Carpenter in 2011, while with the Lions.
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|Born:||August 1, 1983|
Lancaster, Ohio, US
|Height:||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight:||250 lb (113 kg)|
|High school:||Lancaster (OH)|
|NFL Draft:||2006 / Round: 1 / Pick: 18|
|* Offseason and/or practice squad member only|
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|Player stats at PFR|
Robert Joseph Carpenter, III (born August 1, 1983) is a former American football linebacker in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys,Miami Dolphins, Detroit Lions and New England Patriots. He was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the first round of the 2006 NFL Draft. He played college football at Ohio State.
Carpenter attended Lancaster High School in Lancaster, Ohio, alma mater of Super Bowl champion Jim Cordle. In addition to being a football standout, he was also a member of the swim team. During his senior year, Carpenter was selected All-Ohio first-team in football, and also went to the District Finals in swimming.
In 50 games at The Ohio State University, Carpenter started 26 times. He registered 191 tackles (121 solos), 14.5 sacks and 23.5 for losses, two forced fumbles, seven passes deflected passes and three interceptions.
In 2002, Carpenter played in every game as a true freshman. In 2003, Carpenter started three contests at strongside linebacker, totaling 37 tackles (24 solos), 4.5 sacks, 6.5 stops for losses and a pair of forced fumbles.
Carpenter was a full-time starter in 2004, lining up at strongside linebacker. He finished second on the team with 93 tackles (46 solos) and registered two sacks with 6.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage. He also deflected three passes and intercepted three others.
As a senior in 2005, Carpenter started first eleven games of the 2005 season, finishing fifth on the squad with 49 tackles and second on the team with eight sacks and 10.5 stops for losses, earning second-team All-Big Ten Conference honors. In the final game against Michigan, He fractured his right leg/ankle and was unable to play in the Fiesta Bowl.
|Height||Weight||Arm length||Hand size||40-yard dash||10-yard split||20-yard split||20-yard shuttle||Three-cone drill||Vertical jump||Broad jump||Bench press||Wonderlic|
|6 ft 2 in|
|4.66 s||4.31 s||6.88 s||22 1⁄2 in|
|10 ft 4 in|
|All values from NFL Combine|
Carpenter was the Dallas Cowboys' first round selection (18th overall) in the 2006 NFL Draft. It was later reported that head coach Bill Parcells influenced the organization into drafting him, based on his previous experience coaching his father, Rob Carpenter. His best game with the Cowboys came in a 2006 playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks, where he started at outside linebacker and recorded five tackles and three deflected passes.
In 2009, he took over the team's nickel linebacker role after playing mostly on special teams. Over his four-year stint with the Cowboys, Carpenter failed to establish a starting role, registering 96 tackles and 29 special teams tackles. In the fourth episode of the 2008 Hard Knocks series, Carpenter was continuously beaten in a pads and shorts practice by right tackle Marc Colombo. During that practice Colombo referred to him as "Barbie Carpenter", while also making fun of his shoulder length blonde hair.
Carpenter was traded from the Dallas Cowboys to the St. Louis Rams in exchange for offensive tackle Alex Barron on May 10, 2010.He was cut before the start of the season on September 4.
On September 6, 2010, the Miami Dolphins signed Carpenter as a free agent reuniting him with Bill Parcells who drafted him with the Dallas Cowboys. He was waived on October 18, because of a mistake on his special teams blocking assignment against the Green Bay Packers, that came on the heels of two previous blocking assignment errors against the New England Patriots.
Carpenter was signed as a free agent by the Detroit Lions on October 20, 2010.
On October 2, 2011, Carpenter had six tackles, a pass deflected and made the play of the game, returning an interception for a touchdown, which sparked a second half come-from-behind victory against his former team, the Dallas Cowboys. The 24-point collapse was the largest blown lead in team history and eventually cost them a chance to qualify for the post-season.
On April 5, 2012, Carpenter was signed as a free agent by the New England Patriots. He was among the team's final pre-season cuts on September 1. After fellow linebacker Dont'a Hightower suffered a hamstring injury, the Patriots re-signed Carpenter on October 3.He was released on October 31 after playing in four games for New England, mostly on special teams while registering two special teams tackles.
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Carpenter is the son of former Houston Oilers, New York Giants and Los Angeles Rams running back Rob Carpenter. Carpenter and his father both played for Bill Parcells. He has three younger brothers: Jonathan, Georgie & Nathan.
After completing his NFL career in 2013, Carpenter returned to Ohio State and completed his MBA with a specialization in Finance and Strategy. He is now an adjunct professor teaching a course at the Fisher College of Business in Private Equity.
He is currently a board member of the 2nd and Seven Foundation , which promotes literacy to 2nd graders throughout Columbus, Ohio, and the nation, and heavily involved with the Buckeye Cruise for Cancer that has raised over $20 million for the James Cancer Hospital since 2008.
In 2013, Carpenter joined 97.1 The Fan in Columbus, Ohio as an evening host on the Buckeye Show from 6 PM to 8 PM. During that time he also appear on Wall to Wall Sports for WBNS 10TV, which is also owned by Dispatch Media Group. Carpenter has worked the Ohio State Spring game since 2016 for BTN and has been a color analyst for ESPN 3 since 2017.
In 2018, Carpenter became a regular contributor to ESPN's Get Up, which airs daily from 8 AM to 10 AM EST.
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