Born Jason Paul Taylor on September 1, 1974 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Taylor was home schooled, but later played sports at a local high school where he lettered in football and basketball.
From college, Taylor was drafted by the Miami Dolphins and since then has shown a combination of speed and strength that, in one particular career highlight, resulted in Taylor becoming the first Dolphin in club history to lead the NFL in sacks when he acheived 18.5 sacks in 2002.
Off the field, when not involved in a variety of charity and fund-raising efforts with wife Katina, Taylor is sought after for TV appearances and has been a guest on BET's 106 & Park, MTV Cribs and Fox Best Damn Sports Show Period.
Taylor also has been featured in a publications such as Jet Magazine, and Sports Illustrated for Women, who named him one of the "10 Hottest Men in Sports".
In an off-field scuffle in 2006, Taylor made headlines after he was assaulted at knife point following an apparent road rage accident in Davie, Florida.
More tabloid press followed after wife Katina Taylor, sister of Dolphins linebacker Zach Thomas, filed for divorce from Jason in mid-July. Katina later rescinded the divorce petition against her husband in August, eight days before a hearing was scheduled.
Jason & Katina Taylor, married in June 2001, have three children: Isaiah, 3, Mason, 2, and Zoe, who was born Oct. 22, 2005.
Although the defensive lineman has publicly discussed the possibility of retiring soon, he ended the the 2006-2007 season being named the NFL's defensive player of the year by the Associated Press.