Dorsey Levens
Dorsey Levens was born on May 21, 1970 in Syracuse, New York. After attending college at Notre Dame and then Georgia Tech, the 6-1 230 pound Levens was selected by the Green Bay Packers with pick 149 in the fifth round of the 1994 NFL Draft. Early in his career he was the third down running back and back up to starting running back Edgar Bennett.
 

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Player Info

Height 6' 1"
Weight 230 lbs
DOB: 5/21/1970
Running Back

Statistics

NFL.com

NFL Draft

1994/Round 5/Pick 149

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Career Highlights

Pro Bowl

1997

Team(s) As A Player

Green Bay Packers 1994-2001
Philadelphia Eagles 2002
New York Giants 2003
Philadelphia Eagles 2004

Dorsey Levens Bursts onto Scene

During the 1996 season, Dorsey Levens became a bigger part of the Green Bay Packers offense. He carried the ball 121 times for 566 yards, 4.7 per carry, caught 31 passes for another 226 yards and scored 10 touchdowns. He really made his mark though in the playoffs. In the NFC Championship Game against Carolina, Dorsey Levens had 10 carries for 88 yards and caught 5 passes for another 117 yards and scored a touchdown as the Packers won 30-13. Levens scored the team's first touchdown and set up the team's third touchdown with a terrific 66-yard run after catching a screen pass. After three quarters of play, Levens had 194 yards and the entire Carolina team had 176 yards. After the game, Head Coach Mike Holmgren said, “It was a special performance in a special game. You need performances like that in a game like this. Dorsey has been part of our game plan all year.” Dorsey Levens added, “I thought I'd contribute a little. Never did I think I would have a game like this.” (1) He also helped the Packers defeat the New England Patriots and won the Super Bowl 35-21 in their next game.

Dorsey Levens’ Record Breaker

Dorsey Levens and the Green Bay Packers had lost seven times to the Dallas Cowboys. For some reason they just couldn’t get over the top. For one thing, the Packers could not run the football against the Cowboys. “I had made a checklist of the things we had not been able to do against them very well in previous games and one of those things was running the ball,” Packers coach Mike Holmgren said. “So we were going to try real hard.” Lucky for the Packers, Dorsey Levens was up for the challenge, put the team on his shoulders, and carried them to victory. For the day, Levens carried the ball 33 times for a Green Bay Packers record 190 yards rushing (previous record was held by Jim Taylor with 186 yards in 1961). “As a running back, the more you carry the more comfortable you feel,” Levens said. “I think there's a comfort zone you get into and a groove. You hear guys talk about it all the time but you really don't understand it unless you're in there. I was patient.” Starting guard Aaron Taylor said, “You've got to take your hat off to Dorsey. He was dragging people with him. He was coming off blocks and he broke a lot of tackles. You've got to love that when you're playing up front.” (2)

Dorsey Levens’ 1997 Season

The 1997 season was a continuation of the success Levens had at the end of the 1996 Super Bowl winning campaign. The Packers were once again a powerhouse team and Levens led the way on the ground, complimenting the great Brett Favre and the passing game. For the season he carried the ball 329 times for 1435 yards, caught 53 passes for another 370 yards and scored 12 touchdowns. He helped the Green Bay Packers return to the Super Bowl to face off against John Elway and the Denver Broncos.

This time, Dorsey Levens was the main man at running back. He had a fine game, but it was not enough. “What an individual does in a game means nothing,” said Levens, who finished with 90 yards on 19 carries and six receptions for 56 yards on screen passes from Brett Favre. “One individual doesn't win the game.” Despite losing this season, his team had won the Super Bowl a year earlier against the New England Patriots. “I've never lost a Super Bowl before,” he said. “Once the smoke clears, maybe I'll sit back and think about what kind of season I had. But right now, it hurts a little bit.” (3) When he does, it will be a season he can be proud of.

Dorsey Levens’ Career

Dorsey Levens retired after the 2004 NFL season. He finished his career with 1243 carries for 4955 yards, caught 304 passes for another 2334 yards and scored 53 touchdowns. In the post season, Levens had 164 carries for 699 yards, caught 44 passes for another 410 yards and scored 6 touchdowns.

By A. Goodin, 20Yardline.com
May 3, 2008

Dorsey Levens Bibliography

(1) Levens Earns Groundswell of Praise for Efforts (1997, January 13) The Boston Globe
(2)
Levens Carries Load in Record Style Back Breaks Team Mark With 190 Yards Rushing (1997, November 24) The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
(3)
LEVENS ALMOST BROUGHT PACK BACK (1998, January 26) Rocky Mountain News