Yes, that's right. The two stalwarts of the Miami Dolphins late 1990s and early 2000s defenses, the brothers-in-law, the two players going into the Dolphins' Ring of Honor together this fall, also share a birthday. Linebacker Zach Thomas turns 39 today, while defensive end Jason Taylor is one year younger at 38.
Thomas played in the NFL for 13 seasons, 12 with the Dolphins and one as a member of the Dallas Cowboys. He was named first team All-Pro five times (all with Miami), as well as was a Pro Bowl selection seven times. Thomas recorded 1,733 tackles in his career, 1,639 of which were with the Dolphins. He also tallied 19.5 sacks in Miami, with one more in Dallas, along with 17 interceptions (all with Miami), returning four for touchdowns.
Taylor, meanwhile, only retired after last season, playing 15 years in the league, 13 with the Dolphins. He spent the 2008 season with the Washington Redskins and the 2010 season with the New York Jets. Taylor retired with 139.5 sacks, 131 of which were as a member of the Dolphins. Taylor had 777 tackles in his career, 712 with Miami. He also tallied 8 interceptions, returning three for interceptions (all with Miami), and 29 career fumble recoveries, 27 with the Dolphins. Taylor holds the NFL record for must fumbles recovered for touchdowns, with six.
With Taylor's retirement after last season, it has cleared the way for the Dolphins to induct Thomas and Taylor into the team's Ring of Honor together, as it should be. The induction ceremony will happen at halftime of the October 14 game when the Dolphins host the St. Louis Rams.