Karlos Dansby and the Arizona Cardinals defense came up huge last Sunday, stopping the Jacksonville Jaguars on their final two possessions, allowing kicker Phil Dawson to kick a 57-yard field goal in the game’s final seconds. Dansby joined The Jim Rome Show Tuesday and shared his thoughts about the team’s 27-24 win, a victory that kept Arizona’s slim playoff chances alive.
“It was perfect. A great team win to end it like that, you couldn’t write it better,” Dansby said. “Defense makes a big play. Offense scored on a really big play, and defense makes (another) big play to stop them and to get them back in position. And the special teams finish it. That’s team ball.”
Earlier this month, Dansby joined rare company after intercepting San Francisco 49ers rookie quarterback C.J. Beathard, becoming only the fifth player in NFL history to collect at least 40 sacks and 20 interceptions in his career. Dansby has a tough time putting that achievement into words.
“I can’t really describe it and put it in words because it’s 51, 52 years of football and only four guys have been able to do something like that,” Dansby said. “For me to be the fifth guy, in this era of football, to do this, its huge man.”
That diverse skill-set means a lot to Dansby, especially as he reflects on some of the athletes who have played linebacker before him.
“A lot of linebackers who are playing this game, and future linebackers that play this game, I’m just glad I had an opportunity to bear witness to this and put it in front of them and let them go chase it,” Dansby said. “Because that’s how, (Brian) Urlacher and Ray Lewis, Seth Joyner, these guys did for me. They put it in front of me, so I had to go chase it. Because I wanted to be one of the best to ever do it. And that was my goal.”
The 14-year veteran made no bones about his goals to achieve greatness, something that’s been in his mind since arriving at the NFL Scouting Combine back in 2004.
“The first interview at the Combine, I told coach Dennis Green I wanted the (gold) jacket. I wasn’t worried about no Super Bowl, I wasn’t worried about no Pro Bowls, nothing else but the (gold) jacket,” Dansby said. “And he asked me, ‘Do I know what that entails?’ I said yeah. It entails me dedicating myself, being disciplined and making a lot of sacrifices. And he was like, ‘You don’t want nothing else?’ And I said, if I’m playing at that level, everything else will come. And I’ve been able to do it with no Pro Bowls, so it’s kind of special to me.
“I’m still hunting, man. I’m still hunting. I still have more to do. I got more left in me and I want to catch everybody that’s in this class, I want to surpass everybody.”