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Saturday, January 19, 2008

Jason Taylor a finalist for Walter Payton award

Jason Taylor is one of four finalists for the NFL's Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award, the NFL announced Sunday.

Joining Taylor as top candidates for this year’s award, named for the legendary Chicago Bears running back, who died in 1999, are Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward, Kansas City Chiefs guard Brian Waters and Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten.

The Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award is the only league award that recognizes a player’s off-the-field community service as well as his playing excellence. Taylor is hoping to join Hall of Famers Dwight Stephenson (1985) and Dan Marino (1998) as Dolphins to receive this honor.

"Walter Payton represented everything that is great about our game, so to be considered for an award bearing his name is truly an honor,” Taylor said in a statement released through the Dolphins. “The list of individuals who have won this award in the past is an impressive one, especially those from the Dolphins organization in Dwight Stephenson and Dan Marino.

"They are all outstanding people both on the field and in their communities. We have hundreds of players in the NFL that are doing amazing things in their communities every day, so it means a lot to me and our Foundation to be recognized among that group."

The winner of the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award will be announced live before Super Bowl XLII, on February 3.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very interesting. So is one of the categories that the NFL will measure is how much of a hard time JT gave Cam Cameron this year? Was that part of his community service?

12:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought the same thing ... What hypocrasy. I hope he doesn't win it, just like he hwasn't won a Super Bowl ring.

12:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, stop it. Cam Cameron earned every bit of criticism he received.

Anyways, this isn't about what happened between Cam and the veterans, or Cam and Jason for that matter. This is about a man who gives a lot back to the South Florida community. A man who has helped make the lives of young South Florida children a lot better by all the charitable work he does. Jason Taylor certainly deserves this award. I hope that he wins it.

12:30 AM  
Anonymous notvotingforhimeither said...

i vote with the first two anonymous comments. I will find a hard time forgetting about what a 'big deal' player he is supposed to be, and how when things were the very worst, he showed what a 'little person' he could be with regards to Cam Cameron. Sure in the end he gave the game ball to the Coach, but beofre they had won when it was soooooo awful, he was very small. In the corporate world you would simply say he WASN'T a team player. He just wasn't in it for thick and thin. I don't wish him badly, he's probably an okay guy most of the time, but he didn't live up to his hype when it was so desperately needed.

2:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought JT was quite kind to Cam throughout the season. He was always very careful about public statements, which is difficult when you are a pro-bowl player on a 1-15 team. He should win an award for keeping his composure.

3:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jason Taylor still hasn't said anything negative about Cam Cameron. The only reason we know he had problems with him is because of what other players have said. So I'm really confused by the bashing. Dolphins players were pissed about how Cam handled Jason and how he talked to him, not the other way around.

With that said, if on field performance has anything to do with it, then Jason prob won't win this year.

9:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with the last post, JT has been very discreet in what he has said publically about Cam. Unlike Zach T, he played through injuries on a god awful team. If he win's than more power to him. Ultimately giving back to the community is what all of us need to do.

11:04 AM  
Anonymous Sunnunu said...

Jason Taylor was asked clearly if he "believed" in Cam Cameron and answered: "We better. I believe in the players in this locker room."

He was asked about his relationship on espn and I remember him saying something akin to "its different than it was with nick."

Jason is a baby. Maybe if he had concentrated on playing better than his passive aggressive approach to Cam, he would have absolved himself ffrom this critique.

11:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why are people defending that fool Cameron. You Dolphin fans make me sick. Jason Taylor lives and dies on each play and you support some joke of a guy who drafts families. You guys are weasels.

JT, i hope you win it, you def deserve it.

12:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

sunnunu, those are what you call political answers. It happens every day in the NFL. It's how Jason said his relationship with Cameron wasn't good without dragging it all out into the open. You can't expect everyone to get along, but you can expect them to handle things professionally...and he did that.

12:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i agree with sunnunu. jason had the chance to kill the rumors and clearly SUPPORT the coach. instead he had the nerve to bring up Nick compare Cameron to Sabin. That has to b ethe worst. I mean think about it...Cameron, was obviously in over his head, but he NEVER lied to us, he did not do what Sabin did, to the players, the media, the owner and the fans. JT could have so easliy done the right thing, but you know what he CHOSE to uphold Nick Sabin, instead of just doing the right thing. I porsonally don't care if he gets traded, his legacy which could have been really different will always be lackluster at this point.

1:47 PM  
Anonymous UCFfinfan said...

56 tackels, 11 sacks, 5 deflections, 1 INT, one TD, 4 FF, 3 FR........all you haters need to shut your mouth about JT. Those are stats of a DE.........fake ass fans. JT bled for this team this year and kept his mouth shut about that clown who you fickle assholes are now defending. You all make me sick, go route for the pats and get out of this DOLFAN blog.

2:25 PM  
Anonymous Bad Karma said...

I am so sick of you fake fans that do nothing but blame JT and Zach for the performance of this team. You fake fans disgust me. Why dont you all take a look at the rosters for todays AFC championship game and ask yourself why there are 4 dolphins cast offs are starting today in the AFC championship game. Heath Evans, Junior Seau, Wes Welker, and Chris Chambers were all contributors in Miami. JT and Zach have never publicly denounced the prior 3 coaching staffs or management regimes for any of the boneheaded decisions they have made in the last DECADE. They are class acts. You fake fans are tired and disgusting.

4:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

badkarma and ucf, you two sound like the hater's....bitter too.
stay @ ucf, and keep your hating away from this blog, or maybe goint to see Sabin would be a better idea for you.

have you never heard that it's not how you start but how you finish the course? jt may have been great for many years, but he leaves different than when he came in. get over it. it's a new day for dolphans.

10:39 PM  
Blogger Rob said...

Cam Cameron: Rookie Head Coach who led team to worst Dolphin record ever and longest Dolphin losing streak. Very questionable personnel moves. Widely reported as having lost respect of SEVERAL veterans.

Jason Taylor: 11 year Dolphin, 600+ career tackles, 100+ careers sacks (3rd active players), 40 forced fumbles, three probowls, defensive player of the year, team and community leader.

Anyone who criticizes this guy is no true Dolphin fan. Maybe if he didn't support Cameron it was a sign, validated by our horrendous record.

Congrats JT, on and off the field you're work is impressive.

1:45 AM  
Anonymous ucffinfan said...

damned strait rob, and the loser who posts anonymously, you are just a clown.

11:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rob, Jason has been selected to the Pro Bowl six times.

5:13 PM  
Anonymous Bad Karma said...

Hey anonymous, before you trash JT and act like you know what going on with the Dolphins why dont you learn how to spell Saban first.

Here's something else to ponder... why have JT and Zach survived 4 head coach firings if they are so awful. We know you are a Jets fan so go back to your Jets blog idiot.

9:46 PM  
Anonymous Martin K said...

In case Armando is on vacation or something... Kansas City writers were told that Karl Dorrell is indeed heading to Miami over KC. ESPN reported that the 3 amigos (Pasqualoni, Bowles & Rodgers) are also coming to Miami and not staying w/ Dallas. Hope you feel better Armando.

1:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

just read Bill is asking Trent Green to come back as well. That's pretty shocking to me.

1:51 PM  
Anonymous Martin K said...

Sun Sentinal now reporting we've hired a running backs coach and a strength & conditioning coach.

3:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Armando has got to be on vacation because he would be the first with this kind of information.

Hate to say it, but I miss him.

4:18 PM  
Anonymous Brett said...

Schnellenberger is being interviewed at the Senior Bowl.

9:42 PM  
Anonymous Patrick said...

I jumped JT a couple times this season because of what I perceived as lack of leadership. In hindsight, it is easy to see that everyone from the players, to the fans, to the coaching staff lived through what can only be described as a nightmare... Selfishly, I lashed out at the best players on this team because it made me feel better. I apologize JT.

Though you could have handled things differently, none of us was capable of handling such a disastrous season. The things you have done for this community off the field should in no way reflect what happened on the field, particularly this year. I for one, would love to see you win this award. Maybe in some small way it can compensate for what we have all been through.

The light at the end of the tunnel is that there is nowhere to go but up!

10:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cameron was hired as the Ravens Offensive Cord today. Does this mean he is not on the Dolphins payroll anymore?

10:06 PM  
Anonymous Patrick said...

Armando would know better, but I believe The Dolphins have to pay the difference between what he makes now and what they paid him.

9:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did Armando get a new job? I've seen several posts on PFT calling him:'s Armando Salguero....

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