David Carr
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Carr with the Texans in 2006
No. 8, 5
Position:Quarterback
Personal information
Born: (1979-07-21) July 21, 1979 (age 44)
Bakersfield, California, U.S.
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:212 lb (96 kg)
Career information
High school:Stockdale
(Bakersfield, California)
College:Fresno State (1997–2001)
NFL draft:2002 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1
Career history
As a player:
As a coach:
Career highlights and awards
As a player
Career NFL statistics
Passing attempts:2,267
Passing completions:1,353
Completion percentage:59.7%
TDINT:65–71
Passing yards:14,452
Passer rating:74.9
Player stats at PFR

David Duke Carr[1] (born July 21, 1979) is an American former football quarterback who played 10 seasons in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the Fresno State Bulldogs and was selected first overall by the Houston Texans in the 2002 NFL Draft. Carr also played for the Carolina Panthers, the New York Giants, and the San Francisco 49ers. With the Giants, Carr was a member of the team that won Super Bowl XLVI. He currently serves as the offensive coordinator at Bakersfield Christian High School.

Carr's status as a number one draft pick and subsequent career has led to him being considered a draft bust.[2][3][4][5][6] In 2016, he joined the NFL Network as an analyst.[7]

Early life

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.

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.[8] During his collegiate career, Carr completed 565 of 901 passes for 7,849 yards and threw 65 touchdowns versus 22 interceptions.[9] During his senior year, he won the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award and was a finalist for the 2001 Heisman Trophy, finishing fifth.[10][11]

On September 1, 2007, the Fresno State Bulldogs retired Carr's #8 jersey in his honor.[12] Former Fresno State football player Robbie Rouse (a junior in 2011) was the last player allowed to wear the number.

College statistics

Season Team GP Passing
Cmp Att Pct Yds TD Int Rtg
1997 Fresno State 4 5 11 45.5 53 0 1 67.7
1998 Fresno State 7 22 41 53.7 228 1 1 103.5
1999 Fresno State Redshirt Redshirt
2000 Fresno State 11 194 316 61.4 2,338 18 11 135.4
2001 Fresno State 14 344 533 64.5 4,839 46 9 165.9
Totals 36 565 901 62.7 7,458 65 22 151.2

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Wonderlic
6 ft 3+38 in
(1.91 m)
223 lb
(101 kg)
31+34 in
(0.81 m)
9+34 in
(0.25 m)
4.67 s 4.28 s 7.05 s 35.0 in
(0.89 m)
9 ft 0 in
(2.74 m)
24[13]
All values from NFL Combine[14][15]

Houston Texans

Carr under center for the Texans in 2006.

With the first overall pick of the 2002 NFL Draft, the Houston Texans, a new expansion team, selected Carr.[16] 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. However, Carr was sacked 76 times during that season, which set a league record.[17] He also set the NFL record for fumble recoveries in a single season, recovering 12 of his own. Both records still stand as of 2022.[18] 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. 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 with a record of 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.[19]

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 then 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.[20] 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 two-year, $6.2 million contract.[21] Following an injury to starting quarterback Jake Delhomme, Carr was named the starter.[22] 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.[23][24] He was released on February 27, 2008.[25]

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.[26] Subsequently, the Giants released former backup quarterback Jared Lorenzen.[27] 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.[28] In his first two years with the Giants, Carr saw action in seven games and threw three total touchdown passes.[29]

San Francisco 49ers

Carr with the 49ers in 2010

On March 7, 2010, Carr agreed to terms with the San Francisco 49ers; he served as a backup to Alex Smith.[30] Carr was put into the 49ers Week 7 game against his former team the Carolina Panthers after Smith suffered a shoulder injury.[31] Carr struggled completing only 5 of 13 passes for 67 yards and throwing a crucial interception late in the 4th quarter.[32] He was released by the 49ers on July 28, 2011.[33]

New York Giants (second stint)

Carr signed with the Giants on July 31, 2011, as the backup quarterback to starter Eli Manning.[34] 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.[35] 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.[36] He was waived by the Giants on August 31, 2013.[37]

Legacy

Carr's status as a number one draft pick and subsequent career has led to him being considered a draft bust.[38][39][40][41][42] In 2011, he was included in Foxsports.com's list of the ten worst No. 1 overall picks in NFL Draft history.[43] In 2015, NESN ranked Carr as the 8th worst No. 1 overall pick in NFL Draft history.[44] He is currently on NFL Network as an analyst.[45]

NFL career statistics

Legend
Won the Super Bowl
NFL record
Led the league
Bold Career high
Year Team Games Passing Rushing Sacks Fumbles
GP GS Rec Cmp Att Pct Yds Avg TD Int Rtg Att Yds Avg TD Sck SckY Fum Lost
2002 HOU 16 16 4−12 233 444 52.5 2,592 5.8 9 15 62.8 59 282 4.8 3 76 411 21 7
2003 HOU 12 11 3−8 167 295 56.6 2,013 6.8 9 13 69.5 27 151 5.6 2 15 90 4 0
2004 HOU 16 16 7−9 285 466 61.2 3,531 7.6 16 14 83.5 73 299 4.1 0 49 301 10 2
2005 HOU 16 16 2−14 256 423 60.5 2,488 5.9 14 11 77.2 56 308 5.5 1 68 424 17 6
2006 HOU 16 16 6−10 302 442 68.3 2,767 6.3 11 12 82.1 53 195 3.7 2 41 240 16 7
2007 CAR 6 4 1−3 73 136 53.7 635 4.7 3 5 58.3 17 59 3.5 0 13 74 1 0
2008 NYG 3 0 9 12 75.0 115 9.6 2 0 144.1 8 10 1.3 0 1 2 0 0
2009 NYG 6 0 21 33 63.6 225 6.8 1 0 93.6 9 27 3.0 1 2 11 1 0
2010 SF 1 0 5 13 38.5 67 5.2 0 1 23.6 0 0 0.0 0 1 5 0 0
2011 NYG 0 0 DNP
2012 NYG 2 0 2 3 66.7 19 6.3 0 0 84.0 3 -3 -1.0 0 1 6 1 0
Total 94 79 23−56 1,353 2,267 59.7 14,452 6.4 65 71 74.9 305 1,328 4.4 9 267 1,564 71 22

Coaching career

In 2015, Carr became offensive coordinator at Bakersfield Christian High School, under head coach and younger brother Darren Carr.[46]

Personal life

Carr married high school girlfriend Melody Tipton in March 1999.[47][48][49] Together they have five children,[50] three of whom have been diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, which Carr also suffers from.[51][52]

His brother, Derek is also a quarterback in the NFL. Derek states that David was instrumental to the preparation and training that led up to the 2014 NFL Draft[53] and has helped greatly with training and experience since being drafted.

Lon Boyett, his uncle, played in the NFL as a tight end with the Buccaneers, Raiders and 49ers from 1977-1978.[54]

See also

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