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NFL’s top linebacker? Dolphins’ Karlos Dansby says, “I’m the best”

Rex Grossman,  Karlos Dansby

Washington Redskins quarterback Rex Grossman (8) is sacked by Miami Dolphins inside linebacker Karlos Dansby (58) during the first quarter of an NFL football game on Sunday, Nov. 13, 2011, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)


Dolphins linebacker Karlos Dansby had a big game in Sunday’s win over the Redskins. And then he had some big words after the game.

Dansby told Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald that he sees himself as the best linebacker in the NFL.

I feel like I’m the best, and now I just have to prove it,” Dansby said. “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.”

Salguero pushed Dansby on that point, asking if he’s really sure he’s better than Ray Lewis. Dansby didn’t budge.

“I’m better than everybody,” he said. “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.”

Salguero asked Dansby if he’s better than Brian Urlacher, and Dansby again insisted that he is.

“Aging,” Dansby 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 don’t think there are too many people who feel the same way as Dansby does about Dansby’s own abilities, but after intercepting one pass, knocking down two more, getting a sack and registering 10 tackles on Sunday, it’s easy to see why Dansby is feeling confident.