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Gerald Sensabaugh
FS #43
Height:
6-1
Weight:
212
College:
North Carolina
Experience:
8
Defensive
YearTeamGTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntTDsYdsAvgLng
TOTAL 112 411 327 84 2 0 35 14 0 83 -- 23
2012 DAL 15 58 42 16 0 -- 3 -- -- -- -- --
2011 DAL 16 75 61 14 0 -- 3 2 0 11 5.5 11
2010 DAL 16 71 59 12 2 -- 10 5 0 26 5.2 10
2009 DAL 15 66 47 19 0 -- 8 1 0 0 -- 0
2008 JAC 16 70 59 11 0 -- 8 4 0 38 9.5 23
2007 JAC 2 3 3 0 0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --
2006 JAC 16 44 37 7 0 -- 2 2 0 8 4 8
2005 JAC 16 24 19 5 0 -- 1 -- -- -- -- --

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PRO: The Dallas Cowboys signed Gerald Sensabaugh on March 10, 2009 from Jacksonville to replace Roy Williams at strong safety. Sensabaugh, now entering his eighth pro season, settled in nicely in his new home in 2009, finishing sixth on the team with 81 tackles while setting a career-high with 10 pass breakups, starting all 15 games he played. In 2010 he helped show converted cornerback Alan Ball the ropes at safety, while recording single-season career-bests in interceptions (five - tied for team lead), sacks (2.0 - tied for fifth) and tackles (86 - fifth) and tied for third in pass breakups with nine, playing in all 16 games with 14 starts. Sensabaugh was a solid performer again in 2011, finishing third on the team with 77 tackles, and pair of interceptions, forced fumbles and fumble recoveries to go with four pass breakups. He was rewarded in early December with a five-year contract extension, keeping him with the Cowboys through 2016. With the versatility to play both safety positions, along with special teams, Sensabaugh has 412 career tackles, 37 pass breakups, 14 interceptions, 32 special teams tackles and three blocked kicks. Sensabaugh has started 69 of the 97 regular season games he has played and will help lead a secondary that was responsible for 10 of the club’s 15 interceptions last season. 

PRO: The Dallas Cowboys signed Gerald Sensabaugh on March 10, 2009 from Jacksonville to replace Roy Williams at strong safety. Sensabaugh, now entering his eighth pro season, settled in nicely in his new home in 2009, finishing sixth on the team with 81 tackles while setting a career-high with 10 pass breakups, starting all 15 games he played. In 2010 he helped show converted cornerback Alan Ball the ropes at safety, while recording single-season career-bests in interceptions (five - tied for team lead), sacks (2.0 - tied for fifth) and tackles (86 - fifth) and tied for third in pass breakups with nine, playing in all 16 games with 14 starts. Sensabaugh was a solid performer again in 2011, finishing third on the team with 77 tackles, and pair of interceptions, forced fumbles and fumble recoveries to go with four pass breakups. He was rewarded in early December with a five-year contract extension, keeping him with the Cowboys through 2016. With the versatility to play both safety positions, along with special teams, Sensabaugh has 412 career tackles, 37 pass breakups, 14 interceptions, 32 special teams tackles and three blocked kicks. Sensabaugh has started 69 of the 97 regular season games he has played and will help lead a secondary that was responsible for 10 of the club’s 15 interceptions last season.

 

TRANSACTION SUMMARY:

12/9/11: Signed a five-year contract extension with Dallas through 2016.

8/3/11: Signed a one-year contract with Dallas.

5/27/10: Signed a one-year contract with Dallas.

3/10/09: Signed a one-year contract as a free agent with Dallas.

4/8/08: Signed a one-year contract as a restricted free agent with Jacksonville.

9/19/07: Placed on Reserve/Injured with a shoulder injury.

4/24/05: Fifth-round draft choice (157th overall) by Jacksonville.

 

2011:

• Finished his third season in Dallas third on the squad with 77 tackles to go with two interceptions, four pass breakups, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and a pair of quarterback pressures.

• Posted three tackles in the opener at the N.Y. Jets (9/11) before finishing second with seven tackles in the overtime win at San Francisco (9/18).

• Had seven tackles and a blocked field goal - fourth blocked kick of his career, third field goal and second as a Cowboy - in the home-opening win over Washington (9/26).

• Picked off his first pass of the season, leading to the first Dallas touchdown, to go with four tackles, a pass breakup and a special teams tackle against Detroit (10/2)

• Tallied a career-high 10 solo tackles - good for second on the team - and a pressure at Philadelphia (10/30).

• In the win over Seattle (11/6), had four tackles, two deflections and his second interception of the season.

• Added four more tackles and a forced fumble recovered by Jay Ratliff in the win over Buffalo (11/13).

• Finished second on the team with nine tackles and forced and recovered a fumble that led to a Dallas touchdown in the overtime win at Washington (11/20).

 

2010:

• In his second season in Dallas, posted single-season career-bests in three categories: interceptions (five - tied for team lead), sacks (2.0 - tied for fifth) and tackles (86 - fifth), while adding nine pass breakups.

• Was the most experienced player at safety and was charged with helping Ball convert from cornerback to strong safety.

• Posted four tackles at Washington (9/12) as the defense held the Redskins without a touchdown for the third consecutive game.

• Had three tackles against Chicago (9/19) while helping hold the Bears offense to one-of-11 on third down (9.1%) - the lowest since the defense held the N.Y. Giants to one-of-11 (10/16/05 - OT). 

• Tied for second on the team with eight tackles at Houston (9/26).

• Finished third on the team with eight tackles and added one tackle for loss and one sack, his first career sack, coming against Brett Favre, at Minnesota (10/17).

• Recorded six tackles, one pass breakup and one interception against the N.Y. Giants (10/25).

• Posted a season-best nine tackles and added one pass breakup at Green Bay (11/7).

• Notched seven tackles and one stop on special teams against Detroit (11/21).

• Finished with six tackles, two breakups, an interception and one special teams tackle at Green Bay (11/7).

• Tied for third on the team with seven tackles and added one pass breakup at Indianapolis (12/5).

• Posted four tackles, a pass breakup and one interception that led to a 50-yard David Buehler field goal right before half against Philadelphia (12/12).

• Recorded two tackles, one sack, one pressure, a pass breakup and an interception against Washington (12/19) all before leaving the game in the second quarter with a concussion. His sack and interception in the first quarter marked the 24th time in team history a Cowboy had a sack and an interception in the same game. Sensabaugh became the seventh defensive back, 17th different player, to accomplish the feat and the first since Tony Dixon did it at Washington (12/29/02). With his interception the previous week, this two-game span with a theft was the second time in his career he had back-to-back games with an interception. The first was in 2006 (at Miami, 12/3 and vs. Indianapolis, 12/10).

• Finished with four tackles, one pass breakup and one interception - his fifth of the season, establishing a single-season personal-best - at Philadelphia (1/2/11).

 

2009:

• In his first season in Dallas, finished sixth on the team with 81 tackles - then the second-most in a season in his career - a personal-best 10 pass breakups and an interception. Added five special teams tackles.

• Made his Cowboys debut at Tampa Bay (9/13) and tied for third on the team with nine tackles. Blocked a first quarter field goal - his third career block - before suffering a back and rib injury late in the third quarter and sitting out the remainder of the game.

• Finished the first-ever game at Cowboys Stadium with eight tackles against the N.Y. Giants (9/20).

• Was third on the team with eight tackles while helping hold the Panthers (9/28) scoreless in the second half.

• Had two tackles and a breakup before breaking his right thumb in the second quarter at Denver (10/4).

• Underwent surgery on his thumb and was inactive for the overtime win at Kansas City (10/11) but returned against Atlanta (10/25) to the tune of 10 tackles -- tops in the secondary and second on the team - and a season-best three pass breakups.

• Had five tackles and a breakup against Seattle (11/1) before picking off his first pass as a Cowboy along with six tackles and two pass breakups at Philadelphia (11/8).

• Added six tackles and a pass breakup on Thanksgiving Day against Oakland (11/26) before tacking on four stops and a deflection at the N.Y. Giants (12/6).

• Notched six tackles and a special teams stop against San Diego (12/13).

• At previously undefeated New Orleans (12/19), finished with two tackles as the defense held the Saints to just one-of-seven on third downs.

• In the playoff clinching win at Washington (12/27), notched two tackles as Dallas posted a shutout for the first time since a 27-0 win at Washington (12/14/03).

• Tied for the team lead with six tackles in the season finale against Philadelphia (1/3/10) as Dallas notched back-to-back shutouts for the first time in team history. The win also allowed Dallas to claim its 17th NFC East Division title.

• In the Wild Card Playoff Game against Philadelphia (1/9/10) had four tackles and a breakup in Dallas’ first playoff win since 1996.

• Had four tackles in the Divisional Playoff loss at Minnesota (1/17/10).

 

2008 (Jacksonville):

• Played in 16 games with 13 starts while playing both safety positions to total a then career-best 82 tackles, fifth on the team.

• Also made a then career-high four interceptions, four pass breakups, two tackles for loss and two quarterback hurries. Added six special teams tackles and a blocked kick.

• Collected three tackles and an interception in the season opener at Tennessee (9/7).

• Made his first start of the season at free safety for an injured Reggie Nelson against Houston (9/28) and recorded nine tackles and a pass breakup.

• Picked off his second pass of the season at Denver (10/12) while also contributing four tackles.

• Started at strong safety against Cleveland (10/26) and posted two tackles.

• Notched a season-high 11 tackles at Cincinnati (11/2).

• At Detroit (11/9) posted nine tackles while also blocking a field goal.

• Recorded four tackles and an interception - his third of the season - against Minnesota (11/23).

• Notched his fourth interception of the season along with six tackles at Chicago (12/7).

• Played in his 50th career game at Baltimore (12/28) with a four-tackle, one-pass breakup performance.

 

2007 (Jacksonville):

• Opened the season starting at safety and played in two games with eight tackles and a forced fumble before suffering a shoulder injury Week Two against Atlanta (9/16) that sidelined him for the rest of the season.

• Started at free safety against Tennessee (9/9) in the season opener and recorded eight tackles (four solo) and one fumble recovery.

• Started at strong safety against Atlanta (9/16) but left the game in the first quarter with a shoulder injury.

• Placed on the Reserve/Injured List on Sept. 19 with a shoulder injury.

 

2006 (Jacksonville):

• Played in all 16 games with seven starts after assuming the starting role at strong safety after Donovin Darius was placed on Reserve/Injured Nov. 22.

• Finished with 47 tackles, two interceptions, one fumble recovery and ranked third on the team with 11 special teams tackles.

• Missed the entire preseason after suffering a sprained ankle in training camp.

• Recorded a team-high four special teams tackles at Washington (10/1).

• Blocked a punt which was recovered by the Jaguars and led to a touchdown against the N.Y. Jets (10/8).

• At Philadelphia (10/29) made his first start of the season as the team opened up in its nickel package.

• Recorded six tackles, one for a loss, one fumble recovery and a team-high three passes defensed in an expanded role against the N.Y. Giants (11/20).

• Started at Miami (12/3) and led the secondary with 10 tackles and had his first career interception.

• Started against Indianapolis (12/10) and picked off Peyton Manning, his second consecutive game with an interception.

• Recorded six tackles in a start against New England (12/24).

• Finished the season with five tackles and a pass defensed at Kansas City (12/31).

 

2005 (Jacksonville):

• Played in all 16 games with two starts and totaled 31 tackles.

• Started the final three games of the season (including playoffs) at strong safety.

• Recovered a fumble on a muffed punt that led to a Jaguars score at the N.Y. Jets (9/25).

• Saw first significant action at safety against Baltimore (11/13) and finished with three tackles.

• Posted a season-high nine tackles at Arizona (11/27).

• Tied a season-high with nine tackles at Cleveland (12/4).

• Made his first career start at Houston (12/24) and recorded six tackles.

• In his second consecutive start in the game against Tennessee (1/1/06), posted two tackles.

• Started his first career postseason game at New England (1/7/06) and finished with four tackles, a tackle for loss and a special teams tackle.

 

COLLEGE:

• Played three seasons at Division I-AA East Tennessee State before transferring to North Carolina after ETSU dropped its football program in 2003.

• Was a two-time All-Southern Conference selection.

• In three seasons with the Buccaneers, totaled 183 tackles, 5.0 sacks, eight tackles for loss, three interceptions, 14 pass breakups, six forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries, four blocked punts and returned three turnovers for touchdowns (one interception and two fumble recovery) in 34 games played with 33 starts.

• Started all 12 games at strong safety as a senior with the Tar Heels as a transfer, leading the team with 78 tackles while also adding 6.5 tackles for loss, 3.0 sacks, one interception and five pass breakups.

• Majored in exercise and sport science.

 

PERSONAL:

• Was a standout football player at Dobyns-Bennett High School in Kingsport, Tenn., playing both sides of the ball and catching 42 passes for 420 yards and seven touchdowns in his final year.

• Competed in track, winning the state long jump title.

• He and Kristin Smith have three sons, Jaren, Isaiah and Jackson.

 

COMMUNITY:

• Participates in a variety of community outreach activities which include visits to local children's hospital, visits to Boys & Girls Clubs and reading to elementary school students.

• Participates in charitable efforts of his teammates.

• 2012 Dallas Cowboys U High School Camp Head Coach.

• Annual team Holiday Hospital Visits.

• Salvation Army Angel Tree Christmas Program.

• Annual Dallas Cowboys Kickoff Luncheon and Cowboys Family Cookbook benefitting Happy Hill Farm.

• Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Texas.

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