Originally posted on Fox Sports Florida  |  Last updated 12/11/11
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. - Standing in a near-empty locker room in the bowels of Sun Life Stadium long after Sundays game, Jason Taylor couldnt see much more than a lot of used athletic tape tossed about. But, figuratively speaking, there was something quite clear in his vision. I see the bridge, but Im not sure how far away it is, the Miami linebacker said when asked by FOX Sports Florida if this will be his final NFL season. Taylors team had just lost 26-10 to Philadelphia, assuring he will miss the playoffs for the eighth time in his 13 seasons with the Dolphins. If he indeed retires after 15 overall years, he has three games left and just one at Sun Life, the Jan. 1 season finale against the New York Jets. Taylor, 37, has been contemplating retirement since signing a one-year deal last summer with the Dolphins after one season with the Jets. He also had left Miami for one season in 2008, going to Washington. Taylor came back hopeful of having a rousing finish with the Dolphins before his likely eventual enshrinement into the Hall of Fame. The fairy tale for everybody is their last game is to be in a Super Bowl. I want the Michael Strahan story, Taylor said, referring to the New York Giants defensive end who went out with a dramatic February 2008 win over New England in the Super Bowl. It doesnt happen for everybody. Whenever that road ends, look, its been a hell of a journey. Ive been so blessed to be on that train for 15 years or how many years it ends up being. Taylor sure sounds like a guy leaning toward stashing his cleats deep in his garage. But he insists hes made no decision on his future. Taylor said he might make it before the Jets game but, then again, might not. Hes even keeping his wife, Katina, and his three children in the dark. My wife has asked sometimes, Taylor said. My kids have asked sometimes. They all have an opinion. I havent come to that bridge yet. Its coming. Its down the road. Taylor is playing as if could stick around another season. He had two sacks, both in the first quarter, against the Eagles. That gives him six for the season and 138 for his career. He moved Sunday into sixth place in NFL history, passing Richard Dent and John Randle, who each had 137 . Its always good to make plays, but it wasnt enough (Sunday) to help us, Taylor said. We needed to do more. You just cant enjoy things like that when you lose. I dont want to call it a sickness, but Ive always been that way. Like I said, 4 oclock (the approximate time 1 p.m. games end) is tough when it doesnt go your way. These 4 oclocks will make you feel old. With the Dolphins 4-9 this season, Taylor has had plenty of tough 4 oclocks as well as some difficult 7 oclocks. This will be the fifth losing season hes had in his past six seasons with Miaimi. Taylor hasnt been with the Dolphins in the playoffs since 2001. He was a Redskin when Miami last made it in 2008. Theres a lot of people that deserve better, Taylor said. Unfortunately, Ive been around a long time and havent had as many wins in this city as I would have liked or done as many good things as I would have liked as a team. But what can you say right now? Life goes on. You got to keep going. Its easy to sit here and feel sorry for myself and feel sorry for this team and we lost a game and were disappointed in all the things that go into it. But particularly at this point in the year, holiday season, the more things you do out in public you see people that really have things to complain about. What the hell do we have to complain about? Even if he's never been beyond the divisional round of the playoffs with Miami, it's sure hard to find complaints about Taylors career. He's been to the Pro Bowl six times and led the NFL with 18.5 sacks in 2002. Taylor is just three sacks behind Strahan for fifth on the all-time NFL list. But if retires this season, his exit will be far different from Strahans. Im enjoying this journey, enjoying the hell out of it, trying to soak it all in, staying around a little longer, talk to the guys a little longer, get to know some of these puppies a little bit, Taylor said of coming back this season for his possible finale in Miami. Soak it all in. If this is the end of the road, its the end of the road. If this season is indeed the end, Taylor will arrive at the bridge at about 4 oclock on Jan. 1. Chris Tomasson can be reached at christomasson@hotmail.com or on Twitter@christomasson
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