The Cardinals second-round selection (33rd overall) in the 2004 NFL Draft, Dansby spent six seasons with Arizona before signing with the Dolphins as a free agent prior to the 2010 season. For two consecutive seasons (2008-09), Arizona designated Dansby a “non-exclusive” franchise player on 2/14/08 and 2/18/09. Signed with Miami as an unrestricted free agent on 3/5/10, where he spent three seasons before being released on 3/13/13. Signed a one-year contract to return to the Cardinals on 5/10/13.
2012: Led the Dolphins with a career-high 133 tackles while starting all 16 games for the fourth time in his career … marked his second consecutive and sixth overall 100+ tackle season … also notched a career-high nine passes defensed and had one sack … led the team in tackles seven times and had three double-digit tackle outings … finished second on the team with nine tackles in the season opener @ Hou (9/9) … had a team-leading eight tackles and one pass defensed vs. Oak (9/16) … recorded eight tackles and a pass defensed vs. NYJ (9/23) … recorded his only sack of the season, taking down Kevin Kolb for a nine-yard loss in the fourth quarter @ Ari (9/30) … led the team with nine tackles vs. StL (10/14) … finished second on the team with nine tackles @ Ind (11/4) … tied for the team lead with six tackles vs. Ten (11/11) … collected a team-best seven tackles vs. Sea (11/25) … posted 10 tackles vs. NE (12/2) … led the team with 12 tackles @ SF (12/9) … tied for the team lead with nine tackles vs. Buf (12/23) … posted a season-high and team-leading 13 tackles in the season finale @ NE (12/30).
2011: Started all 16 games for the third time in his career … finished third on the team with 103 tackles, his fifth career season with more than 100 tackles … joined current Cardinals teammate Yeremiah Bell (107) and Kevin Burnett (105) in giving the Dolphins three players with 100+ tackles in a season for the first time in franchise history … added two sacks, an INT, a forced fumble, and four passes defensed … posted four double-digit tackle games and led the team in tackles five times … recorded five tackles and a forced fumble by Mike Tolbert @ SD (10/2) … posted six tackles and sacked LaDainian Tomlinson on a halfback pass play vs. NYJ (10/17) … led the team with a season-high 13 tackles vs. Den (10/23) … recorded seven tackles @ NYG (10/30) … ranked second on the team with 11 tackles @ KC (11/6) … collected a team-high 10 tackles vs. Was (11/13); also recorded a sack of Rex Grossman in the first quarter and picked off a Grossman pass and returned it 14 yards to help set up a TD in the fourth quarter; marked just the second time in his career he had a sack and an INT in the same game, with the first coming on 9/11/05 (two INTs, one sack @ NYG) when he was a member of the Cardinals … had four tackles vs. Buf (11/20) … registered a team-high seven tackles vs. Oak (12/4) … led the team with nine tackles and had a pass defensed vs. Phi (12/11) … tied his season high with a team-best 13 tackles @ NE (12/24).
2010: Played in 14 games with 13 starts in his first season with the Dolphins … finished the season ranked third on the team with 96 tackles and tied for third with three sacks … also had four passes defensed and two forced fumbles … led the team in tackles six times … started in his Dolphins debut @ Buf (9/12), tying for the team lead with eight tackles and sacking Trent Edwards for a nine-yard loss … recorded nine tackles and one pass defensed @ Min (9/19); stopped Adrian Peterson for no gain on 4th-n-goal from the Dolphins one-yard line with just over two minutes remaining in the game to help seal a 14-10 Miami victory … finished second on the team with eight tackles vs. NYJ (9/26) … tied for the team lead with nine tackles vs. Pit (10/24) … registered eight tackles @ Cin (10/31) … posted a team-high 10 tackles @ Bal (11/7) … tied for the team lead with eight tackles vs. Ten (11/14); also forced a fumble by TE Bo Scaife on the Titans opening possession that was recovered by Chris Clemons and led to a Dolphins TD … collected a team-leading 10 tackles and added a sack of Jay Cutler vs. Chi (11/18) … led the way with nine tackles @ NYJ (12/12); also sacked Mark Sanchez and forced a fumble that Sanchez recovered during the Jets last possession of the game as the Dolphins earned a 10-6 win … inactive (toe) vs. Det (12/26) … placed on injured reserve (toe) on 12/31.
2009: Started all 18 games played in 2009, marking the second straight year he started each regular season and postseason game … for the second consecutive year was named team captain prior to the season opener and for the third straight year led the Cardinals with 113 tackles during the regular season … marked the third consecutive season and the fourth time in the last five years he surpassed 100 tackles … in 75th career game, eclipsed 400 career tackles and tied for the team-high with seven tackles as well as one QB hit vs. SF (9/13); helped limit the 49ers to 21 yards rushing on 25 carries, the third lowest rushing total in SF history … led LBs with six tackles and forced a fumble on a third down sack of David Garrard @ Jax (9/20); marked 25.0 career sacks, tying E.J. Junior (25.0, 1981-88) for ninth most in franchise history … tied for the team lead with 10 tackles vs. Ind (9/27) … part of defense that held the Texans to 45 yards rushing on 21 attempts and prevented Houston from scoring from the one-yard line on three consecutive plays with under one minute to play vs. Hou (10/11) … led LBs with three tackles and one pass defensed @ Sea (10/18); part of defense that held Seattle to their lowest rushing output in franchise history (14 yards on 11 attempts) as well as 128 total net yards, the lowest yardage output by an opponent since 1990 (100-Dallas, 10/14) … played in 80th career game, totaling a team-high 10 tackles @ NYG (10/25); part of a defense that held New York to 40 yards below their season average in rushing yards per game; marked the 12th consecutive game (including playoffs) that the Cards defense did not allowed a 100-yard rusher … registered a team-high 10 tackles with two tackles for loss vs. Car (11/1) … made 75th career start and tied for the team-lead with six solo tackles @ Chi (11/8) … led the Cardinals with nine tackles and half a sack vs. Sea (11/15) … registered fourth 10 tackle game of the season (23rd of career) to lead the Cardinals @ StL (11/22) … despite leaving the game early in the 4th quarter with a shoulder injury, finished second on the team with eight tackles @ Ten (11/29) … after being limited in practice with a shoulder injury, totaled a team-high nine tackles with a pass defensed and an INT vs. Min (12/6); picked off Brett Favre at the AZ 30-yard line in the 3rd quarter, his first INT of the season; eclipsed 600 career tackles … tied for the team lead with eight tackles @ SF (12/14); surpassed 100 tackles for the third season in a row and for the fourth time in his career … recorded four tackles and one pass defensed @ Det (12/20); part of defense that allowed just 139 points on the road for the year, tying (1978, 1980) for the fewest points allowed by a Cardinals defense in road games since the NFL went to a 16-game schedule in 1978 … recorded a team-high six solo tackles as well as one tackle for loss and one QB pressure vs. StL (12/27); marked the eighth game he led or tied for the team lead in tackles … only played in the first two series of the regular season finale vs. GB (1/3/10); marked 90th career game played; finished the regular season with a team-high 113 tackles, the third highest total of his career … played a part in all three of the Packers turnovers, including a 17-yard game winning fumble return for a TD in OT of the Wild Card game vs. GB (1/10/10); deflected a pass into the hands of Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie that led to a Cards TD and 7-0 lead; on the next possession forced a fumble by Donald Driver at the GB 22-yard line to set up another TD and put Arizona up 14-0 … tied postseason career-high with a team leading 10 tackles as well as one tackle for loss and one pass defensed @ NO (1/16/10); finished tied for second on the team with 14 postseason tackles.
2008: Started all 20 games played in 2008, marking the first time in his career he played in all 16 regular season games ... named defensive team captain prior to season opener and for the second straight year led the team with a then career-high 128 tackles during the regular season as well as recording a team-high 37 tackles and six tackles for loss during the postseason ... started at weakside linebacker and collected seven solo tackles and a fumble recovery in the season opener @ SF (9/7); recovered a fumble by 49ers FB Zak Keasey in the first quarter caused by DT Darnell Dockett ... forced and recovered a fumble during a second quarter sack of QB Jake Delhomme while also recording nine tackles and a QB hit vs. Car (10/26); recovered a fumble at the Panthers five-yard-line leading to an Arizona TD on the next play to go up 10-0 ... led the team with 10 tackles, two QB hits and returned an INT a career-long 34 yards to the 49ers five-yard-line vs. SF (11/10), setting up an offensive TD two plays later to put Arizona up 29-24 with just over four minutes to play ... for the second time in three weeks registered 10 tackles as well as a tackle for loss vs. NYG (11/23); part of defense that held the league’s top ranked rushing offense at the time to 87 yards on 27 carries ... finished second on the team with a season-high 11 tackles, a tackle for loss and recovered a fumble at the AZ 22 yard-line vs. StL (12/7); eclipsed 100 tackles on the season ... started first career playoff game and led the team with three tackles for loss while he led the LBs with 10 tackles vs. Atl (1/3/09); part of a defense that held the Falcons, the second best rushing team in the NFL during the regular season with 152.7 yards per game average, to just 60 yards on 24 carries (2.5 avg.) ... registered a team-high 10 tackles as well as a tackle for loss @ Car (1/10/09); part of a defense the held the Panthers third ranked rushing attack (152.3 ypg.) during the regular season to just 75 yards rushing ... registered his first career postseason INT and led team with eight tackles in Super Bowl XLIII vs. Pit (2/1/09).
2007: Started all 14 games played and led the team with 117 tackles, his second season with 100+ tackles (103 in 2005) … led the team with 12 total tackles, a half-sack and one forced fumble in the season opener @ SF (9/10) … registered a tackle for loss, a QB pressure and a career-high tying two sacks, including a fourth quarter third down sack of Kyle Boller that forced a punt with 5:40 to play; resulted in an Arizona drive to set up a Neil Rackers 41-yard FG that tied the game with 1:58 left @ Bal (9/23) … recorded his first pass defensed of the season vs. Pit (9/30) as well as helped hold Willie Parker, the NFL’s leading rusher going into the game, to just 37 yards on 19 carries … led the Cardinals with a career-high 17 total tackles and 13 unassisted tackles, including a tackle for loss, and recorded 300th career tackle @ StL (10/7) … in 50th career game, tallied one solo tackle before leaving in the first quarter due to a knee injury vs. Car (10/14) … in his first game back from the knee injury, turned in an outstanding game with two INTs, a forced fumble, a pass defensed, four tackles, a QB pressure and a tackle for loss vs. Det (11/11); named NFC Defensive Player of the Week; marked the second multi-INT outing of his career with the first coming against NYG (9/11/05); helped hold Lions to -18 rushing yards, the lowest rushing total for team in the modern era … registered an INT @ Cin (11/18) to mark the first time in his career he has recorded an INT in consecutive games … for third time in 2007, led the team with 13 tackles and a forced fumble @ Sea (12/9) … registered his fifth double-digit tackle game of the season and third in four games with 10 tackles and a forced fumble that would result in a Cardinals offensive TD @ NO (12/16); also eclipsed 100 tackles for second time in career (103 in 2005).
2006: After battling numerous injuries which caused him to miss training camp, returned to action @ Sea (9/17) and collected two tackles and a pass defensed … had his best game since returning from his injury, tying Cardinals season-highs with nine solo tackles, two sacks of QB Damon Huard and a forced
fumble vs. KC (10/8) … received his first start of the year vs. Chi (10/16) and recorded five tackles … had a strong game starting at strongside linebacker with two tackles, a sack of QB Andrew Walter and a fumble recovery before leaving the game in the second quarter with a hip flexor @ Oak (10/22) … inactive (hip) @ GB (10/29) … returned to action with 12 tackles while also adding a pass defensed vs. Dal (11/12); eclipsed the 200-career tackle mark … for the second time in 2006, piled up 10 tackles and added two sacks in a game, this time bringing down QB Brad Johnson @ Min (11/26) … led the team with 12 tackles in a standout performance vs. Sea (12/10); had a pass defensed, a tackle for a loss and forced a FB Mack Strong fumble in the third quarter that led to the Cardinals retaking a lead they would never relinquish on a Larry Fitzgerald TD catch … shared the team lead in tackles with eight while also adding an Alex Smith sack and a forced fumble @ SF (12/24) … recorded eight tackles, a tackle for loss and earned his third multi-sack game of the season @ SD (12/31), bringing down QB Philip Rivers twice.
2005: Had a career day in the season opener @ NYG (9/11) recording two INTs, including one that was returned 18 yards for a TD; sacked Eli Manning and also recorded three solo tackles … recorded his second sack in as many games taking down Rams QB Marc Bulger for a nine yard loss in the fourth quarter vs. StL (9/18) … posted 10 tackles for the second time in three weeks vs. Car (10/9); also recorded a pass defensed and a forced fumble that was recovered by DT Ross Kolodziej … had a big day vs. Ten (10/23), recording 11 tackles and a sack of Titans QB Billy Volek; forced and recovered a Volek fumble in the process … recorded two tackles before leaving the game with a groin injury @ Det (11/13) … inactive with a groin injury @ StL (11/20) … returned to start vs. Jax (11/27) and recorded nine tackles … intercepted Eagles QB Mike McMahon and returned it 11 yards for a TD, his second of the season; added five tackles and a pass defense vs. Phi (12/24); his two INT returns for TDs established a franchise single-season record for a LB … recorded a team-high 10 tackles @ Ind (1/1) to finish the season with 103 tackles, the first 100-tackle season of his career.
2004: Made an immediate impact on the Cardinals defense after being selected in the second-round of the 2004 draft … named to Pro Football Weekly’s 2004 All-Rookie team … started 12 games while collecting 68 tackles, the most of any rookie on the team … recorded three fumble recoveries, one shy of the team rookie record for fumble recoveries set by Tom Wham with the Chicago Cardinals in 1949 … played in a reserve role in the season opener @ StL (9/12) and recorded four tackles on defense and one stop on special teams … recorded the first start and sack of his career @ Atl (9/26) when he took down Michael Vick early in the third quarter to force the Falcons into a 3rd-n-14 situation; also recovered a Vick fumble in the Arizona redzone … became a regular starter with his second consecutive start vs. NO (10/3); recorded two tackles and one QB hurry … recorded four tackles and a fumble recovery @ SF (10/10) … did not record any tackles on defense but his presence was felt after intercepting a Matt Hasselbeck pass by out-leaping TE Jerramy Stevens in the second quarter to set up Neil Rackers second 55-yard field goal of the game vs. Sea (10/24) … recovered his third fumble of the season @ Mia (11/7) when DE Bertrand Berry sacked Dolphins QB Jay Fiedler forcing a fumble; sacked Dolphins QB A.J. Feeley for his second sack of the season … inactive @ Car (11/21) due to a neck and shoulder injury sustained against the Giants the previous week … had one of the best days of his young career in the season finale with seven stops and a QB pressure, which led to Darnell Dockett’s INT vs. TB (1/2).
Butkus Award semifinalist was regarded as one of the premier defenders in college football … began Auburn career at strong safety, shifting to outside linebacker as a sophomore … in 36 games for the Tigers, recorded 218 tackles (128 solos) with 10 sacks for minus 70 yards, 31 tackles for loss, seven forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, 15 passes defensed, and eight INTs … All-America first-team selection by the American Football Coaches Association, the 23rd Auburn player to earn that honor … unanimous all-Southeastern Conference first-team pick.
Personal:All-State linebacker and wide receiver at Woodlawn (Birmingham, AL) High School … caught 51 passes for 857 yards and five TDs on offense, 81 tackles, six sacks, three INTs, and two fumble recoveries on defense as a senior ... also played basketball, earning All-State honors as a junior … Sociology major … cousin of former Notre Dame defensive lineman Melvin Dansby