Twenty-Five Greatest Players in Cardinals History

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There isn’t much Karlos Dansby didn’t do at a high level.

That Dansby never made a Pro Bowl, in Arizona or otherwise, isn’t an indication of how good he has been. He has been a terrific player for a number of years. He was drafted in the 2nd round in 2004 and immediately made an impact for the Cardinals.

In his rookie season, he amassed five sacks, forced a fumble and recovered three others, and had an interception. The years that followed had more of the same. In his six seasons in Arizona, Dansby averaged 73 tackles, four sacks, two forced fumbles, five passes defensed, and two interceptions. He may not have made any Pro Bowls, but the Cardinals thought enough of him to place the franchise tag on him twice, before he wound up leaving via free agency and signing a huge contract with the Miami Dolphins after the 2009 season. He did return, later on, for one season. In that season, he had a career high with four interceptions, over 100 tackles, four and a half sacks, and scored twice.

Dansby’s ability to contribute in so many ways made him a valuable member of Arizona’s defense. Though his career there didn’t last as long as many might have wished, he certainly accomplished a lot in a short time, and was one of the best linebackers in team history. He might not have made a Pro Bowl, but he played some Pro Bowl caliber football.