Henry Carr

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Henry Carr
Date of birth: (1942-11-27) November 27, 1942 (age 72)
Place of birth: Detroit, Michigan
Career information
Position(s): Safety
College: Arizona State
NFL Draft: 1965 / Round: 4 / Pick: 43
As player:
1965–1967 New York Giants
Career stats
Playing stats at NFL.com
Olympic medal record
Men's athletics
Competitor for the  United States
Gold 1964 Tokyo 200 m
Gold 1964 Tokyo 4x400 m relay

Henry Carr, born November 27, 1942 in Detroit, Michigan, is a former American track and field athlete who won two gold medals at the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.

Early life[edit]

Prior to bringing his athletic talents to Arizona State University, Carr was a state champion sprinter for Northwestern High School in Detroit having posted a 100 yard time of 9.3 seconds. While competing for the ASU Sun Devils, he won three national titles; along the way setting world records at 200 meters, at 220 yards, and as a member of the Sun Devil 4 x 440 yard relay team.

Henry Carr won the 1963 NCAA title at 200 meters in 20.5; the same year he ran 20.69 to tie Paul Drayton for the USA title. Twice that season Carr ran world records; a non-ratified 20.4 for 200 meters and, three days later in a college triangular meet, a 20.3 for 220 yards. Henry Carr ran even faster in 1964; setting a world record of 20.2 for 220 yards. Track and Field News ranked Carr Number-One in the World at 200 meters, in 1963 and 1964.


It was at the 1964 Olympics where Carr would achieve his greatest fame; Carr won the 200 meters and anchored the winning 4 x 400 meter relay team to a world record 3:00.7.

Professional Football Career[edit]

Following the Olympics, Carr played American football in the National Football League. He was drafted in the fourth round of the 1965 NFL Draft by the New York Giants and played three seasons as a safety and cornerback with New York.

Personal Life[edit]

Carr left the NFL once he became one of Jehovah's Witnesses.

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