Falcons Sign Dantzler

The Atlanta Falcons announced Tuesday that they have claimed and were awarded RB Woodrow Dantzler off waivers from the Dallas Cowboys. Dantzler was cut earlier this week by head coach Bill Parcells.

Dantzler was originally signed by Dallas as a rookie free agent out of Clemson in 2002, where he was the first quarterback in the history of Division I-A football to rush for more than 1,000 yards and pass for more than 2,000 yards in the same season.

After making the change from quarterback to running back at the professional level, Dantzler led Dallas during the preseason last year with a 44.6 kickoff return average. He also electrified sports fans everywhere with one of the most exciting plays of the 2002 NFL season with a mind-boggling 84-yard kickoff return for a touchdown against the San Francisco 49ers.

Dantzler was released on the final cut and immediately signed to the Cowboys practice squad earlier this week.

In an interview with CUTigers.com in late August, Dantzler was hopeful that he would be able to make the Cowboys 53-man regular season roster, but after depth issues at the cornerback position, head coach Bill Parcells was forced to waive him earlier this week.

"I wanted to work hard to have a chance to make this team, so I just went out and did it," Dantzler said in regards to his switch to safety after the Cowboys preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Dantzler will play in Atlanta as a running back and kick return specialist.

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