Karlos Dansby accomplished an NFL oddity during free agency when the linebacker signed with the same team for the third time in his career when he signed a one-year deal with the Arizona Cardinals in March.
The 35-year-old joined The Jim Rome Show Monday on CBS Sports Radio and explained why he was able to come back to the place that drafted him in 2004.
“I never burned a bridge man. That bridge was always standing,” Dansby said of his relationship with the Cardinals organization. “The front office felt it was time to get back to where we were, and like I said, I was available, they had a need, and I fit the need, so I’m game. I’m ready to go.”
Dansby could only laugh when he saw Cardinals General Manager Steve Keim’s number pop up on his phone.
“I was trying to leave Arizona behind, man,” Dansby giggled. “But once I heard the 602 number and heard Steve, he said, man, am I ready to come home? I’m like yeah let’s go man. He said, ‘Well, let’s make this run, let’s do it one more time.’ I said man, I’m game. I’m ready to go. I’m healthy, I’m strong, let’s play football.”
Dansby still draws inspiration from when he was part of the organization’s only Super Bowl trip, Super Bowl XLIII, which resulted in a gut-wrenching loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
“I’m just blessed to have an opportunity to be back out here and try to right the ship,” Dansby said. “We was a minute and thirty away from our ultimate goal. They’ve been close the last couple years, and he said we need to get over this hump. I said I’m going to bring everything I got to the table to help us get over that hump.”
Of course, by re-upping with the Cardinals, Dansby is playing with Larry Fitzgerald for the third time, a guy who was drafted in the same 2004 draft only one round earlier.
“This guy’s amazing. Very talented young man,” Dansby said of the 33-year-old Fitzgerald. “He’s younger than me, too, even though we came in at the same time. I still be getting it from him that I’m older than him. So he lets me know every time we get together. He calls me Unc. Like I said, we love the game, man. We got passion for it. We both want to be the best we can possibly be to help our team win, do what we can, make the sacrifices.”
As for individual goals, Dansby has one. With one more interception, the linebacker can become the fifth player in NFL history to have 40 sacks and 20 interceptions.
“I want it super bad, super bad,” Dansby said. “Man, because a lot of people said I couldn’t do it. The craziest part about it, some of the guys that were the closet to me didn’t think I could do this, didn’t think I could be able to last this long or to be one of the best to ever play the game. So that motivated me way back when I first came into the league. Guys that I played with back in school, back in college doubted me. And once we had that conversation, it motivated me to get to this point, because I knew what was ahead of me if I just made the sacrifices and dedicated myself to my craft.”