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EP 47: Interview With Retired Pro Football Player Kevin Carter

Kevin had an outstanding football career playing 12 years professionally in the NFL.  He was drafted by the Rams, and also played for the Titans, Dolphins and Buccaneers.  He was a late starter, having not played football until high school.  His parents wanted to protect his young body from the physical demands of football so he played other sports growing up.  He developed into a star player and was wanted by pretty much every school in the nation.  Academics was important to him in his selection of a school so his choice came down to Notre Dame and Florida.  He was ready to commit to Notre Dame, however Coach Spurrier convinced him to join him and attend the University of Florida.  He had an outstanding career at Florida and was a top prospect in the 1995 draft.  He ended up going 6th overall to the Rams and experienced a whirl-wind of travel right after the draft.  He was drafted the year the Rams moved from LA to St. Louis, so there was a lot of transition for him.  Luckily for him, his mom was there to help him and she took care of many of the details involved in his transition to pro football.  His first sack in the NFL was a memorable one, as he earned it against the legendary Brett Favre.  He earned the game ball that day and still has the ball in his memorabilia collection.  Coach Dick Vermeil addressed the team when he took over and told them that they would win a Championship in 3 years.  They achieved that goal, winning Super Bowl XXIV in one of the most memorable finishes in Super Bowl history!  After football he transitioned into broadcasting, however he wasn’t sure that’s what he wanted to do.  He initially started in the speaker circuit, doing talks around the Country.  He did a few other things as well but didn’t find fulfilment from it.  His agent suggested that he try broadcasting, and after finally deciding to give it a try, he loved it.  He started with ESPN but is now working with CBS Sports.  He also does work with his foundation, The Kevin Carter Foundation, which he started back in 2001.  For more information on Kevin and his foundation, use the links provided below.

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About the author, Lyle

1st round pick of the BC Lions in the 2001 draft, 3rd overall. 10 year CFL player, retiring in 2011. 2 Grey Cup appearances, winning in 2006.

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