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.
Now, he’s being recognized for his NCAA football career.
Glenn Dorsey Elected to College Football 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 that will be inducted in the 2020 class.
Dorsey will be 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’s LSU Tigers 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 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 Nagurski Award 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 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, Glenn Dorsey is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame.
This article was originally published March 11, 2020.