At a Cigar Night to benefit Dan Marino's foundation
Posted: Wednesday September 20, 2006 11:39AM; Updated: Wednesday September 20, 2006 11:39AM
Jason Taylor (left) and Michael Silver catch up in Miami.
Naked boys with runny noses ran around the backyard of Jason Taylor's Davie, Fla., home on Monday evening as the Dolphins' Pro Bowl defensive end dressed for a night on the town. Taylor's tireless wife, Katina -- sister of Dolphins linebacker Zach Thomas and mother of in-the-buff Isaiah, 3, Mason, 2, and fully clothed Zoe, 11 months) -- carried two large paper bags into the kitchen as Jason, wearing a white button-up shirt under a khaki suit, rushed in to kiss her goodbye for the night.
"You guys are welcome to have some ribs and chicken," she said cheerfully.
Jason shook his head and smiled. "That's OK," he said, "we'll settle for steak and lobster instead."
We were headed to Dan Marino's annual cigar night at Jackson's Steakhouse in Fort Lauderdale, a ritzy event that benefits the Hall of Fame quarterback's foundation. First, Taylor and I stopped by a bowling alley to make an appearance at Miami tight end Randy McMichael's charity function, an '80s-themed event that saw the host in a light-blue tux and Jheri-curl wig, Dolphins linebacker Channing Crowder in full Prince getup and agent Drew Rosenhaus doing his best Don Johnson/Miami Vice impersonation.
Later, as we pulled up to the steakhouse in Taylor's black Bentley and saw the slew of sport coats inside, he said, "Note the contrast in crowds. We're in the high-rent district now."
Silver: You seem really excited about this event. I've never seen a guy smile this much after losing two games in a row. What's up with that?
Taylor: Danny's not only a great friend, but he's also the person I've modeled myself after in terms of launching my own foundation. I don't want my career to be just a flash in the pan; I want to create a legacy through my foundation that makes an impact long after I'm done playing football. Dan has done that, and his events are always exceptionally classy, which is what I've tried to strive for with mine. Plus, I love a good cigar. Would you like one?
Silver: Nah, I'm good. (Two minutes later I have a lit cigar in my left hand and a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon in my right.)
Silver: Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit smoking.