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#pounditThursday, January 26, 2023

Karlos Dansby: ‘I’m the Best. I’m Better Than Everybody. Period.’

When the Dolphins signed linebacker Karlos Dansby back in 2010, they knew they were getting an impact player. If they thought Dansby was an average defender, they would not have given him a five-year, $43 million contract that included $22 million guaranteed. However, they may not have known they were signing a Hall of Famer — one that is better than every other linebacker in the game.  Why do we say that about Karlos, you ask?  Because he insists.

“I feel like I’m the best, and now I just have to prove it,” Dansby told the Miami Herald. “I’ve been saying it for the last couple of years, and I’m just now getting my opportunity to be on the stage to show it.”

Naturally, reporters went into feasting mode as soon as he started talking like a jackass.  When one asked Dansby if he thought he was better than Ray Lewis, what do you think he said?

“I’m better than everybody,” he said immediately. “Everybody. Period. Point blank. I just haven’t had the recognition, man. I’m more versatile than everybody. Period. Pont blank. I’m more versatile than everybody. Hands down. I can do it all.”

When all else fails, just repeat yourself.  How about when he was asked if he’s better than another future Hall of Famer, the one and only Brian Urlacher?

“Aging,” he said. “He’s aging fast, man. He’s a great linebacker, but he’s aging fast. I respect all the linebackers. But I’m better. That’s just how I feel. I can take the tight end. I can check the running backs. You don’t have to put me in one hole, I ain’t no hole guy. You can play man-to-man all over the field, man. I can do it all. I can do it all. I can hit guys. I can drop in coverage. I can blitz the quarterback. I got, what, 28 sacks, almost 30 sacks.”

Without going into serious specifics, we will note that the “aging” Urlacher has only one less tackle than Dansby this season and two more interceptions.  Dansby has two sacks compared to Urlacher’s none.  That’s beside the point, anyway.  Karlos sounds convincing enough, so we’ll take his word for it. He’s the best there ever was.

Helmet smack to Pro Football Talk for the story.


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