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Taylor Not Thinking Ahead To Induction Day

Posted Feb 9, 2017

Taylor says there’s no hurry to think about who will present him for induction at the Pro Football Hall of Fame ceremonies in August and what the theme of his speech will be.

At some point, Jason Taylor will have to think about who will present him for induction at the Pro Football Hall of Fame ceremonies in August and what the theme of his speech will be.

But that time hasn’t arrived yet, and Taylor says there’s no hurry, either.

“Man, you are way ahead of me,” Taylor said Thursday during his press conference at the Baptist Health Training Facility at Nova Southeastern University. “You are so far ahead of me. No, and I don’t know. I haven’t picked a presenter yet. Literally, I got the news Saturday night, went to the game Sunday, did all of the orientation and measurements and stuff on Monday, got home late Monday night, my son had surgery at 6 in the morning on Tuesday and then it has just been nonstop. I haven’t had an hour where I’ve sat down yet and really took it in. When I get home at night, I just go to bed and try to get as much sleep as I can and kind of pound the pavement the next day. I’ll figure those things out.”

Taylor did say he had a plan in mind when it comes to preparing for the Hall of Fame induction ceremonies, which are scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 5 in Canton, Ohio.

“I’ll talk to a bunch of guys that are in. I’ll go have a bite to eat with Dan (Marino) hopefully and get a lot of direction with him but the theme, I didn’t even know there was supposed to be a theme. This is all new, man. I have a lot of people to thank and they give you, I don’t know … How long did you talk, Dan?”

The question was directed at Marino, who attended the press conference and indicated he spoke for 15 minutes when he was inducted in 2005.

“Dan talked 15 minutes; they give you eight,” Taylor said. “They try to stress to keep it to eight, but I don’t know how you get everybody in eight minutes. There are just so many people that make this engine run from upstairs, the administrators and assistants and coaches and equipment guys and security guys and trainers. There are a thousand people to thank and unfortunately, you only get so much time. So we’ll figure it out.”