Glenn Dorsey was one of the scariest dudes to ever play for the LSU Tigers. The 6-foot-2, 300-pound defensive tackle was a purple and gold behemoth bowling ball that never took a snap off no matter what the score was.
Before the Kansas City Chiefs selected him with the fifth overall pick of the 2008 NFL Draft, and he played nine years in the NFL with the Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers, Dorsey sacked and tackled his way to becoming the most decorated defensive player in Louisiana State University history. He even garnered first-place Heisman Trophy votes in 2007.
To understand just how dominant Dorsey was from 2004-07 in Baton Rouge, just ask the guys he went up against in games. Former Auburn All-SEC guard Tim Duckworth told ESPN in 2006 that Dorsey was one of the tougher interior linemen he played against.
“That guy right there,” Duckworth said of Dorsey. “He’s one of those guys who’s going all out on every play. I tip my hat to him. I haven’t gone against a lot of good guys. You can guarantee he’s good. I felt like he came off every play as if it was his last play. That’s the type of guy I want on my team.”
LSU’s had a ton of great defensive players go on to play in the NFL, namely defensive backs. Dorsey, however, was a special talent and a big part of LSU’s 2007 national championship season.
He was even recognized for his NCAA football career in 2020.
Glenn Dorsey CFB Hall of Fame
Glenn Dorsey’s name will be enshrined forever in the College Football Hall of Fame, as the organization announced he’s one of 17 players inducted in the 2020 class.
Dorsey is the 12th LSU Tiger inducted in the Hall, joining Bert Jones (2016), Charles Alexander (2012), Jerry Stovall (2010), Billy Cannon (2008), Tommy Casanova (1995), Charles McClendon (1986), George Fenton (1971), Abe Mickal (1967), Kenneth Kavanaugh (1963), Gaynell Tinsley (1956) and Bernice Moore (1954).
Current LSU head coach Ed Orgeron, who was a defensive lineman for LSU back in the day, tweeted his congratulations to the LSU legend.
“Congratulations to Glenn Dorsey on making the College Football Hall of Fame. One of the greatest defensive linemen in the history of our game and one of the all time LSU greats!”
Dorsey’s class also included plenty of other greats like Eric Dickerson, Steve McNair, Eric Crouch, David Pollack and more.
Glenn Dorsey LSU Career
No other defensive player in LSU history racked up the awards and honors like Dorsey did. Not Patrick Peterson. Not Tyrann Mathieu. Not Eric Reid, either. In fact, Dorsey received three first-place Heisman Trophy award votes in 2007 and finished ninth in balloting.
Dorsey was a workhorse and the definition of an opposing quarterback’s nightmare.
He played in 52 games over four years and tallied 179 total tackles, 27 tackles for a loss, 13 sacks and a forced fumble. He probably would’ve posted better numbers had he not been double-teamed and triple-teamed. He even started 27 straight games to end his time in Baton Rouge.
In 2007 against Florida, he wreaked havoc on Tim Tebow. Dorsey collected five tackles, a sack and two quarterback hurries in LSU’s 28-24 win. That same senior season versus Alabama, he posted seven tackles, another sack and two tackles for a loss in a 41-34 victory.
As if Dorsey needed any more in-game recognition, he dominated once again in LSU’s 38-24 win over Ohio State in the BCS National Championship Game.
Dorsey garnered attention at a position that often goes under-appreciated. His list of achievements and accomplishments speak for themselves:
- 2007 Bronko Nagurski Trophy Winner
- 2007 Lombardi Award Winner
- 2007 Outland Trophy Winner
- 2007 Lott Trophy Award Winner
- 2007 Bednarik Award Finalist
- 2007 Consensus All-American
- 2007 First-Team All-American (AP, AFCA, Walter Camp Foundation, Football Writer’s Association of America, ESPN, Sporting News, CBSSports.com, Rivals.com)
- 2007 SEC Defensive Player of the Year
- 2007 First-Team All-SEC
- 2006 First-Team All-American
- 2006 First-Team All-SEC
Originally from his hometown of Gonzales, Louisiana, Dorsey starred at East Ascension High School before committing to the Tigers under Nick Saban. He was rated a five-star prospect and the No. 30 overall player in the country in 2004.
One national championship, four terrific seasons for LSU football and 16 years later, the All-America player is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame.
Glenn Dorsey Now
Dorsey made more than $46 million in the NFL, but now it appears the 35-year-old is a full-time father instead of d-lineman.
Dorsey spends a ton of his time raising his son, Maximus Zane. In May 2020, he celebrated his little one’s second birthday.
“Happy 2nd birthday to my baby boy, my world, my greatest!! Nothing on earth can compare to the love and joy you bring to my life. Wish you nothing but joy and happiness. Thank you for being you (a freaking shark) !!! Love you man!” he wrote on Instagram.
Dorsey also celebrated his four-year wedding anniversary with his wife, Tiffany Dorsey, this year.
Happy Anniversary to the love of my life. Cheers to Four years and FOREVER to go!! Love you,” he wrote on social media.
Glenn Dorsey may not be wreaking havoc on the football field as a first-round draft pick talent anymore, but he looks completely happy with his life after football.
This article was originally published March 11, 2020, but it has been updated since.