Height: 6'2" Weight: 200 lbs
Drafted: Fourth Round Pick 126th Overall
Dashon Goldson is a nine year veteran, two time pro bowler and a First Team All-Pro selection. He now is a Washington Redskins safety and wants to be an enforcer for this defense in 2015. Here are five things you need to know about him:
#1. Dashon Hugh Goldson hails from Carson, California and played his high school football at Narbonne High School in Harbor City, CA. His senior year was a productive one. He recorded 130 tackles, 6.0 tackles for loss and six interceptions, including two for touchdowns. He earned first-team All-Marine League honors as an upperclassman his last two years at Narbonne.
#2. He went on to Coffeyville Community College in Kansas where he helped lead that them to a 9-3 record in 2003 and he was named a first-team National Junior College Athletic Association All-American and Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference (KJCCC) Defensive Player of the Year in 2003.
Coming out of Coffeyville Community College, he was the No. 14 best player nationally, the No. 1 best safety and No. 3 best player in Kansas. He had four stars attached to his name as a recruit in the class of 2004. He received offers from Washington, Arkansas, Florida, Ohio State and USC. He chose to play his college football at Washington.
#3. He joined the Washington Huskies as a junior in 2004. He started all 11 games that season and recorded 64 tackles (32 tackles), led the team with five pass breakups, recovered two fumbles and had two interceptions. He recorded a game high 10 tackles against California.
As a senior (2005), he started all 11 games for the second year in a row. He was one of only three players to start every game in 2004 and 2005. He recorded 80 tackles (42 solo), 2.5 tackles for loss, one interception, one touchdown and four passes defensed.
With his extra year of eligibility, he recorded 50 tackles (33 solo), one tackle for loss, one interception and 11 passes defensed. Despite suffering a high ankle sprain and missing time on the field, he still received an All Pac-10 honorable mention.
#4. He was drafted in the fourth round of the 2007 NFL Draft to the San Francisco 49ers. He spent five seasons with them before going to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2013. His best seasons with the 49ers were 2011 & 2012 where he had a combined 136 tackles (110 solo), 20 passes defensed, six interceptions, two forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.
He also made the pro bowl in those two years and First Team All-Pro in 2012. He has experience playing in the Super Bowl but unfortunately doesn't have a ring as the 49ers lost to the Baltimore Ravens in Super Bowl XLVIII (2013).
#5. He was traded to the Washington Redskins by the Buccaneers this offseason. According to Redskins.com's Stephen Czarda, Goldson is ready to play the enforcer role with the team and his humbled to play on the same field as the late great Sean Taylor once did:
"When I figured out I was going to be here, that was one of the things I wanted to get off my chest is pay my respects to a guy who came in here and did tremendous things in this league and definitely at the position for this organization," Goldson told Larry Michael, Voice of the Redskins, on "Redskins Nation." "So I want to make sure the fans understand my mindset coming in here and being on this defense is definitely going to be setting the tone for sure – enforcing that."
He also doesn't mind laying out a few guys on the field either:
Some people don’t like to get hit – point blank. That’s just the way it is. People don’t like to get hit. That’s what I’ll bring to this defense, and I’ll try to get the guys around me to feed off my energy. I can say vice-versa, I’ll feed off theirs."
For his career so far, Dashon Goldson has 499 tackles (395 solo), three sacks, 43 passes defensed, 15 interceptions, one touchdown, six forced fumbles and six fumble recoveries.
Here's a sample of what the Redskins are getting from Goldson. His twitter name is @thehawk38 for a reason: