- Dan Connor (American football)
Connor in 2008.
No. 55 Carolina Panthers Linebacker Personal information Date of birth: November 2, 1985 Place of birth: Wallingford, Pennsylvania Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Weight: 231 lb (105 kg) Career information College: Penn State NFL Draft: 2008 / Round: 3 / Pick: 74 Debuted in 2008 for the Carolina Panthers Career history Roster status: Active Career highlights and awards Career NFL statistics as of Week 15, 2010 Tackles 81 Sacks 1.0 Interceptions 0 Stats at NFL.com
Daniel Murphy Connor (born November 2, 1985) is an American football linebacker for the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Panthers in the third round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He played college football at Penn State.
Connor played football at Strath Haven High School in suburban Philadelphia and was rated the number one linebacker in the country. He was also named to the USA Today Top 25 Supreme Team. He played in the 2004 U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Conner rushed for over 1,500 yards his junior season and scored 29 touchdowns. On defense, he had more than 160 tackles to go along with 3 interceptions. As a senior he rushed the ball 231 times for 1,807 yards and 28 touchdowns. Defensively, Connor recorded 141 tackles, 11 sacks and three interceptions. For his career, Connor was 56-3 and started in 59 straight games. He finished with 591 carries for 4,531 yards and 77 rushing touchdowns. On defense, Connor amassed 461 tackles, 38 sacks and 19 interceptions.
Connor earned All-America honors his junior and senior seasons at Penn State and passed Nittany Lion great Paul Posluszny on November 3, 2007 to become first on Penn State's career tackles list.
Connor was drafted by the Carolina Panthers in the third round (74th overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft. Due the Panthers' wealth of talent at linebacker, Connor played sparingly—mostly on special teams—in the first 3 weeks of the 2008 season before a torn ACL suffered during a loss to the Minnesota Vikings ended his season.
Despite reportedly fielding several trade inquiries during the 2010 offseason, the Panthers made it clear Connor will compete for a starting job this season after the team released veteran linebacker Na'il Diggs.
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2007 College Football All-America Team consensus selections Offense Defense Special teams Chuck Bednarik Award winners Carolina Panthers 2008 NFL Draft selections Carolina Panthers current roster Active roster
1 Cam Newton | 2 Jimmy Clausen | 3 Derek Anderson | 7 Jason Baker | 10 Olindo Mare | 11 Brandon LaFell | 14 Armanti Edwards | 17 Legedu Naanee | 19 Seyi Ajirotutu | 20 Chris Gamble | 21 Brandon Hogan | 22 Josh Thomas | 23 Sherrod Martin | 25 R. J. Stanford | 27 Darius Butler | 28 Jonathan Stewart | 29 Jordan Pugh | 30 Charles Godfrey | 32 Josh Vaughan | 34 DeAngelo Williams | 41 Captain Munnerlyn | 44 J. J. Jansen | 45 Jerome Felton | 47 Richie Brockel | 50 James Anderson | 53 Jason Phillips | 54 Jason Williams | 55 Dan Connor | 57 Jordan Senn | 59 Omar Gaither | 63 Geoff Hangartner | 67 Ryan Kalil | 68 Andre Neblett | 69 Jordan Gross | 70 Travelle Wharton | 73 Mackenzy Bernadeau | 75 Lee Ziemba | 76 Greg Hardy | 77 Byron Bell | 78 Reggie Wells | 80 Jeremy Shockey | 81 Kealoha Pilares | 84 Ben Hartsock | 88 Greg Olsen | 89 Steve Smith | 91 Kion Wilson | 92 Eric Norwood | 93 Antwan Applewhite | 94 Sione Fua | 95 Charles Johnson | 97 Terrell McClain | 98 Thomas Keiser | 99 Frank Kearse
Reserve lists Practice squad Name Connor, Dan Alternative names Short description American football linebacker Date of birth November 2, 1985 Place of birth Wallingford, Pennsylvania Date of death Place of death
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