Jason Taylor expects boos in Miami

Updated: September 23, 2010, 3:23 AM ET
By Jane McManus | ESPNNewYork.com

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- The moment Jason Taylor became accepted as a Jet, after he sacked Tom Brady so hard that he ended up on the ground himself, he couldn't hear it. He couldn't hear the crowd of New York Jets fans, who once used words to describe Taylor that your mother wouldn't want to hear, starting to chant his name.

He was on the ground, in so much pain with an injured elbow that he didn't realize he had finally become accepted as a Jet, by the Jets.

"I wish I could of had a situation where I could have enjoyed it and taken it in," Taylor said. "But I appreciate it. Maybe we're getting closer and closer to being accepted a little bit. But I just got to keep making plays."

He's made the connection with a new fan base just in time to visit the one he left behind in Miami. Despite the injury last week against the Patriots, Taylor is expected to play when the Jets visit the Dolphins on Sunday night. The winner will take possession of first place in the AFC East, at least for now.

Asked how he thought he might be received in South Florida, Taylor was realistic.

"I would imagine I would get booed," Taylor said. "I'm playing for the rival now."

Taylor, 36, was drafted in 1997 by the Dolphins and played there until last season, excluding a one-year stint with Washington in 2008.

Taylor said he wouldn't call any of the Dolphins and imagined they wouldn't call him, but he still has good friends on the team. Taylor said he has never been to the visitor's side, the opposite sideline of his old stadium, but he doesn't think it will be an issue.

"When the clock starts it's a regular football game," he said.

Still, he knows that some of the Jets faithful have accepted him, and that makes him think that he'll have some new fans in Florida.

"There was always a good bit of Jets fans there," he said, "so hopefully I'm getting them to clap for me a little bit now."

Jane McManus is a columnist for ESPNNewYork.com. Follow her on Twitter.

Jane McManus has covered New York sports since 1998 and began covering football just before Brett Favre's stint with the Jets. Her work has appeared in Newsday, USA Today, The Journal News and The New York Times. Follow Jane on Twitter.

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