Dannell Ellerbe

Dannell Ellerbe

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Ellerbe with the Ravens in 2012
No. 59New Orleans Saints
Position: Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1985-11-29) November 29, 1985
Place of birth: Hamlet, North Carolina
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight: 245 lb (111 kg)
Career information
High school: Rockingham (NC) Richmond
College: Georgia
Undrafted: 2009
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2015
Tackles: 324
Sacks: 6.5
Interceptions: 3
Forced fumbles: 2
Player stats at NFL.com

Dannell Antonio Ellerbe[1] (born November 29, 1985) is an American football linebacker for the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League (NFL). He was signed by the Baltimore Ravens as an undrafted free agent in 2009 and has also played for the Miami Dolphins. He played college football at Georgia.

Early years

Ellerbe attended Richmond Senior High School in Rockingham, North Carolina, where he was a two-sport star in football and track. He was named All-State by the Associated Press. He was named the Defensive MVP of the 2003 Shrine Bowl (NC-SC All-Star Game), in which he had nine tackles, three pass break-ups, and one interception. He made 124 tackles and five sacks as a junior and 165 tackles and nine sacks as a senior. Regarded as a four-star recruit by Rivals.com, Ellerbe was listed as the No. 7 outside linebacker nationally.

He also lettered in track & field, recording a 1.98-meter (6 ft, 6 in) high jump as a junior.[2] In addition, he also ran a 4.4-second 40-yard dash, bench-pressed 280 pounds, squatted 480 and had a 42-inch vertical jump.

College career

Ellerbe went to the University of Georgia for five years. He played for four seasons after a redshirt freshman year. During his SEC career he played in 43 games, totaling 148 tackles, 8.5 sacks, 3 interceptions, 2 Fumbles Recovered and 1 Forced Fumble.


Earned 2nd-team All-SEC honors by the Associated Press, Southeastern conference coaches and Rivals.com as a junior. Accepted invitation to play in 2009 East-West Shrine game after his senior season.

Professional career

Baltimore Ravens

Ellerbe was signed as an undrafted free agent during the 2009 season by the Baltimore Ravens. He had a large role that year for the Ravens. While starting three games, he recorded 41 tackles and an interception which he returned 28 yards in a Week 17 win against the Oakland Raiders.

In a 2010 preseason win against the St. Louis Rams, Ellerbe returned an interception 45 yards for a score but was yelled at on the sidelines by head coach John Harbaugh for showboating.[3] Ellerbe had held the ball in front of him twice during the return. Ellerbe made the roster as a backup linebacker behind Jameel McClain, who also was signed by Baltimore as an undrafted free agent. Dannell Ellerbe's tackles dropped to 31, but he recorded his first career sack.

In 2011, Ellerbe played in 9 games, starting 3 in Ray Lewis' absence due to injury. He recorded 19 tackles. Going into the 2012 season as a restricted free agent, Ellerbe was re-signed to a one-year, $1.927 million contract.[4]

On November 9, 2012, Ellerbe was fined $10,000 for his hit on Cleveland Browns running back Trent Richardson in Week 9.[5]

On January 20, 2013, in the AFC Championship game against the New England Patriots, Ellerbe intercepted a pass from Tom Brady that had been tipped by Pernell McPhee in the 4th quarter with 6:49 remaining in the game. This was one of the three turnovers by the Patriots that allowed the Ravens to win 28-13 and advance to Super Bowl XLVII, where they would defeat the San Francisco 49ers 34-31. Ellerbe would make the game winning tackle.

Miami Dolphins

Ellerbe signed with the Miami Dolphins on March 12, 2013.[6] In his first season with the Dolphins, he finished the year with 101 total tackles, 2 interceptions and 1 sack. The 2014 season was a wash for Ellerbe as he was on injured reserve for the majority of the season.

New Orleans Saints

On March 13, 2015, Ellerbe was traded along with a third round pick to the New Orleans Saints in exchange for receiver Kenny Stills.[7] Ellerbe was injured most of the year, but recorded 13 tackles and forced a fumble in a Week 5 game against the Atlanta Falcons.

NFL stats

2009 BAL 13 41 34 7 0.0 0 1 0 1 28 28 28 0 1
2010 BAL 11 31 25 6 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
2011 BAL 9 18 14 4 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2012 BAL 13 92 69 23 4.5 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
2013 MIA 15 101 70 31 1.0 0 2 0 2 25 13 16 0 5
2014 MIA 1 2 2 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career 62 285 214 71 6.5 2 3 0 3 53 18 28 0 9



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