach Thomas were the silver lining of the Jimmy Johnson debacle.

It just confirms what I already knew...thanks for sharing this with me. By the way thank you for allowing a Dolphan to read about my beloved team through your eyes.

Thanks again,
Jesse V. of PA.

PK, what is your point son? Or are you really Omar coming over here hoping to get more readers to go over to read his lame stuff?

We'll allways be Jason Taylor fans. I'm also a big far of those two picks we recieved upon your departure, but all is fair in love and war.

Jason pushed the limits and posibilities at the defensive end position. Although experts claimed he niether had nor the size (bulk) nor the strength to make it in the NFL. Upon arrival he proved critics wrong. As a football fan I have yet to see a quicker first two steps than Taylor off the line. Due to his dominance rules were engaged protect lineman from that kind of quickness. At the end I totally understand his behavior. The organization disrespected his brother, by cutting the hall-of-famer, although now thinking back Sporano did handle the situation far better than the Green Bay staff with Brett Farve. JT would have been a terror playing off the edge as outside linebacker, but I do feel like it was his time to go and explore options with a contender.

Mando, we boys again or what?

Sorry but I don't buy it. JT is no dummy. He is making sure he repairs any bridges he may have burned and knows the media can be ruthless.

He is probably going to retire and remain in South FL and he doesn't wants his years in Miami to be covered in a negative light due to his departure. I am sure he wants the Marino type of cheers when he's shown on the big screen etc but I just don't see it. I am no longer a fan because of how it ended.

In time I too will come around probably, but ultimately I feel he handled everything very poorly.

I am sure JT really cares what I think. Good luck in Washington and your politics should feel right at home :)

flpd,

This isn't to take away from Armando, I think for the most part he does a good job covering the team, but Omar is probably one of the best at covering the Phins I have read in a long time. His stuff isn't lame, it's usually thorough and well thought out insight. I think PK was just pointing out, jokingly, that JT probably sent a canned letter out...

Whether he did or not, JT is a class act. I hate to see him in another uniform, but in the end, I think the move worked out to everyones advantage.

Armando,

Thank you for sharing that with us!
Very nice letter.

There are not many athletes around like JT.
I will always root for him.

Thanks again.

OMG...classy or damage control? You choose. Can't say I miss the prancing prima donna.

Hey flpd,
Other than being a mean sprited SOB that mostly just rips others, what's your point/problem?? Mandroids bodyboy?

JT, We miss you and good luck!

Too bad he didn't think of doing this *before* he gave the Fins and their fans the finger as he left.

What's with this sudden letter writing fad anyway? Anybody can write a letter and claim it's how they really feel but how do we know? Al Davis just wrote a letter too, is he telling the truth as well? And who even writes letters anymore?

JT was great with the Phins, gave us a lot of great memories and I wish him well, but at this point I'll take the draft picks.

Good Luck JT....If it was me...Parcells or Redskins???....I think I would have stayed in Miami....that`s just me...

I am currently wiping my butt with whatever's comments. You're a little loser.

Good stuff Armando. I appreciate you taking me inside the interaction between a player and a reporter. I'm sure you could tell some interesting stories. Thanks.

Well, canned or not, I like the gesture. Yeah there were a few bumps in the road as he left, but you have to look at the WHOLE body of work. All 11 years.

I just think the good outweighs the bad in this case. My lasting images of JT for me will be him playing his hardest even when the Phins were at their worst.

A proud Dolphin if there ever was one.

Good luck JT!

Listen, damage control or not, lets face the facts here. JT was always respectful to the media and fans. He was a class act to the league and to the Miami Dolphins. We've seen some bad apples come through here, and thankfully JT was not one of them.

Remember Sammie Smith, Cecil Collins, Chuck Muncie or the countless other classless criminals?

Be thankful JT was who he is. While he may not have been perfect, he was awful close considering what he went through during his tenure. Why disrespect this player? It makes no sense.

I love reading the whiny little Nancy's complaining about how JT left town. I understand you are a fry cook, and you have to kiss the ass of your employer, but people with skills are allowed to call their own shots. I will miss JT severely but I don't blame him one bit. He doesn't owe the janitors of South Florida one penny. Don't take it out on JT because you have no marketable skills and have to put up with your boss' BS and he doesn't...

actually the fins should have traded jt when they traded chambers... i said it then and i still believe it... and 4 all u readers takin shotz at each other... WHY?

I hated to see JT leaving miami but it worked out for both parties. what did we get for him? was it 2 draft picks or something like that? good luck jason

PK was saying that the letter was probably what they call a "form letter". You can get a computer program, type a letter, put blanks where you want names to go, then make a list of the names. The program will plug the names into the blanks, so it SEEMS like he wrote a letter to each when he really just wrote one letter.

Even if it is a form letter, it's a classy gesture. He didn't have to send anything. I know about journalism ethics rules, but that still sucks about the bag. He doesn't play here, it's not like you cover him regularly anymore. And we all know it would take a lot more than a leather bag to make you say ONLY good things about JT.

If you absolutely cannot keep the bag, JT would probably want you to auction it off and donate the proceeds to a South Florida charity.

Is the bag up for auction on ebay yet?

Armando,

What's the Herald's policy on journalists accepting gifts? I know a lot of B2B journalists who are unable to accept gifts (or dinners even) over a certain dollar value. I was wondering if that was different in the sports world.

-scott in NJ

Form letter. That ain't classy. That is just marketing. What I love about pro athletes is that they speak their minds. They play with their hearts on their chests and don't a crap about who is doing what.
Now I don't think JT is a bad guy, just a smart guy.
But, I am glad to see he is gone. A "whirlwind" "feet on the ground"? Where is the trash can, I want to puke? He sounds more like a debutant, than a football player. Beauty queen! I said last year that he was too soft on Lady Brady and it appears that I was right.

Dear Armando,

Don't ever say my name again. I hate you.


--Jason Taylor

The Herald has a ethics policy? Ask Matt Pinzur

Armando you were very critical of JT at the end because you thought he wasn't being totally honest with us fans. And he wasn't. I remember you mentioning he was pissed at you.

But the letter which he obviously approved shows he has respect for you. So I have respect for you ... and him.

For whatever reason he wrote that letter as some of you like to criticize, it was still done in a classy way. And that's why I was always a big JT fan. Not only is he good looking and a great player, but he ALWAYS played with heart and took care of the kids in his town, and still does. I applaud that because there are many players in this league that only care for themselves. I hope that he retires in Miami someday. Well, who am I kidding, I wish that he would play for the Fins again. XOXO to all you haters!

bs! he's not classy when he was demanding a trade behind closed doors to the team and then acted like nothig was going on... he wanted out and that's it.. she should have stayed until the end just like marino did... i could care less about jt now... unlike Zach, who was indirectly traded to the Cowboys, he is just another greedy player who was looking for a little more fame.. why would he ask for a big market team? because he wanted to aid his so called "future "hollywood career.." nevertheless, good move by Parcells to get a 2nd round for him, when he's scheduled to play for only 2 more years...

Even if the idea was from a PR person hoping to pave the way for his movie career, Jason went with it. He also paid in one way or another for those bags. And even if he didn't write the letter, he approved and agrees with it.

And that's just the most synical take on how it could have gone down. Also could be that it was 100% all Jason.

Only question is the exact mix of motivation. Regardless, it is a class move from a class guy. How many other times you seen the like from a pro athelete? Remember that he also bought full page (and expensive) adds thanking the fans when he left.

Remember when Dan and Jason were on the Same field together?

We were still good... *sigh* long ago tho...

Watching Brett Favre throw 6 touchdowns makes me wonder...


What would have Dan Be with a Lavenues Coles

Or a Randy Moss...

Sad...

Heal Up Jason... Do that RedSkin Thing...

Will Always be a fan, cheering for you and Zack long as your not playing my fish.

Live Long Be Blessed

I have read all the comments posted here. Seems that JT tried to do what he always does, be a gentleman. He played 11 hard years for the Dolphins and we are all sad that's over. Why it's over is not the issue. He has moved on and will continue to work hard and be as much a gentleman in Washington as he was in Miami. That won't change. I would like to thank all of the Dolphin fans for all your support you gave him while he played there. I know he appreciated all you've given him. Thanks from the whole family!

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