Dansby with the Cardinals in 2017.
|No. 56 – Arizona Cardinals|
November 3, 1981 |
|Height:||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Weight:||250 lb (113 kg)|
|High school:||Birmingham (AL) Woodlawn|
|NFL Draft:||2004 / Round: 2 / Pick: 33|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of 2017|
Karlos Montez Dansby (born November 3, 1981) is an American football linebacker for the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for Auburn University and received All-American recognition. He was drafted by the Cardinals in the second round of the 2004 NFL Draft, and has also played for the Miami Dolphins, Cleveland Browns, and Cincinnati Bengals.
- 1 Early years
- 2 College career
- 3 Professional career
- 4 Personal life
- 5 References
- 6 External links
Dansby was an All-State linebacker and wide receiver at Woodlawn High School in Birmingham, Alabama, where he was a letterman in football, basketball, and track. He caught 51 passes for 857 yards and five touchdowns on offense, 81 tackles, six sacks, three interceptions, and two fumble recoveries on defense as a senior. In basketball, he played as a power forward, earning All-state honors as a junior. In track & field, he competed in the jumping events and got a PR of 6.73 meters in the long jump as a junior.
Dansby played for the Auburn Tigers football team while attending Auburn University from 2000 to 2003. He was a Butkus Award semi-finalist regarded as one of the premier defenders in college football. While he began his Auburn career at strong safety, he shifted to outside linebacker as a sophomore. In 36 games for the Tigers, he recorded 218 tackles (128 solos) with 10 quarterback sacks, 31 stops for losses, seven forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, 15 pass deflections, and eight interceptions for 107 yards in returns. He was First-team All-America and a first-team All-Southeastern Conference selection as a senior when he had 84 tackles (50 solo), 5.5 sacks, 13 stops for losses, 6 pass deflections, 4 caused fumbles. In 2002, he was a First-team All-SEC with 76 tackles (32 solo), 4 sacks, 10 stops for losses, 3 interceptions, 4 pass deflections, 2 fumble recoveries, and 2 caused fumbles.
|Ht||Wt||40‑yd dash||10-yd split||20-yd split||20‑ss||3‑cone||Vert jump||Broad||BP||Wonderlic|
|6 ft 4 3⁄8 in
|4.45 s||4.49 s||7.53 s||41 1⁄2 in
|10 ft 0 in
|All values from NFL Combine, except broad jump (Auburn Pro Day)|
Karlos was drafted in the second round by the Arizona Cardinals. Since being drafted, he has turned into one of the NFL's most productive linebackers, recording 41 sacks and 19 interceptions, taking six back for scores.
He was named to Pro Football Weekly’s 2004 All-Rookie team after starting 12 games. He accumulated 68 tackles, the most of any rookie on the team and recorded three fumble recoveries, one shy of the team's rookie record for fumble recoveries. In 2005, he became the first Cardinal linebacker to record two interception returns for touchdowns in a single season and finished the year with the first 100+ tackle season of his career with 103. He followed that by finishing 2006 with 94 tackles and eight sacks, both good for second on the team, despite missing two games due to injury. In 2007, he started all 14 games he played and led team with 117 tackles, marking second season with 100+ tackles (103 in 2005). On February 14, 2008, he was designated as the Cardinals' franchise player. He has been franchised twice by Arizona, in 2008 and 2009. Cardinals signed franchised Dansby to a one-year, $8.065 million contract. In 2008, Dansby led the Cardinals to the Super Bowl while again totaling over 100 tackles and making 4 sacks and intercepting two passes. Karlos Dansby's 2009 franchise tag guaranteed him $9.7 million in salary in 2009 and would made him an unrestricted free agent in 2010.
In a first-round playoff game against the Green Bay Packers on January 10, 2010, Dansby recovered a fumble in overtime by Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers and returned it 17 yards for the game-winning touchdown in the highest scoring game in NFL postseason history.
On March 5, 2010, Dansby signed with the Miami Dolphins to a five-year, $43 million contract with $22 million guaranteed, which made it the richest contract for an inside linebacker in NFL history until Patrick Willis signed a five-year, $50 million contract with the San Francisco 49ers. Dansby was released from the team on March 12, 2013.
Second stint with the Arizona Cardinals
He was released by the Browns on March 16, 2016.
Third stint with the Arizona Cardinals
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Dansby trains at EVO Ultrafit in Phoenix, AZ. He also is part African American and part Mexican. 
- Miami Dolphins release linebacker Karlos Dansby
- Cardinals Bring Back Karlos Dansby
- Report: Karlos Dansby, Browns agree on four-year deal
- McManamon, Pat (March 16, 2016). "Browns release Karlos Dansby, Dwayne Bowe". ESPN.com. Retrieved March 16, 2016.
- Sessler, Marc (March 29, 2016). "Bengals to sign veteran linebacker Karlos Dansby". nfl.com. Retrieved March 29, 2016.
- Urban, Darren (March 10, 2017). "Tres Los: Karlos Dansby Returns Again". AZCardinals.com.
- Shook, Nick (November 8, 2017). "T.Y. Hilton, Jared Goff among NFL Players of the Week". NFL.com.
- "Karlos Dansby Stats". ESPN. ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved 15 December 2014.