Bengals defensive end Carlos Dunlap stormed onto the scene in the second-half of his rookie season in 2010 with a take no-prisoners attitude, supplementing a serious need for a quality pass rusher; which this team has lacked for some time (save for the sporadic one-and-done performances).
Not only did Dunlap fall one sack shy of tying the league for most quarterback sacks by a rookie in 2010, he followed that up with epic aggression, generating 23 quarterback hurries and nine quarterback hits in the first seven games into the 2011 season. Though his sack numbers slowed, due to a problematic hamstring that he suffered against the Tennessee Titans, the pressure he applied amounted to a systematic destruction of the timing and confidence for the opposing quarterback in the pocket.
It's to the point that if we expect a breakout season from Dunlap, we'd literally witness a tear in the space time continuum. In the meantime, Dunlap hosted his inaugural Carlos Dunlap Football Camp at Fort Dorchester in South Carolina, where three hundred kids aged from 6-14 years old attended. Needless to say, the big turnout took him by surprise.
Of the event, Dunlap said:
"It was crazy. I was not expecting that many kids. But I was excited, glad that people supported me and trusted me with their kids. I plan on doing it every year."
"I wanted to give back to my community, help get the kids active, motivate them and enlighten them to the opportunities that are available to them," Dunlap said.
Along with inspiring younger players and encouraging them, the Dunlaps (including his father, Carlos Sr.), promoted healthy living, as well as teaching how to hit and avoiding concussions.
"We also wanted to introduce kids to healthy living, teach them to listen to their parents and to listen in school," Carlos Sr. said. "Those are all things that go into making a good athlete, but it doesn’t stop there. You have to surround yourself with positive people, be a leader and not a follower."
This is just another example of the overall character that saturates the Bengals lockerroom, making one more and more proud to call this our team. It's also a testament to Dunlap himself, as he's been nothing but the model citizen since coming to Cincinnati.