Among all of the legends of LSU football, no defensive player has earned the accolades that Glenn Dorsey did while passing on millions of dollars to help the Tigers win the 2007 national championship.
Homegrown in nearby Gonzales, Dorsey made the most of his college days in Baton Rouge. As a result, he and a big group of family and friends from California and south Louisiana are heading to Natchitoches next week for the Aug. 26-28 Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2021 Induction Celebration.
After a dominant All-America junior season, Dorsey chose not to enter the 2007 NFL draft when he was projected as a first-round pick. He returned to school for a senior season that will be difficult to match.
A 6-foot-2, 303-pound defensive tackle, Dorsey was a monster in the middle for the Tigers, who won their second BCS national championship in five years with a 38-24 victory over Ohio State — a month after toppling Tennessee in the SEC title game.
As the heart and soul of the LSU defense, Dorsey, the 2007 SEC defensive player of the year, won a grand slam of sorts when he raked in the Outland Trophy, Lombardi Award, Lott Trophy and Nagurski Trophy.
“It was a story that was so perfect,” he said. “It felt so perfect in Louisiana. It was like a dream. It would’ve been different in another state. It felt so good to be embraced by home.”
He and four more LSU products are among the 11-person Class of 2021 to be enshrined next weekend. Basketball phenom Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf (formerly Chris Jackson), NCAA championship-winning (17 times) track and field coach Pat Henry, three-time Super Bowl NFL referee Terry McAulay and Baton Rouge sportswriter Sheldon Mickles will be repping the purple and gold along with the personable 36-year-old Dorsey.
For details on the seven public events, and to make purchases for the four ticketed events or register your child for the free Youth Training Camp, visit LaSportsHall.com or call 318-238-4255 (238-HALL).
A two-time All-American, he had 179 career tackles, with 13 sacks among his 27 tackles behind the line of scrimmage. Dorsey was the fifth overall pick of the 2008 NFL draft by the Kansas City Chiefs. He played nine years, but injuries and a scheme change sidetracked his pro career after four seasons.
After playing in 62 games his first four seasons, he took part in just 42 his final five. H missed the entire 2014 season with an injury and suffered a torn ACL in 2015 that eventually led to his retirement following the 2016 campaign. The Chiefs had a coaching change in his second season, shifted to a 3-4 defense that moved him outside to end, not his optimal position. He signed a free agent deal in 2013 with San Francisco.
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