Timothy Lance Dobbins was born on December 10, 1982 in Nashville, TN where he attended Glencliff High. He enrolled at Copiah-Lincoln Junior COllege in Mississippi out of high school. His freshman year, he finished with 98 tackles, 6 sacks and 3 interceptions. As a sophomore, he had 112 tackles, 7 sacks, 1 interception, 1 forced fumble and 1 fumble recovery. He also scored twice on a 48-yard interception return and 44-yard fumble recovery. He would earn all-state JC honors and then transfer to Iowa State the following year. As a junior, he started all 12 games at middle linebacker, recording 61 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, 0.5 sacks, 2 interceptions, 2 pass breakups, 1 fumble recovery and 1 blocked kick. He earned All-Big 12 honorable mention that season. As a senior, he again started all 12 games at middle linebacker. He finished the season with 103 tackles, 7.5 for loss, 1 sack, 1 interception, 3 pass breakups, and 1 forced fumble on his way to earn 1st team All-Big 12 honors. He was originally selected by the San Diego Chargers in the fifth round (151st overall) of the 2006 NFL Draft.
Signed by San Diego Chargers on July 25, 2006 ... Re-signed by Chargers on April 19, 2010 ... Traded by Chargers to Miami Dolphins on April 22, 2010 as part of a draft-day trade that had both teams swapping first-round picks ... Signed by Dolphins to a contract extension on June 17, 2010 ... Cut by Dolphins on August 1, 2011 ... Signed by Houston Texans on August 6, 2011 ... Re-signed by Texans on April 12, 2012 ... Placed on injured reserve by Texans on January 4, 2013 with an ankle injury ... Re-signed by Texans on April 10, 2013 ... Cut by Texans on October 22, 2013 ... Signed by Atlanta Falcons on June 19, 2014.
Signed a two-year contract extension with Dolphins in 2010 worth slightly over $3 million in guaranteed money ... Signed by Falcons in 2014 to a one-year deal worth $855,000 with no signing bonus. His cap hit will be $570,000 due to the minimum salary benefit.