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Thursday, April 22, 2010
Taylor sings new Jets tune: 'Kumbaya'

By Tim Graham

Jason Taylor knows he has some fences to mend with New York Jets fans.

The former Miami Dolphins star ragged on the Jets for years. He ridiculed their organization, their chant and their stadium.

Jason Taylor
After years of tormenting the Jets and their fans, Jason Taylor is now a Jet himself.
But at Taylor's introductory news conference Wednesday, he said "I'm one of you guys now."

Taylor is a Jet, and they're going to need to forgive him.

"I think the number one currency in the NFL is what you do on the football field," Taylor said. "If you want to get results, if you want to get something done, if you want to get a new contract, the best way to go about doing that is by your play. That's what I plan to do: Come over here and play my butt off like I have for 13 years in the league and give this organization and these fans everything that I have.

Dolfans still were stung by Taylor's departure. One faction views him as a traitor for jumping to the hated Jets, but most seem to be upset with the Dolphins' front office for mishandling Taylor.

The Dolphins insisted upon waiting until after the draft to address Taylor's future. But there were no promises they would re-sign him, especially if they picked up a blue-chip outside linebacker. And there were no assurances the Jets wouldn't do the same.

Taylor had almost no choice but to take the only offer on the table.

"It is pretty ironic where we find ourselves right now," Taylor said, "but I think God lets things happen in life for a reason, and this is where I'm supposed to be right now. I'm here for one reason, and I'm here to play football as best as I can to help this team win a Super Bowl.

"People in Hollywood spend a lot of time trying to figure out a way to end a movie or people try to find a way to end a book. What better ending is it than to win a Super Bowl? To do it here would be pretty ironic, but it would be awesome."

Jets reporter Rich Cimini caught up with the Jets' most famous fan, Fireman Ed Anzalone, to get his take on the Taylor signing for ESPNNewYork.com.

"I don't like the way he talked about Jets fans, but you have to move on," Anzalone told Cimini. "The bottom line is, Jason Taylor is a competitive maniac. If he plays with the same anger and passion with the Jets as he did with the Dolphins, it could be a marriage made in heaven."