Dante Wesley

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Dante Wesley
Dante Wesley.jpg
Wesley at the Carolina Panthers 2008 Fan Fest
No. 29, 21, 23, 33
Cornerback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1979-04-05) April 5, 1979 (age 35)
Place of birth: St. Louis, Missouri
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) Weight: 211 lb (96 kg)
Career information
High school: Pine Bluff (AR) Watson Chapel
College: Arkansas–Pine Bluff
NFL Draft: 2002 / Round: 4 / Pick: 100
Debuted in 2002 for the Carolina Panthers
Last played in 2010 for the Detroit Lions
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Stats at NFL.com

Dante Julius Wesley (born April 5, 1979) is a retired American football cornerback. He was drafted by the Carolina Panthers in the fourth round of the 2002 NFL Draft. He played college football at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.

Wesley has been a member of the Chicago Bears, New England Patriots and Detroit Lions.

Professional career[edit]

First stint with Panthers[edit]

Wesley was drafted by the Carolina Panthers in the 4th round (100th overall) of the 2002 NFL Draft.

Chicago Bears[edit]

In March 2006 he signed a 2-year contract with the Chicago Bears.

New England Patriots[edit]

After one season with the Bears, Wesley was acquired by the New England Patriots for an undisclosed draft pick in the 2008 NFL Draft.

Second stint with Panthers[edit]

On September 3, 2007, after being released by the Patriots, he signed again with the Carolina Panthers.

Wesley scored his first career touchdown on a 12-yard fumble return against the New Orleans Saints in the 2008 season finale.

Clifton Smith incident[edit]

In the 2009 NFL season, during a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Wesley launched himself into punt returner Clifton Smith, who had called for a fair catch but not yet received the ball. Buccaneers players, feeling that Wesley's hit was an unwarranted cheap shot, swarmed onto the field. After a brief scuffle, order was restored. Wesley was assessed a 15-yard penalty and ejected. Ordinarily, kick catch interference is only a 15-yard penalty, but the officials ejected him because they felt Wesley's actions were unnecessary; referee John Parry explained the offense as "unnecessary roughness that was also a personal foul."[1] Smith sustained a concussion and an injured throat and missed the remainder of the game.[2]

Two days later, the NFL suspended Wesley for one game without pay. In a letter to Wesley, league disciplinarian Ray Anderson said that by leaving his feet and leading with his forearm, Wesley committed a "flagrant violation of player safety rules." Wesley said he never meant to harm Smith, saying he merely mistimed his hit on him. He also said he wanted to apologize to Smith.[3]

Detroit Lions[edit]

Wesley signed with the Detroit Lions as an unrestricted free agent on April 3, 2010. Wesley was cut after the Lions had to go to the 53-man roster. He was re-signed by the Lions on September 30, 2010. He was released on October 19.

NFL stats[edit]

Year Team Games Combined Tackles Tackles Assisted Tackles Sacks Forced Fumbles Fumble Recoveries Fumble Return Yards Interceptions Interception Return Yards Yards per Interception Return Longest Interception Return Interceptions Returned for Touchdown Passes Defended
2002 CAR 13 17 14 3 0.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8
2003 CAR 16 16 14 2 1.0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
2004 CAR 13 20 18 2 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2005 CAR 16 17 16 1 0.0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
2006 CHI 13 10 9 1 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2007 CAR 2 2 2 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2008 CAR 16 9 8 1 0.0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
2009 CAR 15 11 11 0 1.0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
2010 DET 3 2 2 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career 107 104 94 10 2.0 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 18

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