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|Height: 5.10||Born: Oakland, CA|
|Weight: 190||College: Fresno State|
|Birthdate: 1979-02-26||Years: 11 BC / 11 CFL|
After being released by the NFL's Tennesse Titans in 2004, Marsh was signed as a free agent by the Lions prior to the 2004 season. "I was looking for a way back to 'the league' and thought I would dominate up here...I was wrong, this game is the toughest anywhere and I have loved every minute of it," says Marsh.
After a few rough starts, the Fresno State product soon developed into one of the CFL's shutdown defensive backs.
2013: Dante played all 18 regular season games for the third straight season and has now stretched his current consecutive games-played streak to 67 and 111 of the last 113 overall back to 2007. In his tenth year with the club, he was named West Division All-Star for the fourth time, his 73 tackles ranked second on the club and were a career-high pushing his total to 557 – number one all-time in Lions history.
For the fourth straight year, Dante recorded at least three interceptions and reached 29 for his career, the fifth highest active total in the CFL. On Sep 27 vs Winnipeg, he returned an interception 80 yards for his career-long and third defensive TD in 10 seasons. For the first time in his career, Dante led the CFL in interception return yards with 150.
2012: Dante played all 18 regular season games for the second-straight season, stretching his current run to 49 consecutive and 93 of the last 95 overall dating back to 2007. He became the Lions’ all-time leading tackler in 2012 and now has 484 defensive stops in 151 career games.
Dante finished third on the club with three interceptions for 46 yards and fifth with 50 tackles in an all-star caliber year. He had interceptions in back-to-back games August 6th and 19th and returned the second 43 yards, the third longest return of his CFL career.
2011: Dante’s eighth season with the Lions was among his finest as he returned to all-star status with his selection to the West Division team. He ranked third on the Lions with 60 tackles, ninth among all CFL defensive backs and started all 18 regular season games as well as the Western Final and Grey Cup games.
His four interceptions matched his career-high for the third time and he returned them for 101 yards including a 53-yard pick in the season finale against Montreal with first place on the line. Marsh registered eight tackles on July 16/11 vs Edmonton and had seven games of four or more. He saved his best game for the Western Final where he notched two interceptions – his first of the post-season.
Games Played: Career: 169 Playoff: 12 Grey Cup: 3 (2004, 2006, 2011 w/BC)
2004-2013: Dante has logged a total of 169 career CFL games and has suffered only one significant injury in that span, missing nine games in 2007. He has recorded at least 50 tackles in each of the last six years and ranks fifth in interceptions among active players through 2013.
Dante's 29 career interceptions at the short-side corner ranks sixth among all-time Lions and he's added three defensive touchdowns and 36 takeaways overall including seven fumble recoveries. Dante’s 557 defensive tackles for the Lions put him atop the club’s all-time list and he's been recognized as a CFL All-Star selection in 2008. He also earned four West Division All-Star nods (2013, 2011, 2008, 2006) and his current total of 169 games-played (165 starts) puts him in 16th spot on the club’s career service list.
CFL All-Star: 2008
West Division All-Star: 2011, 2008, 2006
Marsh finished his college career at Fresno State with nine interceptions and three defensive touchdowns. He was sixth on the team in tackles with 58 and tied for the team lead with three interceptions during the 1999 season. Marsh competed in the EA Sports Las Vegas Bowl with four tackles and an interception with an 11-yard return.
In 1998, he ranked fifth on the team in tackles with 55 and tied for second on the team for interceptions with two.
Dante lives in Atlanta during the off-season and spends much of time with his son Christopher and daughter Brooklyn. In addition to a strict workout schedule and some business interests, Dante stays busy working on his website, dantemarsh.com and working out with fellow CFL’ers Jerald Brown and Terrence Edwards.
Dante began playing football at the age of eight and recalls a Northern California State Championship as one of his biggest football memories in addition to the Lions’ 2006 and 2011 Grey Cup wins. He notes his late father who passed away in 2005 as his biggest fan. You’ll find Scarface topping his all-time movie favourites and Eastbound and Down as his top TV show.
While 2Pac’s All Eyes on Me was his first CD purchase, he has become a fan of 70’s and 80’s R&B, most notably the Isley Brothers. He also enjoys taking a little time for himself for reading, writing and bowling.