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Dannell Ellerbe
Dannell Ellerbe at Ravens M&T Bank Stadium practice in August 2012.
No. 59     Miami Dolphins
Personal information
Date of birth: (1985-11-29) November 29, 1985 (age 35)
Place of birth: Hamlet, North Carolina
High School: Richmond Senior High School, Rockingham, North Carolina
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) Weight: 240 lb (109 kg)
Career information
College: Georgia
Undrafted in 2009
Debuted in 2009 for the Baltimore Ravens
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2012
Tackles     182
Sacks     5.5
Interceptions     1
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Dannell Ellerbe (born November 29, 1985) is an American football linebacker for the Miami Dolphins for the National Football League (NFL). He was signed by the Baltimore Ravens as an undrafted free agent in 2009. He played college football at Georgia.

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 as a junior. Accepted invitation to play in 2009 East-West Shrine game after his senior season.

Professional career

Baltimore Ravens

Dannell Ellerbe was signed as an undrafted free agent during the 2009 season by the Baltimore Ravens. Ellerbe had a surprisingly large role that year for Baltimore. 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. [1] 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.[2]

On November 9, 2012, Ellerbe was fined $10,000 for his hit on Cleveland Browns running back Trent Richardson in Week 9.[3]

On January 20, 2013, in the AFC Championship game against the New England Patriots, Ellerbe intercepted a tipped pass from Tom Brady by fellow defensive lineman 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.

Miami Dolphins

Ellerbe signed with the Miami Dolphins on March 12, 2013.[4] He will replace Karlos Dansby.


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