Jo-Lonn Dunbar
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Dunbar at the 2010 Saints victory parade
No. 56, 58, 54
Personal information
Born: (1985-03-13) March 13, 1985 (age 38)
Syracuse, New York, U.S.
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:235 lb (107 kg)
Career information
High school:Syracuse (NY) Corcoran
College:Boston College
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Total tackles:360
Forced fumbles:4
Fumble recoveries:1
Player stats at

Jo-Lonn D. Dunbar (born March 13, 1985) is an American former football linebacker who played eight seasons in the NFL. He was signed by the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League as an undrafted free agent in 2008. He has also played for the St. Louis Rams. He played college football at Boston College.

Early years

Dunbar attended Corcoran High School in Syracuse, New York[1] where he played running back and linebacker, under the head coach Leo Cosgrove. He earned All-State Class AA first-team honors as a senior running back and second-team All-State as a junior, when he competed as a linebacker. He added All-American accolades from Super Prep and was an All-East choice by Tom Lemming's Prep Football Report.[2]

College career

During his senior year at Boston College, Dunbar received recognition by becoming the fourth player in NCAA history to return two fumbles for touchdowns in a single game. In 2006, he was named MVP of the 2006 Meineke Car Care Bowl; he recovered 3 fumbles, returning two for touchdowns. At the end of his college career, he registered 262 tackles (156 solo) with 2.5 sacks for -12 yards and 21.5 stops for losses of 58 yards. He caused three fumbles and deflected seven passes. He gained 45 yards on two of interceptions, returning one for a touchdown.

Professional career

New Orleans Saints

During his first season with the Saints, Dunbar made a brief trip into the NFL spotlight when he made an impressive block to allow Reggie Bush to return a punt for a touchdown on Monday Night Football against the Minnesota Vikings.

Dunbar continued to play backup linebacker and special teams in the 2009 season. He suffered a hamstring injury in the Saints' December 6, 2009 game against the Washington Redskins, and was placed on the injured reserve list on December 8. The Saints went on to win Super Bowl XLIV.[3]

St. Louis Rams

Dunbar signed with the St. Louis Rams on April 2, 2012.[4]

In Week 1 of the 2012 season against the Detroit Lions, Dunbar recorded his first career interception, returning it 42 yards. He finished his first season with the Rams with 114 combined tackles, 4.5 sacks and two interceptions which were all career highs for him at the time.

On August 14, 2013, the NFL announced that Dunbar had violated the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances and he will be suspended for the first four games of the 2013 regular season.[5] He was later released from the team.

Dunbar was re-signed by the Rams on October 1, 2013.[6]

In 2015, Dunbar found himself further down on the Rams depth chart, and was not activated for any games. He was released by the team on October 27, 2015.[7]

New Orleans Saints (second stint)

After he was released by St. Louis, the Saints signed Dunbar on October 30, 2015 to provide depth in light of injuries to starting linebackers Dannell Ellerbe and David Hawthorne.[7] On November 23, 2015, he was waived by the team.[8]


  1. ^ Kirst, Sean (April 16, 2010). "Jo-Lonn Dunbar, a football hero, sees far beyond the game". Retrieved October 23, 2022.
  2. ^ "2008 NFL Draft Bio".
  3. ^ "Saints Sign CB Marcus McCauley", New Orleans Saints official website, December 8, 2009 (retrieved December 8, 2009).
  4. ^ Alper, Josh (April 2, 2012). "Jo-Lonn Dunbar signs with Rams". ProFootballTalk. Retrieved September 4, 2019.
  5. ^ Breech, John (August 14, 2013). "Rams starting LB Jo-Lonn Dunbar suspended for PED violation". Retrieved August 15, 2013.
  6. ^ Bishop, Tyler (October 2, 2013). "Dunbar returns; Starks leaves". Turf Show Times. Retrieved September 4, 2019.
  7. ^ a b Joel A. Erickson, "Return to New Orleans is 'pretty strange' for Saints linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar", The Advocate, October 30, 2015.
  8. ^ Schuster, Andrew (November 23, 2015). "New Orleans Saints sign Phillip Hunt, release Jo-Lonn Dunbar". Who Dat Dish. Retrieved September 4, 2019.