An athletic 280-pounder with a big wingspan, Dunlap is a naturally gifted playmaker with statistics to bear it out ... Led team in 2015 with career-best 13.5 sacks, ranked fourth in the NFL and third in the AFC, the best-ever rankings by a Bengal ... Logged team’s 2015 single-game high of three sacks on Dec. 28 at Denver ... His 13.5 sacks rank second in Bengals history, surpassing Eddie Edwards’ 13.0 in 1983 and trailing only Coy Bacon’s 22.0 in 1976 (14-game season) ... Dunlap’s previous high sacks total was 9.5 as a rookie in 2010 ... Entering his seventh season in 2016, he is roster leader in career sacks (49.0), ranked fourth in club history ... Has 12 career forced fumbles, eight fumble recoveries, 26 passes defensed and four blocked FGs ... Has scored two career TDs, on a 35-yard fumble return and a 14-yard INT return ... Excels not only on pass pressure, but as a downfield pursuer trailing runs and screen passes ... His agility and speed convinced his high school coaches to use him as a 240-pound kickoff returner, and he had a 95-yard TD.
Career transactions: Selected by Cincinnati in second round of 2010 NFL Draft (54th overall) ... Signed with Bengals on 7-28-10 ... Signed contract extension with Bengals on 7-16-13.
Pro Bowl participation: Earned first Pro Bowl nod for 2015 season game at Honolulu, added to roster after being voted a first alternate ... Had one tackle and one pass defensed, playing for victorious Team Irvin.
2015 general: Started at LDE in Games 1-16 and Wild Card playoff ... Led D-line in tackles (55) in regular season ... Led team in QB hits (31), ranked second in total tackles-for-loss (16), and had two blocked FGs ... Tied with 49ers’ Quinton Dial for most blocked FGs in NFL ... His three sacks at Denver were most by Bengal since LB Vincent Rey had three on 11-10-13 at Baltimore.
Unique honor: Dunlap was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance in a Dec. 20 win at San Francisco. He blocked a 41-yard FG attempt by veteran Phil Dawson in the fourth quarter, effectively ending San Francisco’s remaining comeback hopes in an eventual 24-14 Cincinnati win. Dunlap is the first Bengal not a kicker or kick returner to win a Special Teams Player of the Week award. Dunlap also had a game-changing defensive play against the 49ers. Midway through the second quarter of a scoreless game, he stripped the ball from WR Anquan Boldin and returned it 21 yards to the San Francisco 11, setting up the contest’s first score.
More 2015 highlights: Had six-yard sack of Matt McGloin Sept. 13 at Oakland ... On Sept. 20 vs. San Diego, his six-yard sack of Philip Rivers in third quarter helped Bengals hold Chargers to missed FG after fumble recovery in Bengals territory ... On Sept. 27 at Baltimore, led line with five tackles (two for-loss), and his pass pressure helped force Joe Flacco into an intentional grounding penalty in fourth quarter ... On Oct. 4 vs. Kansas City, sacked Alex Smith for eight yards ... On Oct. 11 vs. Seattle, spurred comeback win by forcing Seahawk punts with a fourth-quarter solo sack of Russell Wilson and an overtime shared sack ... Totaled six QB hits vs. Seattle, the team season-high ... On Oct. 18 at Buffalo, had 1.5 sacks of E.J. Manuel ... On Nov. 5 vs. Cleveland, had two sacks of Johnny Manziel in fourth quarter, for 16 combined yards ... Logged four tackles and four QB hits Nov. 29 vs. St. Louis ... On Dec. 6 at Cleveland, logged a five-yard sack of Austin Davis, an eight-yard tackle for loss, a forced fumble (Bengals recovered) and a blocked a 47-yard FG attempt ... Led line in tackles (four) on Dec. 13 vs. Pittsburgh, including third-down sack of Ben Roethlisberger ... Details on Dec. 20 at San Francisco are in previous item, “Unique honor” ... On Dec. 28 at Denver, logged six tackles, including three sacks of Brock Osweiler for a combined loss of 22 yards, and had one additional QB hit ... In Wild Card playoff on 1-9-16 vs. Pittsburgh, his three tackles included a shared sack, and he had a pass defensed and one additional QB hit.
Previous seasons: 2010—A Pro Football Weekly all-rookie team selection, Dunlap contested Detroit DT Ndamukong Suh for the league’s rookie sacks title, posting Bengals rookie record of 9.5 ... Lost the rookies sacks crown when Suh went to 10 with a zero-yard sack late in fourth quarter in Week 17 ... Dunlap eclipsed former Bengals rookie sack record of 8.5, set by DE Justin Smith in 2001 ... All of Dunlap’s sacks came in last eight games, including 8.5 in last six games ... Became first rookie to lead team in sacks for season since 1990, when LB James Francis led with eight ... On Nov. 14 at Indianapolis, brought down Peyton Manning for first career sack. 2011—His sack total dipped to 4.5, from 9.5 as a rookie, but despite missing four games he still led team in QB pressures (27) and had an impressive fumble return for key TD ... Played in 12 games and in Wild Card playoff ... Missed Games 9 and 11-13 due to hamstring injury ... On Oct. 16 at Indianapolis, with Colts looking to erase a 20-17 Bengals lead in the fourth quarter, Dunlap scooped a Pierre Garcon fumble at the Colts 35 and ran for a game-clinching TD ... On Nov. 6 at Tennessee, had two sacks of Matt Hasselbeck, for 22 yards. 2012—Began action in Game 3, after missing time in rehab from a preseason knee injury ... Had a 14-yard INT return for a TD to seal Dec. 30 win vs. Baltimore ... Named AFC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance Dec. 2 at San Diego, when he forced fumbles on each of his two sacks, recovering one late in the game to help preserve win ... Tied for team lead in both forced fumbles (four) and fumble recoveries (three) ... His seven combined fumbles forced and recovered led the team by three ... Had 27 QB pressures (second on team) and five tackles-for-loss ... On Sept. 23 at Washington, set up Bengals TD when he forced a fumble by Robert Griffin III and recovered it at Redskins 12. 2013—Played in all 16 games for first time in his career, with 15 starts at LDE, and made first postseason start ... Logged 70 tackles, with 7.5 sacks (tied for team lead) ... His 10 passes defensed led D-line ... Led team in forced fumbles (four) and QB pressures (34), and tied for second with seven tackles-for-loss ... On Sept. 29 at Cleveland, deflected 51-yard Billy Cundiff FG try ... On Oct. 6 vs. New England, forced a LeGarrette Blount fumble (recovered by Cincinnati) ... Provided major momentum shift in win Oct. 20 at Detroit, blocking 34-yard David Akers FG attempt late in second quarter to prevent Lions from making a third straight unanswered score, and offense responded with a TD to erase for a 14-10 lead ... On Oct. 31 at Miami, ran down RB Lamar Miller after 41-yard gain to Bengals 11, forcing fumble that Cincinnati’s Adam Jones recovered in end zone and returned 43 yards ... On Nov. 10 at Baltimore, had sacks of nine and eight yards against Joe Flacco ... On Dec. 22 vs. Minnesota, returned a Matt Cassel fumble 42 yards to Vikings four in first quarter, setting up a TD. 2014—Started at LDE in Games 1-16 and in Wild Card playoff ... Led team in sacks (eight), tackles-for-loss (17), QB hits (27), forced fumbles (two) and combined fumbles forced-and-recovered (three) ... Led D-line in tackles (66), a personal career first, and also led D-line in passes defensed (five) ... Had 10-yard sack of Matt Ryan on Sept. 14 vs. Atlanta, and credited with four total QB hits ... On Oct. 19 at Indianapolis, had a shared sack of Andrew Luck, a forced fumble (recovered by Bengals), a fumble recovery and a pass defensed ... In shutout win Dec. 14 at Cleveland, tied for team lead with six tackles (two for-loss), including a seven-yard sack of Johnny Manziel ... Led line with four tackles (one for-loss), including a five-yard sack of Peyton Manning, in playoff-clinching win Dec. 22 vs. Denver ... Two tackles and three QB hits in Wild Card playoff on 1-5-15 at Indianapolis.
College: Played three seasons (2007-09) at Florida, with totals of 84 tackles, 19.5 sacks, 26 tackles for loss, eight passes defensed and four blocked kicks ... Entered NFL Draft following his junior season ... Named Defensive MVP of 2008 season BCS national championship win over Oklahoma ... Helped Gators to 13-1 records in each of his last two seasons, including 51-24 Sugar Bowl victory over University of Cincinnati to close 2009 campaign.
Personal: Hometown is North Charleston, S.C. ... Spends offseason time in Miami. Fla., as well as in North Charleston ... Attended Fort Dorchester High School, and closed his career ranked 15th on ESPN’s Top 150 recruits list ... Actively supports children in need in both South Carolina and Greater Cincinnati, through the Carlos Dunlap Foundation, with events including an annual football camp and holiday shopping trips ... Pursuing a business degree from Florida ... SEC Academic All-American in 2008 ... Selected to SEC Academic Honor Roll as a freshman ... Enjoys playing basketball and jet skiing ... Was named ‘Mayor for a Day’ in North Charleston on 3-13-09 ... Lists parents, Diane Ross and Carlos L. Dunlap Sr., as his greatest source of inspiration.
Bengals DE Carlos Dunlap today was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week by the NFL, for his performance in last week’s victory at San Francisco.
DE Carlos Dunlap is the Bengals’ nominee for the 2015 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award. The sixth-year pro from the University of Florida is among 32 team winners in contention for the league WPMOY Award, the only NFL award recognizing a player’s off-field community service and playing excellence combined.
If it’s not the Dunlap Scholars, it’s the Christmas party at Kroger last year when he helped the kids build gingerbread houses and donated all the fixings for a holiday dinner. Or if it’s not that, it’s having a manicure to the delight of the women he’s hosting at a spa day for breast cancer patients. Or . . .Look anywhere in the community and Carlos Dunlap is there.
This Thanksgiving, thousands of families across the nation were able to share a holiday meal because of the generosity of NFL players. Fifty of those benefitting were at the Boys & Girls Club in Avondale, Ohio as Cincinnati Bengal Carlos Dunlap and his foundation handed out turkeys to those in need.