Dane Sanzenbacher
Sanzenbacher after Bears training camp.
No. 18, 11     
Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1988-10-13) October 13, 1988 (age 32)
Place of birth: Maumee, Ohio
Career information
College: Ohio State
Undrafted in 2011
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Chicago Bears ( 2011 2012)
Career highlights and awards
*First team All-Big Ten (2010)
Receptions     43
Receiving yards     449
Touchdowns     3
Interceptions     1

Dane Sanzenbacher (born October 13, 1988) is a former American football wide receiver. He was signed by the Chicago Bears as an undrafted free agent in 2011. He played college football at Ohio State.

High school career

Sanzenbacher played high school football at Central Catholic High School in Toledo, Ohio. He holds the school record for multiple categories including career receiving yards with 2,808, career receptions with 151, and career all purpose yards with 4,079. He is fourth in career scoring with 167 points.[1] He helped guide Central Catholic to the 2005 state championship with three touchdown receptions. He was a two-time City League player of the year. His junior year, Dane earned first-team all-state.

As a junior, Sanzenbacher grabbed 71 receptions for 16 touchdowns and 1,424 yards. He also played defensive back and had 11 interceptions. HIs senior season, Dane had 61 receptions for 1,079 yards and 11 touchdowns. In seven career playoff games, he recorded 40 receptions for 842 yards and nine touchdowns in addition to 40 solo tackles and eight interceptions.

Sanzenbacher also ran track and was all-state in the 400-meter dash.

He committed to Ohio State in July 2006 and was ranked as the No. 12 overall prospect in Ohio.

College career

Sanzenbacher had 12 catches for 89 yards as a true freshman in 2007. He caught a touchdown on his very first college reception, a three-yard reception from Todd Boeckman in the Youngstown State win. He received a letter for the year.

Sanzenbacher was among OSU's top three receivers in 2008. For the year, he had 21 receptions for 272 yards and 1 touchdown. His season long reception went for 53 yards.

Sanzenbacher was the Buckeyes' second leading receiver in 2009. He grabbed 36 receptions for 570 yards and 6 touchdowns. He had a career long 76-yard reception. When the Buckeyes played his hometown team, the Toledo Rockets, Dane had a career game with 5 receptions going for 126 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Sanzenbacher finished his senior season in 2010 as the Buckeyes leading receiver. He led all Buckeyes with 55 receptions, 948 receiving yards, and 11 receiving touchdowns. In week 4, Sanzenbacher had a break-out game with four receiving touchdowns against Eastern Michigan, tying the OSU record for most receiving touchdowns in a game. Sanzenbacher earned first-team All-Big Ten honors. At the team banquet, Sanzenbacher was voted as the team’s most valuable player as well as the Bo Rein Award winner as the team’s most inspirational player. Coach Jim Tressel revealed that, for the first time he could recall, one player won both of the team’s top awards and won them by a landslide.


Year Rec Yds Yd/Rec Tds
2007 12 89 7.4 1
2008 21 272 13.0 1
2009 36 570 15.8 6
2010 55 948 17.2 11
Total 121 1820 15.0 19
Source: Big Ten Network[2]

Professional career

Chicago Bears

Sanzenbacher was signed by the Chicago Bears as an undrafted free agent following the 2011 NFL Draft on July 26, 2011. Sanzenbacher finished his rookie season in the NFL with 27 receptions going for 276 yards and 3 receiving touchdowns, making him the first undrafted Bears rookie to score more than one touchdown since Dennis McKinnon in 1983.[3]

Sanzenbacher's spot with the team was initially in doubt for the 2012 season after the Bears acquired Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery, Eric Weems, and Rashied Davis.[3][4] However, Sanzenbacher would eventually make the 53-man roster as the sixth receiver.[5]

The Bears waived Sanzenbacher on December 24, 2012.[6][7]

Cincinnati Bengals

The Cincinnati Bengals signed Sanzenbacher on December 25, 2012.[8] On March 5, 2014, the Bengals offered him a tender.[9] He signed his tender on April 8.[10]

On December 28, 2014, Sanzenbacher recorded his first career interception, picking off a pass by Pittsburgh Steelers punter Brad Wing on a fake punt.

Post-playing career

Sanzenbacher is currently the Admission Director at his Alma Mater, Toledo Central Catholic High School.


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  2. "Football Scores & Stats « Big Ten Network". Bigtennetwork.stats.com. http://bigtennetwork.stats.com/cfb/players.asp?id=154791. Retrieved 2012-07-30.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Sanzenbacher in fight for roster spot". Chicagobears.com. http://www.chicagobears.com/news/NewsStory.asp?story_id=8955. Retrieved 2012-08-18.
  4. Davis, Brian (2012-06-14). "Chicago Bears Depth to Have Ripple Effect on Dane Sanzenbacher, Others: Fan's Take - Yahoo! Sports". Sports.yahoo.com. Archived from the original on 2012-06-23. https://web.archive.org/web/20120623110543/http://sports.yahoo.com/news/chicago-bears-depth-ripple-effect-dane-sanzenbacher-others-011000987--nfl.html. Retrieved 2012-07-30.
  5. Mayer, Larry (2012-09-25). "Bears reach 53-man roster limit". Chicagobears.com. http://www.chicagobears.com/news/article-1/Bears-reach-53-man-roster-limit/d1ca7b2d-acca-46d6-b488-46f71f813615. Retrieved 2012-09-29.
  6. "Bears claw away Sanzenbacher". FantasySP. 2012-12-24. Archived from the original on 2016-01-30. https://web.archive.org/web/20160130152200/https://www.fantasysp.com/player/nfl/Dane_Sanzenbacher/2608218/bears-claw-away-sanzenbacher. Retrieved 2012-12-24.
  7. Biggs, Brad (24 December 2012). "Sanzenbacher waived to clear roster spot". Chicago Tribune. http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/chi-chicago-bears-dane-sanzenbacher-waived-to-clear-roster-spot-20121224,0,5129694.story. Retrieved 24 December 2012.
  8. Associated Press (2012-12-25). "Bengals pick up receiver Dane Sanzenbacher off waivers from Bears; Dre Kirkpatrick on IR". Yahoo! News. http://ca.news.yahoo.com/bengals-pick-receiver-dane-sanzenbacher-off-waivers-bears-221516831--nfl.html. Retrieved 2012-12-25.
  9. "Bengals tender WR Hawkins, LB Rey, WR Sanzenbacher". USAToday.com. March 5, 2014. https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/2014/03/05/bengals-tender-wr-hawkins-lb-rey-wr-sanzenbacher/6079773/. Retrieved 2014-06-07.
  10. Bengals Wide Receiver Dane Sanzenbacher Signs His RFA Tender

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