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|Height: 5.10||Born: Oakland, CA|
|Weight: 190||College: Fresno State|
|Birthdate: 1979-02-26||Years: 10 BC / 10 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.
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.
2004-2012: Dante has logged a total of 151 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 five years and ranks fourth in the league in interceptions in that time. With 26 career interceptions and two defensive touchdowns, Dante has 32 takeaways overall, including six fumble recoveries.
He reached the 100 games-played mark in 2010 and has now recorded a club-best 484 defensive tackles. Dante has one CFL All-Star (2008) and three West Division All-Star seasons (2011, 2008, 2006) to his credit.
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.