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Jason Taylor honors Bowens with No. 95

Every time Jason Taylor pulls his New York Jets jersey over his head, he'll be paying tribute to an old Miami Dolphins friend.

Taylor wore No. 99 throughout his 12 seasons with the Dolphins but is switching because Jets linebacker Bryan Thomas has it. Of all the available numbers, Taylor chose No. 95 in honor of Tim Bowens.

"Timbo was one of my all-time favorites," Taylor said. "He's the most unselfish, underrated teammate I've ever had."

Bowens was a two-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle. He spent his entire 11-year NFL career with the Dolphins. He and Taylor were teammates for eight of those seasons.

"Wow, that's amazing, man, coming from him," Bowens told South Florida Sun-Sentinel columnist Ethan J. Skolnick. "It's an honor, man. A Hall of Fame guy like that, a former teammate. I didn't know the guys respected me like that. Wow. That's love."

Taylor wore No. 55 in his lone season with the Washington Redskins because No. 99 belonged to linebacker Andre Carter.

Of course, somebody's going to have to break the news to undrafted rookie defensive lineman Ernest Williams. He's listed as No. 95 on the Jets' roster. He also wore that number at Pitt.