David Carr (American football)

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David Carr
David Carr at 49ers training camp 2010-08-09 1.JPG
Carr at 49ers training camp in August 2010
No. 8, 5
Position: Quarterback
Personal information
Born: (1979-07-21) July 21, 1979 (age 39)
Bakersfield, California
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:212 lb (96 kg)
Career information
High school: Bakersfield (CA) Stockdale
College: Fresno State
NFL Draft: 2002  / Round: 1 / Pick: 1
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Passing yards:14,452
TDINT:65–71
Completion percentage:59.7
Passer rating:74.9
Rushing yards:1,328
Rushing touchdowns:9
Player stats at NFL.com

David Duke Carr [1] (born July 21, 1979) is a former American football quarterback who played in the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Houston Texans first overall in the 2002 NFL Draft. He played college football at Fresno State. Carr also played professionally for the Carolina Panthers, New York Giants, and San Francisco 49ers. He received a Super Bowl ring as a backup for the Giants after their victory over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI. Carr's status as a number one draft pick and subsequent career has led to him being considered a draft bust.

American football Team field sport

American football, referred to as football in the United States and Canada and also known as gridiron, is a team sport played by two teams of eleven players on a rectangular field with goalposts at each end. The offense, which is the team controlling the oval-shaped football, attempts to advance down the field by running with or passing the ball, while the defense, which is the team without control of the ball, aims to stop the offense's advance and aims to take control of the ball for themselves. The offense must advance at least ten yards in four downs, or plays, and otherwise they turn over the football to the defense; if the offense succeeds in advancing ten yards or more, they are given a new set of four downs. Points are primarily scored by advancing the ball into the opposing team's end zone for a touchdown or kicking the ball through the opponent's goalposts for a field goal. The team with the most points at the end of a game wins.

Quarterback position in gridiron football

A quarterback, colloquially known as the "signal caller", is a position in American and Canadian football. Quarterbacks are members of the offensive team and line up directly behind the offensive line. In modern American football, the quarterback is usually considered the leader of the offensive team, and is often responsible for calling the play in the huddle. The quarterback also touches the ball on almost every offensive play, and is the offensive player that almost always throws forward passes.

National Football League Professional American football league

The National Football League (NFL) is a professional American football league consisting of 32 teams, divided equally between the National Football Conference (NFC) and the American Football Conference (AFC). The NFL is one of the four major professional sports leagues in North America, and the highest professional level of American football in the world. The NFL's 17-week regular season runs from early September to late December, with each team playing 16 games and having one bye week. Following the conclusion of the regular season, six teams from each conference advance to the playoffs, a single-elimination tournament culminating in the Super Bowl, which is usually held in the first Sunday in February, and is played between the champions of the NFC and AFC.

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Early years

David Carr attended Valley Oak Elementary School in Fresno, California. He continued on to Clovis Unified's Kastner Intermediate School in Fresno, where he proceeded to break a number of California D-I middle school records as quarterback of the Thunderbirds. After moving to Bakersfield, California, Carr attended Stockdale High School.

Fresno, California City in California, United States

Fresno is a city in California, United States, and the county seat of Fresno County. It covers about 112 square miles (290 km2) in the center of the San Joaquin Valley, the southern portion of California's Central Valley.

Bakersfield, California City in California, United States of America

Bakersfield is a city in and the county seat of Kern County, California, United States. It covers about 151 sq mi (390 km2) near the southern end of the San Joaquin Valley and the Central Valley region. Bakersfield's population is around 380,000, making it the 9th-most populous city in California and the 52nd-most populous city in the nation. The Bakersfield–Delano Metropolitan Statistical Area, which includes all of Kern County, had a 2010 census population of 839,631, making it the 62nd-largest metropolitan area in the United States. The more built-up urban area that includes Bakersfield and areas immediately around the city, such as East Bakersfield, Oildale, and Rosedale, has a population of over 520,000. Bakersfield is a charter city.

Stockdale High School (SHS) is an American senior high school located in Bakersfield, California. Its athletics teams are known as the Stockdale Mustangs and the school colors are black and silver. Stockdale High School first opened in 1991. Now in its 28th year, with approximately 2,069 students enrolled, has an API of 831, and has earned a reputation in the community and around the state as a school that meets the needs of all students. Sixty-four sections of GATE, Honors, and Advanced Placement classes are offered for the college-bound. For students interested in career pathways, eight courses are offered, including Agricultural Science and Technology, Applied Engineering and Design, Computer and Commercial Graphics, Computer Science and Information Systems, Accounting and Finance, Medicine, Virtual Business Enterprise, and Construction Technology. The school motto is "Branded by Excellence." In 2010, Newsweek ranked Stockdale among the top 6 percent of all public schools in the United States.

College career

Carr began as the starting quarterback at Fresno State during the 2000 and 2001 seasons after redshirting in 1999. While he was quarterback, the Bulldogs went 7-5 and 11-3. In his senior season the team beat Colorado, Oregon State, and Wisconsin, all members of BCS conferences. There was speculation about whether the Bulldogs would qualify for a BCS bid, something then unheard of for a BCS non-automatic qualifying conference team. They climbed to as high as number 8 in the polls, and Carr was on the cover of Sports Illustrated . [2] During his collegiate career, Carr completed 565 of 901 passes for 7,849 yards and threw 65 touchdowns versus 22 interceptions. [3] During his senior year, he won the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award and was a finalist for the 2001 Heisman Trophy, finishing fifth. [4] [5]

Fresno State Bulldogs football

The Fresno State Bulldogs football team represents California State University, Fresno in NCAA Division I FBS college football as a member of the Mountain West Conference. The green "V" on the Bulldogs' helmets, uniforms, field symbolize California Central Valley, specifically the San Joaquin Valley, the agricultural valley from which they draw their support. Jeff Tedford has been the head coach since the 2017 season.

Redshirt, in United States college athletics, is a delay or suspension of an athlete's participation to lengthen their period of eligibility. Typically, a student's athletic eligibility in a given sport is four seasons, like the four years of academic classes typically required to earn a bachelor's degree at an American college or university. However, in a redshirt year, student athletes may attend classes at the college or university, practice with an athletic team, and "suit up" for play – but they may compete in only a limited number of games,. Using this mechanism, a student athlete has at most five academic years to use the four years of eligibility, thus becoming what is termed a fifth-year senior.

Colorado Buffaloes football

The Colorado Buffaloes football program represents the University of Colorado Boulder in college football at the NCAA Division I FBS level. The team is currently a member of the Pac-12 Conference, having previously been a charter member of the Big 12 Conference. Before joining the Big 12, they were members of the Big Eight Conference. The CU football team has played at Folsom Field since 1924. The Buffs all-time record is 694–493–36 prior to the Valero Alamo Bowl at the end of the 2016 season. Colorado won a National Championship in 1990. The football program is 23rd on the all-time win list and 30th in all-time winning percentage.

On September 1, 2007, the Fresno State Bulldogs retired Carr's #8 jersey in his honor. [6] Former Fresno State football player Robbie Rouse (a junior in 2011) was the last player allowed to wear the number.

Robbie Rouse is an American football running back who is currently a free agent. He played his college football at Fresno State University.

College statistics

Passing
YearTeamGPCmpAttPctYardsTDsInt
1997 Fresno State 451145.55301
1998 Fresno State 7224153.722811
2000 Fresno State 1119431661.42,3381811
2001 Fresno State 1434453364.54,839469
College Totals3656590162.77,4586522

Professional career

Houston Texans

With the first overall pick of the 2002 NFL Draft, the Houston Texans, a new expansion team, selected Carr. His professional career began on a productive note. The Texans played their first regular season game on September 8, 2002, defeating the Dallas Cowboys, 19–10, at Houston's Reliant Stadium. Houston became just the second expansion team to win its first game. Carr was sacked 76 times in the season, an NFL record for most times a quarterback had been sacked in a season. [7] He also set the NFL record for fumble recoveries in a single season, recovering 12 of his own, both records still stand as of 2018. [8] He finished his rookie year of 2002 with 2,592 passing yards, 9 touchdowns, and 15 interceptions. He also rushed for 282 yards along with 3 rushing touchdowns. The Texans finished 4-12 in their first franchise year.

2002 NFL Draft

The 2002 NFL draft was the procedure by which National Football League (NFL) teams selected amateur college football players. The draft is known officially as the "NFL Annual Player Selection Meeting" and has been conducted annually since 1936. The draft took place April 20–21, 2002 at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York. The draft was broadcast on ESPN both days and eventually moved to ESPN2. The draft began with the Houston Texans selecting David Carr, and it ended with the Texans selecting Mr. Irrelevant, Ahmad Miller. There were thirty-two compensatory selections distributed among eighteen teams, with the Buffalo Bills receiving the most selections with four. The University of Miami was the college most represented in the draft, having five of its players selected in the first round. Although the Carolina Panthers finished with a 1–15 record which would normally have given them the first pick in each round, the Houston Texans were given the first pick because they were an expansion team. The league also held a supplemental draft after the regular draft and before the regular season.

Houston Texans National Football League franchise in Houston, Texas

The Houston Texans are a professional American football team based in Houston, Texas. The Texans compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the American Football Conference (AFC) South division. The team plays its home games at NRG Stadium.

Dallas Cowboys National Football League franchise in Arlington, Texas

The Dallas Cowboys are a professional American football team based in the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex. The Cowboys compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the league's National Football Conference (NFC) East division. The team is headquartered in Frisco, Texas, and plays its home games at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, which opened for the 2009 season. The stadium took its current name prior to the 2013 season. The Cowboys joined the NFL as an expansion team in 1960. The team's national following might best be represented by its NFL record of consecutive sell-outs. The Cowboys' streak of 190 consecutive sold-out regular and post-season games began in 2002. The franchise has made it to the Super Bowl eight times, tied with the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Denver Broncos for second most Super Bowl appearances in history, just behind the New England Patriots record eleven Super Bowl appearances. This has also corresponded to eight NFC championships, most in the NFC. The Cowboys have won five of those Super Bowl appearances, tying them with their NFC rivals, the San Francisco 49ers; both are second to Pittsburgh's and New England’s record six Super Bowl championships. The Cowboys are the only NFL team to record 20 straight winning seasons (1966–85), in which they missed the playoffs only twice.

Carr under center for the Texans in 2006. JetsTexans (cropped).JPG
Carr under center for the Texans in 2006.

In the 2003 season, Carr played 12 games (11 starts) with 2,103 passing yards, 9 touchdowns, and 13 interceptions. He also rushed for 151 yards with 2 rushing touchdowns and was sacked only 15 times. The Texans finished 5-11 in 2003.

Carr started all 16 games in 2004 being sacked a league-leading 49 times. He passed for 3,531 yards with 16 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. The Texans finished 7-9 in 2004. [9]

The 2005 season began poorly as the Texans were 1-9 in their first 10 games, and plummeted to a 2–14 record to finish the season. Plagued by injuries and an ineffective offensive line that limited both the running and passing games, Carr still threw for 2,488 yards while being sacked a league-leading 68 times. Despite the drop-off, the Texans exercised an option in Carr's contract that extended him for three years.

The Texans finished the 2006 season at 6–10. For the season, Carr posted a completion percentage of 68.9% (a career-high) and tied the single-game NFL record of 22 consecutive pass completions (against the Buffalo Bills). However, new Texans general manager Rick Smith decided to go in a different direction at quarterback. Thus, the Texans acquired Matt Schaub from the Atlanta Falcons and decided to release Carr, making him a free agent for the first time of his career. [10] He had been sacked a total of 249 times during his tenure in Houston.

Carolina Panthers

Carr agreed to terms with the Carolina Panthers on April 6, 2007, signing a 2-year, $6.2 million contract. [11] Following an injury to starting quarterback Jake Delhomme, Carr was named the starter. [12] He played in six games (started four games) and had three touchdowns and five interceptions, with a 53.7 completion percentage and a passer rating of 58.3. Carr suffered a back injury during the fifth game of the season (a victory vs. the New Orleans Saints) on a sack by Will Smith, and saw limited action during the remainder of the 2007 season, being replaced by Vinny Testaverde and Matt Moore. [13] [14] He was released on February 27, 2008. [15]

New York Giants (first stint)

On March 12, 2008, Carr signed a one-year contract with the New York Giants, reuniting with former Houston offensive coordinator Chris Palmer. [16] Subsequently, the Giants released former backup quarterback Jared Lorenzen. [17] Carr backed up Eli Manning for two seasons. In the 2009 offseason, Carr was re-signed to a one-year, $2 million contract on February 9, 2009. [18] In his first two years with the Giants, Carr saw action in seven games and threw three total touchdown passes. [19]

San Francisco 49ers

Carr in 2010 David Carr at 49ers training camp 2010-08-11 1.JPG
Carr in 2010

On March 7, 2010, Carr agreed to terms with the San Francisco 49ers; he served as a back-up to Alex Smith. [20] Carr was put into the 49ers Week 7 game against his former team the Carolina Panthers after Smith suffered a shoulder injury. [21] Carr struggled completing only 5 of 13 passes for 67 yards and throwing a crucial interception late in the 4th quarter. [22] He was released by the 49ers on July 28, 2011. [23]

New York Giants (second stint)

Carr signed with the New York Giants on July 31, 2011, as the backup quarterback to starter Eli Manning. [24] Carr received his only Super Bowl ring in the 2011 season after the Giants beat the New England Patriots 21-17 in Super Bowl XLVI. [25] He did not play a single snap during the 2011 regular season. Carr re-signed with the Giants on March 14, 2012, to an additional one-year contract. [26] He was waived by the Giants on August 31, 2013. [27]

Legacy

Carr's status as a number one draft pick and subsequent career has led to him being considered a draft bust. [28] [29] [30] [31] [32] In 2011, he was included in Foxsports.com's list of the ten worst No. 1 overall picks in NFL Draft history. [33] In 2015, NESN ranked Carr as the 8th worst No. 1 overall pick in NFL Draft history. [34]

Statistics

YearTeamGGSPassingRushingSackedFumbles
CompAttPctYdsY/ATDIntRtgAttYdsAvgTDSackYdsLFumFumL
2002 HOU 161623344452.52,4245.891562.8592824.8376411217
2003 HOU 121116729556.62,0136.891369.5271515.62159040
2004 HOU 161628546661.23,5317.6161483.5732994.1049301102
2005 HOU 161625642360.52,4885.9141177.2563085.5168424176
2006 HOU 161630244268.32,7676.3111282.1531953.7241240167
2007 CAR 647313653.76354.73558.317593.50137410
2008 NYG 3091275.01159.620144.18101.301200
2009 NYG 40152462.51727.21097.99273.0121110
2010 SF 1051338.5675.20123.6000.001500
2011 NYG 00000.000.0000.0000.000000
2012 NYG 202366.7196.300843-3-101610
Total94791,3532,26759.714,4526.4657174.93051,3284.492671,5647122

Coaching career

In 2015, Carr became offensive coordinator at Bakersfield Christian High School, under head coach and younger brother Darren Carr. [35]

Personal life

Carr married high school girlfriend Melody Tipton in March 1999. [36] [37] [38] Together they have six children, three of whom have been diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. [39] [40]

His brother, Derek is the starting quarterback for the Oakland Raiders. Derek states that David was instrumental to the preparation and training that led up to the 2014 NFL draft [41] and has helped greatly with training and experience since being drafted by the Raiders.

Lon Boyett, his uncle, played in the NFL with the 49ers in 1978. [42]

See also

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