ORLANDO — Jarvis Landry would love to go down as an all-time Miami Dolphins great.
Who knows if Landry will ever have a shot at the Pro Football Hall of Fame, like Jason Taylor, but he certainly — if he stays — would have a chance to be one of the best players in franchise history.
Well, how about Jason Taylor.
“If he could be in Miami for a long haul, he could be one of those legendary guys,” Taylor said Sunday night, after the Pro Bowl. “He really has the talent. He has the commitment. He loves the game of football. That’s the biggest thing. It’s the love of the game. And he loves this game.”
Taylor was a legendary captain for the AFC during Pro Bowl week.
“This is what I miss,” Taylor said. “This is what I miss about the game. I’d give my left arm, almost, for a chance to do this again. So to be in the locker, the pregame locker room with coach Tomlin talking, with guys laughing and joking and getting a chance to come compete, you know, you still get that itch.”
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The AFC won and Taylor said he was yelling from the sideline at Denver’s Von Miller to end the game with a sack, which Miller did.
Landry had five catches for 78 yards, including a 49-yard bomb from Kansas City’s Alex Smith.
Does Taylor believe Landry is going to stay with the Dolphins?
“We hope,” Taylor said. “I mean, in this day of free agency, you never know what happens. But listen, guys might get one bite at this apple. So I don’t begrudge a guy at all if they go and take care of themselves financially, if it doesn’t work out with the team, or whatever. There is very little loyalty in this league. I played for Miami for a long time but had to go to New York and had to go to Washington. It is what it is. It’s a business. And anybody that thinks otherwise if fooling themselves. Any fan that thinks otherwise is fooling themselves. This game, as good as it is, will chew you up and spit you out when it’s done with you. I want those guys to get as much as they can while they can get it.”