|Born:||August 19, 1946|
|Died:||February 19, 2018 (aged 71)|
|High school:||Phoenix (AZ) Union|
|NFL Draft:||1968 / Round: 1 / Pick: 5|
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Freddie Alton Carr (August 19, 1946 – February 19, 2018) was an American football player who played linebacker for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League (NFL) from 1968 to 1977.
Carr attended Phoenix Union High School where he competed in basketball, and representing P.U.H.S. as a discus thrower and in the shot put. Fred was in the top ten discus throwers in the US in his senior year. He played for Phoenix College before transferring to the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) in 1965, where he was called "Probably the best overall linebacker in school history." Fred was inducted into the UTEP Athletics Hall of Fame, September 23, 2005, and would later also be elected to the Phoenix College (PCAA) Hall of Fame in their inaugural class of 2007.
Carr was drafted in the first round of the 1968 NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers. The Packers got this draft slot in the trade with New Orleans that sent fullback Jim Taylor to the Saints. Some were surprised that the Packers, who already had a strong linebacking corps led by future Hall of Famers Ray Nitschke and Dave Robinson, chose him. General manager Vince Lombardi, however, considered him to be the best player in the draft, and one who could play a variety of positions, including linebacker, tight end, strong safety and defensive end. Carr's professional career spanned 10 seasons, all with the Packers. His final season was 1977. Before the 1978 season, the Packers waived Carr as the result of a deep conflict over how Carr's injured knee should be treated. He settled his dispute with the Packers in 1979 and signed with the San Diego Chargers as a free agent, but never played for them.
Carr had six children, and his nephew Terry Fair played in the NFL. Carr was named to the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame in 1983. Carr died on February 19, 2018, after suffering from dementia and prostate cancer, at the age of 71.