Dannell Ellerbe

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Dannell Ellerbe
Dannell Ellerbe MT Stadium 2012 Practice.jpg
Dannell Ellerbe at Ravens M&T Bank Stadium practice in August 2012.
No. 59     Miami Dolphins
Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1985-11-29) November 29, 1985 (age 28)
Place of birth: Hamlet, North Carolina
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) Weight: 240 lb (109 kg)
Career information
College: Georgia
Undrafted in 2009
Debuted in 2009 for the Baltimore Ravens
Career history
Roster status: Injured reserve
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2014
Tackles 285
Sacks 6.5
Interceptions 3
Forced fumbles 1
Stats at NFL.com

Dannell Antonio Ellerbe[1] (born November 29, 1985) is an American football linebacker for the Miami Dolphins for the National Football League (NFL). He was signed by the Baltimore Ravens as an undrafted free agent in 2009. He played college football at Georgia.

College career[edit]

Ellerbe went to the University of Georgia for five years. He played for four seasons after a redshirt freshman year. During his SEC career he played in 43 games, totaling 148 tackles, 8.5 sacks, 3 interceptions, 2 Fumbles Recovered and 1 Forced Fumble.

Awards[edit]

Earned 2nd-team All-SEC honors by the Associated Press, Southeastern conference coaches and Rivals.com as a junior. Accepted invitation to play in 2009 East-West Shrine game after his senior season.

Professional career[edit]

Baltimore Ravens[edit]

Dannell Ellerbe was signed as an undrafted free agent during the 2009 season by the Baltimore Ravens. Ellerbe had a surprisingly large role that year for Baltimore. While starting three games, he recorded 41 tackles and an interception which he returned 28 yards in a Week 17 win against the Oakland Raiders.

In a 2010 preseason win against the St. Louis Rams, Ellerbe returned an interception 45 yards for a score but was yelled at on the sidelines by head coach John Harbaugh for showboating. [2] Ellerbe had held the ball in front of him twice during the return. Ellerbe made the roster as a backup linebacker behind Jameel McClain, who also was signed by Baltimore as an undrafted free agent. Dannell Ellerbe's tackles dropped to 31, but he recorded his first career sack.

In 2011, Ellerbe played in 9 games, starting 3 in Ray Lewis' absence due to injury. He recorded 19 tackles. Going into the 2012 season as a restricted free agent, Ellerbe was re-signed to a one-year, $1.927 million contract.[3]

On November 9, 2012, Ellerbe was fined $10,000 for his hit on Cleveland Browns running back Trent Richardson in Week 9.[4]

On January 20, 2013, in the AFC Championship game against the New England Patriots, Ellerbe intercepted a pass from Tom Brady that had been tipped by Pernell McPhee in the 4th quarter with 6:49 remaining in the game. This was one of the three turnovers by the Patriots that allowed the Ravens to win 28-13 and advance to Super Bowl XLVII, where they would defeat the San Francisco 49ers 34-31.

Miami Dolphins[edit]

Ellerbe signed with the Miami Dolphins on March 12, 2013.[5] In his first season with the Dolphins, he finished the year with 101 total tackles, 2 interceptions and 1 sack

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