Patrick Carter (American football)

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Patrick Carter
Patrick Carter.jpg
Carter with the Dolphins in 2011
No. --     Retired
Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1985-02-06) February 6, 1985 (age 29)
Place of birth: St. Petersburg, Florida
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) Weight: 215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
College: Louisville
Undrafted in 2008
Debuted in 2010 for the Hartford Colonials
Last played in 2012 for the Miami Dolphins
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status: Retired
Career NFL statistics
Receptions --
Receiving yards --
Receiving TDs --
Stats at

Patrick Carter (born February 6, 1985) is an American football wide receiver for the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League. He was signed by the Baltimore Ravens as an undrafted free agent in 2008. He played college football at Louisville.

Carter has also been a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Seattle Seahawks, Denver Broncos and Hartford Colonials. He is the younger brother of NFL receiver Tim Carter.

The early years[edit]

Patrick, like his older brother Tim, had a stellar high school career, and was selected as an Academic All-American. Patrick had many notable achievements in football, track & field, and basketball. Patrick graduated from Lakewood High School (Florida) in 2003, a school known for tremendously talented alumni. He was elected to 2003 East/West All Star game, but declined so another player/friend could get exposure. Patrick graduated from high school with 25 college athletic scholarship offers.

In addition to athletics, Patrick was very involved in his community. He was a member of Young Life. It was through Young Life and personal friendships Patrick sought to teach others about being both a Christian and an outstanding athlete.


As a senior, Patrick won state in track & field in the 4 × 100 metres relay, setting a high school record.


As a junior, he was on the State Champion Lakewood High School team, with a record of 33-2. As a senior, Patrick won the 6th man Award, and broke the state record for blocked shots.


Patrick set seven Lakewood High School records as quarterback, including number of completions, total yards in a season, highest completion percentage, total touchdowns, total yards in a game, highest average yards per game, and tied the quarterback sneak record for longest rush (99 yards). As a senior, he was ranked 12th in the nation as a dual-threat quarterback.

College career[edit]

Patrick decided to attend Georgia Tech, primarily to be closer to his older brother. During his college career, Patrick played four out of five years as quarterback. In 2004, he played backup quarterback to Reggie Ball. During that same year, he also qualified for the indoor 60 metres in track & field. He also went to the ACC Indoor Championship.

In 2005, Carter transferred to Louisville, which meant he had to sit out of athletics for the year. Instead of playing, he logged over 1000+ hours with Habitat for Humanity and made many visits to children's hospitals.

In 2006, Carter resumed playing as a wide receiver, and started along with Harry Douglas, Gary Barnidge, Michael Bush, and Brian Brohm (quarterback). During this season, Carter averaged 5.9 yards per punt return, caught 5 passes for 68 yards, and 17 punt returns for 117 yards. He was listed as the fastest player on the team. When Brohm became injured, Carter was moved to quarterback. In the Orange Bowl that year, he threw the first touchdown pass (1st in Louisville BCS history) to running back Anthony Allen.

While at Louisville, Carter also set track & field records for 55 metres, 60 metres, and 200 metres dashes. During his senior year, he helped lead his team to win the Big East Track & Field Outdoor Championship.

NFL career[edit]

In 2007, Carter entered the NFL Draft, and was signed as a Baltimore Ravens free agent. During the year, he was mentored by Derrick Mason. (Joe Flacco was the rookie quarterback.)

In 2008, Carter signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and played on the practice squad for the season. (Josh Freeman was the rookie quarterback.)

In 2009, Carter signed with the Seattle Seahawks, and later traded to the Miami Dolphins.

In 2012, Carter ran routes for Ryan Tannehill, and was mentored by Ike Hilliard and Brandon Marshall. (Chad Pennington was the quarterback.) At the end of the 2012 season, Carter walked away from the game while still receiving calls.

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