Mark Carrier (safety)

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Position: Safety
Personal information
Born: (1968-04-28) April 28, 1968 (age 52)
Lake Charles, Louisiana
Career information
High school: Long Beach Polytechnic
(Long Beach, California)
College: Southern California
NFL Draft: 1990  / Round: 1 / Pick: 6
Career history
As player:
As coach:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Tackles:863
Interceptions:32
Touchdowns:1
Player stats at NFL.com

Mark Anthony Carrier III (born April 28, 1968) is an American football former safety who played in the National Football League. He was the former defensive backs' coach for the Cincinnati Bengals.

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Early life

Carrier went to Long Beach Polytechnic High School and was a letterman in football. In football, he was a three-year varsity starter. Mark was named to the Parade All-American, USA Today All-American, and the Long Beach Press-Telegram 's Best-in-the-West teams in 1985. Mark Carrier is the nephew of Créole fiddle player Bébé Carriere of the Carriere Brothers and The Lawtell Playboys and cousin to Creole fiddler Calvin Carriere.

College career

Carrier is a 1989 graduate of the University of Southern California. As a junior in 1989, Carrier was named to the Playboy All-American team and became USC's first winner of the Jim Thorpe Award, presented annually to the nation's best defensive back. A two-time consensus first-team All-American, Carrier had seven interceptions in 1989, plus 107 tackles, three fumble recoveries and ten pass deflections. A three-year starter for the Trojans, Carrier finished his collegiate career with thirteen interceptions. Carrier was inducted into the USC Athletic Hall of Fame, class of 2006.

Professional career

He was selected with the sixth pick of the 1990 NFL Draft by the Chicago Bears. Carrier lined up at free safety and won Defensive Rookie of the Year in 1990, after he led the NFL with 10 interceptions, which also set the Bears record for most interceptions in a season. [1] Carrier has also been fined for several of his hits, and also suffered three concussions during his career. [2] Carrier played for the Bears from 1990 to 1996, the Detroit Lions (1997–99) and Washington Redskins until 2000. Carrier was known as a smart player, often leading the defense. [3] He played in three Pro Bowls, in 1990, 1991 and 1993. [4]

Career statistics

YearTeamGTacklesFumblesInterceptions
CombTotalAstSacksFFFRYdsIntYdsAvgLngTDPD
1990 CHI 16122000.0020103941400
1991 CHI 1693000.0010254273900
1993 CHI 166247150.0000494243416
1994 CHI 166952170.010021057012
1995 CHI 16726480.00100000010
1996 CHI 134937120.0210200005
1997 DET 167554210.00005941966014
1998 DET 135341120.0200333113308
1999 DET 157359140.031031651608
2000 WSH 156855130.0100130303004
Career1527364091120.01140323701266167

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Coaching career

From 2004 to 2005, Carrier was defensive backs coach at Arizona State University. [6]

In 2006, the Baltimore Ravens hired Carrier as secondary defense coach.

In 2010, he was hired by the New York Jets as defensive line coach. [4]

On February 13, 2012, he was hired by the Cincinnati Bengals as defensive backs coach. He was fired in 2016.

Since 2016 Carrier has worked for Sports USA Radio Network as a color analyst for NFL and college football.

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