Dansby, a 6-3, 251-pound inside linebacker in his 11th NFL season out of Auburn, earned second-team Associated Press All-Pro honors during a career year in 2013. Helping Arizona to a 10-6 record, Dansby served as the centerpiece of a unit that finished sixth in the NFL in yards and seventh in scoring. He led the Cardinals and posted career highs in both tackles (135) and interceptions (four), two of which he returned for touchdowns, and added a career-high 21 passes defensed, 6.5 sacks, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. Dansby became just the fourth NFL player with at least six sacks, four interceptions and two interception-return touchdowns in a season since sacks became an official stat in 1982.
Originally drafted by Arizona in the second round of the 2004 NFL Draft (33rd overall), Dansby has started 143 of his 152 career games, missing just eight contests in 10 seasons. The only active NFL player with at least 30 career sacks and 15 career interceptions, he has totaled 1,090 tackles, 38 sacks, 17 forced fumbles, 15 interceptions, 10 fumble recoveries and four defensive scores.
Dansby spent his first six seasons (2004-09) with the Cardinals before signing with the Miami Dolphins as an unrestricted free agent in 2010. He played three years in Miami (2010-12) before re-joining Arizona last season. He has produced seven 100-tackle seasons and has led his team in tackles six times.
In college, Dansby started at strong safety before shifting to linebacker as a sophomore. He appeared in 36 games for the Tigers and totaled 218 tackles, 10 sacks, eight interceptions, seven forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries and was a first-team All-America selection as a senior. Dansby is native of Birmingham, Ala., where he attended Woodlawn High School.