David Carr

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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. --     Free Agent
Quarterback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1979-07-21) July 21, 1979 (age 34)
Place of birth: Bakersfield, California
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) Weight: 216 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High school: Bakersfield (CA) Stockdale
College: Fresno State
NFL Draft: 2002 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1
Debuted in 2002 for the Houston Texans
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2012
Pass attempts 2,267
Pass completions 1,353
Percentage 59.7
TDINT 65-71
Passing yards 14,452
QB Rating 74.9
Stats at NFL.com

David Duke Carr (born July 21, 1979) is an American football quarterback of the National Football League (NFL) who currently is a free agent. He was drafted by the Houston Texans first overall in the 2002 NFL Draft. He played college football at Fresno State.

Carr has also played professionally for the Carolina Panthers, New York Giants, and San Francisco 49ers.

Early years[edit]

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

College career[edit]

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 unprecedented for a mid-major team. They climbed to as high as number 8 in the polls, and Carr was on the cover of Sports Illustrated. During his collegiate career Carr completed 587 of 934 passes for 7,849 yards. Carr threw 70 touchdowns versus 23 interceptions, and he won the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award during his senior year.

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

Statistics[edit]

Year Comp Att Comp % Passing Yards TD INT Carries Rushing TD
1997 5 11 45.5 53 0 1 5 −21 0
1998 22 41 53.7 228 1 1 13 −31 0
2000 216 349 61.9 2,338 18 11 65 80 4
2001 344 533 64.5 4,839 46 9 94 67 5

Professional career[edit]

Houston Texans[edit]

With the first overall pick of 2002 NFL Draft the expansion Houston Texans selected Carr. He started all but four games for the team in its first five years. Carr's 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; they won four games that season. Due to having a patchwork offensive line in front of him, Carr also became the most-sacked quarterback in a single season of the NFL, being sacked 76 times. He also set the NFL record for fumble recoveries in a single season (recovering 12 of his own). With Carr under center, the Texans improved in each of the next two years, finishing 5–11 in 2003 and 7–9 in 2004. Carr's 2004 season was his best statistically, as he finished with his highest career passer rating and threw for over 3,500 yards.

In 2005 the Texans won only one of their first ten games, finishing the season with a 2–14 record. Plagued by injuries and an ineffective offensive line that limited both the running and passing games, Carr still threw for over 2,500 yards while being sacked 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 part ways with Carr.

Carr is considered to be one of the biggest quarterback busts in NFL history since 1980,[1][2] and was ranked 10th on Fox Sports' list of worst No. 1 overall picks in NFL Draft history.[3]

Carolina Panthers[edit]

Carr agreed to terms with the Carolina Panthers on April 6, 2007. Following an injury to starting quarterback Jake Delhomme, Carr was named the starter. 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. He was released on February 27, 2008.[4]

New York Giants (1st stint)[edit]

On March 12, 2008, Carr signed a one-year contract with the New York Giants, reuniting with former Houston offensive coordinator Chris Palmer. Subsequently, the Giants released former backup quarterback Jared Lorenzen. 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.[5] In his two years with the Giants, Carr saw action in seven games and threw three total touchdown passes.

San Francisco 49ers[edit]

On March 7, 2010, Carr agreed to terms with the San Francisco 49ers, he served as a back-up to Alex Smith.[6]

Carr was put into the 49ers Week 7 game against the Carolina Panthers after Smith suffered a shoulder injury. Carr struggled completing only 5 of 13 passes for 67 yards and throwing a crucial interception late in the 4th quarter.[7]

He was released by the 49ers on July 28, 2011.

New York Giants (2nd stint)[edit]

Carr re-signed with the New York Giants on July 31, 2011, as the backup QB to starter Eli Manning. Carr received a Super Bowl ring after the 2011 season after the Giants beat the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI. He re-signed with the Giants on March 14, 2012, to an additional one-year contract.[8] He was waived by the Giants on August 31, 2013.

Statistics[edit]

Year Team G GS Passing Rushing Sacked Fumbles
Att Comp Pct Yds Y/A TD Int Rtg Att Yds Avg TD Sack YdsL Fum FumL
2002 HOU 16 16 444 233 52.5 2,424 5.8 9 15 62.8 59 282 4.8 3 76 411 21 7
2003 HOU 12 11 295 167 56.6 2,013 6.8 9 13 69.5 27 151 5.6 2 15 90 4 0
2004 HOU 16 16 466 285 61.2 3,531 7.6 16 14 83.5 73 299 4.1 0 49 301 10 2
2005 HOU 16 16 423 256 60.5 2,488 5.9 14 11 77.2 56 308 5.5 1 68 424 17 6
2006 HOU 16 16 442 302 68.3 2,767 6.3 11 12 82.1 53 195 3.7 2 41 240 16 7
2007 CAR 6 4 136 73 53.7 635 4.7 3 5 58.3 17 59 3.5 0 13 74 1 0
2008 NYG 3 0 12 9 75.0 115 9.6 2 0 144.1 8 10 1.3 0 1 2 0 0
2009 NYG 4 0 24 15 62.5 172 7.2 1 0 97.9 9 27 3.0 1 2 11 1 0
2010 SF 1 0 13 5 38.5 67 5.2 0 1 23.6 0 0 0.0 0 1 5 0 0
Total 89 79 2,264 1,351 59.7 14,433 6.4 65 71 74.9 302 1,331 4.4 9 266 1,558 70 22

Personal[edit]

Carr is the son of Rodger and Sheryl Carr of Fresno. He has two brothers, one of whom (Derek) is a quarterback at Fresno State, as David was. Lon Boyett, his uncle, played in the NFL with the Raiders and 49ers in the early 1980s.

Carr and his wife, Melody, have three sons and one daughter.

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