Mark Carrier (wide receiver)
John Mark Carrier (born October 28, 1965 in Church Point, Louisiana) is a former professional American football player who was selected by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the third round of the 1987 NFL Draft 57th overall.
Born and raised in Church Point, Louisiana, Carrier, raised by his Mother, Mark was a standout three-sport prep athlete at Church Point high school in football, basketball and track. He was all-state and all-conference as a senior with an average of 22 points and 12 rebounds per game in basketball. In track, he finished 3rd in the state of Louisiana in the 800 meter run after going undefeated the entire year. In football, he excelled as a receiver, defensive back and returner. He graduated with honors before attending Nicholls State University.
Carrier played college football at Nicholls State University and was named first-team Associated Press All-American and first-team Kodak All-American by the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) in 1986. He finished his football career at Nicholls as the all time receiving leader in receptions (142), yards (2709), yards per catch (20.4) and 100 yard games (11). He helped lead his team to the Division 1AA National Championships eventually losing to Georgia Southern in the Quarterfinals, the eventual National Champions. He was voted into the Nicholls State University Hall of Fame. Once he retired for professional football, he later returned to Nicholls and graduated.
A 6'0", 190-lb. wide receiver, Carrier played in 12 National Football League seasons from 1987 to 1998. A 1989 Pro Bowl selection for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Carrier caught a career-high 86 receptions for 1,422 yards and 9 touchdowns that year. After 6 years with the Buccaneers, Carrier signed a 3 year contract with the Cleveland Browns where he experienced his first appearance in the playoffs. He was selected by the Carolina Panthers in the 1995 NFL Expansion Draft. Carrier ranks fourth all-time on the Carolina Panthers' all-time receiving list with 176 receptions (as of the end of the 2008 season). On September 1, 1995, Carrier Scored the first NFL points and touchdown in South Carolina (Memorial Stadium, Clemson University aka "Death Valley") for the Carolina Panthers. One year later, in September 1996, Carrier scored the first NFL touchdown in Charlotte at Ericsson Stadium (now known as Bank of America stadium). He finished his 12 year career playing in 177 games, with 569 catches for 8763 yards averaging 15.4 yards per catch while scoring 48 touchdowns. He also average 10.9 yards per return with 229 yards on 21 reutrns with 1 touchdown. After 12 years of retirement, Mark returned to Charlotte to serve as Director of Player Development for the Carolina Panthers.
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