Karlos was recruited to Auburn by then head coach Tommy Tuberville in a setting different than the football field. Tuberville said he first scouted Karlos at a basketball game in his hometown of Birmingham, Ala. “He was a very good basketball player,” Tuberville said. “He was just one of those guys, if he wanted to do it, he could get it done. He always had the athletic ability; you talk about explosion, he could jump out of sight. But the thing that set him apart, was his instincts. You’d put them out there and you didn’t have to coach them a whole lot, because their instincts were right so much of the time.
Karlos was recruited to Auburn by then head coach Tommy Tuberville in a setting different than the football field. Tuberville said he first scouted Karlos at a basketball game in his hometown of Birmingham, Ala. “He was a very good basketball player,” Tuberville said. “He was just one of those guys, if he wanted to do it, he could get it done. He always had the athletic ability; you talk about explosion, he could jump out of sight. But the thing that set him apart, was his instincts. You’d put them out there and you didn’t have to coach them a whole lot, because their instincts were right so much of the time.”
Signed as an unrestricted free agent from Arizona by the Dolphins on March 5, 2010 . . . Originally a second-round draft choice (33rd overall) by the Arizona Cardinals in the 2004 NFL Draft.
2010 - Played in 14 games with 13 as a starter . . . Finished the season ranked third on the team with 96 tackles (79 solo) and ranked tied for third on the team with three sacks for 20 yards in losses . . . Led the team in tackles six times and finished second twice . . . Had two games of double figure tackles . . . Over the last seven years (2004-10), he is the only player in the league to have totaled both 25 sacks and ten interceptions . . . Made Dolphins debut in a starting role at Buffalo (9/12) and tied for the team lead in tackles with eight stops along with one sack, tackling Trent Edwards for a nine-yard loss . . . Registered nine tackles and one pass defensed at Minnesota (9/19) . . . Made a key tackle of Vikings running back Adrian Peterson for no gain on fourth-and-one at the Dolphins one-yard line with 2:21 left in the contest to preserve the Dolphins’ 14-10 lead that would eventually be the final score . . . Finished second on the team with eight tackles vs. N.Y. Jets (9/26)…Tied for the team lead in tackles vs. Pittsburgh (10/24) with nine stops . . . Registered eight tackles at Cincinnati (10/31) . . . Led the Dolphins with ten tackles at Baltimore (11/7) . . . Tied for the team lead with eight tackles vs. Tennessee (11/14) in a performance that also included a forced fumble, forcing a Bo Scaife fumble on the Titans’ first possession of the game that was recovered by Chris Clemons . . . The Dolphins went on to score a touchdown as a result of that fumble . . . Led the team in tackles with ten stops vs. Chicago (11/18) along with one sack, tackling Bears quarterback Jay Cutler for a seven-yard loss . . . Topped the team with nine tackles along with one sack, tackling quarterback Mark Sanchez for a four-yard loss, at N.Y. Jets (12/12) . . . The sack came during the Jets’ last possession of the game and helped seal Miami’s 10-6 win . . . Was inactive vs. Detroit (12/26) with a toe injury . . . Placed on Injured Reserve on Dec. 31.
2009 - Started all 16 regular season games . . . Marked the second straight year he started all regular season games . . . Named team captain prior to the season opener . . . Led the team with 113 tackles (90 solo) during the regular season and added one sack, an interception and a forced fumble . . . Marked the third consecutive season and the fourth time in the previous five years he surpassed 100 tackles . . . Eclipsed 400 career tackles and tied for the team-high with seven hits vs. San Francisco (9/13) . . . Helped limit the 49ers to 21 yards on 25 carries, the third lowest rushing total in San Francisco history . . . Led linebackers with six tackles and forced a fumble on a third down sack of David Garrard at Jacksonville (9/20) . . . Tied for team lead with 10 tackles vs. Indianapolis (9/27) . . . Part of defense vs. Houston (10/11) 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 . . . Led defense at Seattle (10/18) to limit Seahawks 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 . . . Totaled team-high 10 tackles at N.Y. Giants (10/25) and helped hold New York to 40 yards below their season average in rushing yards per game . . . Registered team-high 10 tackles vs. Carolina (11/1) . . . Led Cardinals with nine tackles and a half sack vs. Seattle (11/15) . . . Totaled team-high nine tackles with one pass defensed and an interception vs. Minnesota (12/6) . . . Recorded team-high six solo tackles vs. St. Louis (12/27), which marked the eighth game in 2009 he led or tied for the team lead in tackles . . .
PLAYOFFS: Started both playoff contests . . . Finished tied for second on the team with 14 postseason tackles . . . Played a part in all three Cardinals takeaways in NFC Wild Card Playoff game vs. Green Bay (1/10/10), including a 17-yard game winning fumble return for a touchdown in overtime . . . Also deflected a pass into the hands of Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie that led to a Cards touchdown and 7-0 lead . . . On the next possession forced a fumble by Donald Driver at the Green Bay 22-yard line to set up another TD and put Arizona up 14-0 . . . Tied postseason career-high with team leading 10 tackles and a pass defensed at New Orleans (1/16/10) in NFC Divisional Playoff game.
2008 - Started all 16 regular season games . . . Marked the first time in his career he played in all 16 regular season games . . . Named defensive team captain prior to season opener . . . Led the team with a career-high 128 tackles (100 solo) . . . Added four sacks, two interceptions, three fumble recoveries an two forced fumbles . . . Collected seven solo tackles and a fumble recovery in season opener at San Francisco (9/7) . . . Forced and recovered a fumble during a second quarter sack of quarterback Jake Delhomme while also recording nine tackles and one quarterback hit vs. Carolina (10/26) . . . Recovered fumble at the Panther five-yard-line leading to an Arizona touchdown on the next play to go up 10-0 . . . Led team with 10 tackles, two quarterback hits and returned an interception a career-long 34 yards to the 49ers five-yard-line vs. San Francisco (11/10) . . . Registered 10 tackles vs. N.Y. Giants (11/23) and helped to hold the league’s top ranked rushing offense, at the time, to 87 yards on 27 carries . . . Posted season-high 11 tackles and recovered a fumble vs. St. Louis (12/7) . . .
PLAYOFFS: Started all four playoff games as Cardinals advanced to Super Bowl XLIII . . . Recorded a team-high 37 tackles and six tackles for loss during the postseason . . . Started first career playoff game and led the team with three tackles for loss while he led linebackers with 10 tackles vs. Atlanta (1/3/09) . . . Part of 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 team-high 10 tackles at Carolina (1/10/09) . . . Recorded first career postseason interception and led team with eight tackles in Super Bowl XLIII vs. Pittsburgh (2/1/09).
2007 - Started all 14 regular season games in which he played . . . Recorded team-high 117 tackles (85 solo) and added 3.5 sacks, three interceptions and four forced fumbles . . . Led team with 12 total tackles, a half sack and a forced fumble in season opener at San Francisco (9/10) . . . Registered a career-high tying two sacks at Baltimore (9/23) . . . Helped hold Willie Parker, the NFL’s leading rusher heading into the game, to just 37 yards on 19 carries vs. Pittsburgh (9/30) . . . Led Cardinals with career-high 17 total tackles and 13 unassisted tackles at St. Louis (10/7) . . . Left game in first quarter due to a knee injury vs. Carolina (10/14) . . . Missed next two games due to injury . . . Named NFC Defensive Player of the Week for efforts vs. Detroit (11/11) in first game back from knee injury by recording two interceptions, one forced fumble, one pass defensed, four tackles, one quarterback pressure and one tackle for loss . . . Marked second multi-interception outing of career . . . Helped hold Lions to -18 rushing yards, which is the lowest total in the modern era . . . Registered an interception at Cincinnati (11/18) to mark first time in his career he recorded an interception in consecutive games . . . Led team with 13 tackles and one forced fumble at Seattle (12/9) . . . Registered 10 tackles and a forced fumble that would result in a Cardinals offensive touchdown at New Orleans (12/16).
2006 - Played in 14 games with ten starts . . . Recorded 94 tackles (75 solo), eight sacks, three forced fumbles and a fumble recovery . . . Battled numerous injuries which caused him to miss training camp . . . Collected two tackles and a pass defensed in return to action at Seattle (9/17) . . . Recorded nine solo tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble vs. Kansas City (10/8) . . . Recorded five tackles in first start of the year vs. Chicago (10/16) . . . Registered two tackles, a sack and a fumble recovery before leaving game in second quarter with a hip flexor at Oakland (10/22) . . . Inactive at Green Bay (10/29) . . . Returned to action with 12 tackles vs. Dallas (11/12) . . . Compiled 10 tackles and two sacks at Minnesota (11/26) . . . Led team with 12 tackles and a forced fumble vs. Seattle (12/10) . . . Shared team lead with eight tackles while also adding a sack and a forced fumble at San Francisco (12/24) . . . Recorded eight tackles and posted his third multi-sack game of the season at San Diego (12/31).
2005 – Started all 15 games in which he played . . . Recorded 103 tackles (81 solo) and added four sacks, three interceptions (with two returned for touchdowns), two forced fumbles and a pair of fumble recoveries . . . Registered two interceptions, including one that was returned 18 yards for a touchdown, a sack and three solo tackles at N.Y. Giants (9/11) . . . Posted his second sack in as many games vs. St. Louis (9/18) . . . Registered 10 tackles vs. Carolina (10/9) . . . Registered 11 tackles and one sack, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery vs. Tennessee (10/23) . . . Recorded two tackles before leaving the game with a groin injury at Detroit (11/13) . . . Deactivated with a groin injury at St. Louis (11/20) . . . Returned to start vs. Jacksonville (11/27) and recorded nine tackles . . . Intercepted Eagles quarterback Mike McMahon and returned it 11 yards for a touchdown, his second of the season and added five tackles and one pass defense vs. Philadelphia (12/24) . . . His two interception returns for a touchdown were the most by a Cardinals linebacker in one season . . . Recorded team-high 10 tackles at Indianapolis (1/1/06).
2004 – Played in 15 games with 12 starts as a rookie . . . Recorded 68 tackles (55 solo), five sacks, an interception, three fumble recoveries and a forced fumble . . . Named to Pro Football Weekly’s All-Rookie team. . . Played in reserve role in season opener at St. Louis (9/12) and recorded four tackles on defense and one stop on special teams. . . Recorded the first start and sack of his career at Atlanta (9/26) and recovered a Michael Vick fumble in the Arizona redzone . . . Recorded two tackles and one quarterback hurry vs. New Orleans (10/3) . . . Recorded four tackles and a fumble recovery at San Francisco (10/10) . . . Intercepted a Matt Hasselbeck pass vs. Seattle (10/24) . . . Recovered his third fumble of the season and recorded a sack at Miami (11/7) . . . Deactivated for contest at Carolina (11/21) due to a neck and shoulder injury sustained against the N.Y. Giants the previous week . . . Posted seven stops and a quarterback pressure which led to an interception vs. Tampa Bay (1/2/05).
Played in 36 games at Auburn . . . Recorded 218 tackles (128 solo) with 10 quarterback sacks for minus 70 yards, 31 stops for losses of 123 yards, seven forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, 15 pass deflections and eight interceptions . . . Named as a semi-finalist for the Butkus Award regarded as one of the premier defenders in college football . . . All-America first-team selection by the American Football Coaches Association, just the 23rd Auburn player to earn that honor . . . Unanimous all-Southeastern Conference first-team pick . . . Began Auburn career at strong safety, shifting to outside linebacker as a sophomore . . . Majored in sociology.
Attended Woodlawn High School in Birmingham, Ala . . . Was an all-state linebacker and wide receiver . . . Caught 51 passes for 857 yards and five touchdowns on offense with 81 tackles, six sacks, three interceptions, and two fumble recoveries on defense as a senior . . . Played basketball, earning all-state honors as a junior . . . Participated in the Miami Dolphins Foundation Fishing Tournament . . . Donated money to help purchase toys and meals for the holidays . . . Formed Dansby’s Difference Makers as part of the Dolphins All-Community Legacy Team in which he purchased 100 game tickets for local charities . . . Hosted a football camp in June of 2010, in his native Alabama . . . Full name is Karlos Montez Dansby, born November 3, 1981 in Birmingham, Ala.
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