Nov. 13, 2007
Former Auburn and current Arizona Cardinals linebacker Karlos Dansby has been named this week's "NFC Defensive Player of the Week" for his performance in last Sunday's 31-21 victory vs. the Detroit Lions.
Dansby collected two interceptions, a forced fumble, four tackles and two passes defended in his first game back after missing the previous two contests due to a knee injury.
The Birmingham, Ala., native lettered for the Tigers from 2001-03 and finished his career with 219 tackles, 10 sacks and eight interceptions. Dansby earned All-American honors as a senior in 2003 and All-Southeastern Conference honors in 2002 and 2003.
Last week against the Lions, Dansby's first interception in the first quarter led to a Cardinals field goal and his forced fumble in the second half led to a Cardinals touchdown.
The two interceptions marked the second multi-interception outing of Dansby's career. The other came in the season opener in 2005 in New York against the Giants when he ran one of the two back for a touchdown.
His defensive effort helped the Cardinals hold the Lions to minus-18 rushing yards, the lowest total in a game since the NFL adopted its modern statistical rules regarding rushing plays in 1947.
This is Dansby's first career Player of the Week selection and he becomes the second Cardinals defensive player to win the award this season.
Former Auburn cornerback (1999-2002) Rod Hood was honored following the team's Week Five victory at St. Louis.
Dansby becomes the 19th player in Arizona Cardinals history to win the defensive player of the week honor and the first linebacker to win the award since Ronald McKinnon in Week 6 of the 1998 season.