Tyrone Carter

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Tyrone Carter
Tyrone Carter Steelers.jpg
Tyrone Carter in 2007
No. 37, 22, 23, 31
Safety
Personal information
Date of birth: (1976-03-31) March 31, 1976 (age 38)
Place of birth: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Height: 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) Weight: 195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High school: Pompano Beach (FL) Ely
College: Minnesota
NFL Draft: 2000 / Round: 4 / Pick: 118
Debuted in 2000 for the Minnesota Vikings
Last played in 2010 for the San Diego Chargers
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Tackles 409
Sacks 5.5
INTs 9
Stats at NFL.com
Stats at pro-football-reference.com

Tyrone M. Carter (born March 31, 1976) is a retired American football defensive back who previously played in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of Minnesota, earned All-American honors and won several national awards. He has played professionally for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Minnesota Vikings, New York Jets and Washington Redskins of the NFL.

Early years[edit]

Carter was born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. At Blanche Ely High School in Pompano Beach, Florida, Carter was named Miami Sun-Sentinel all-county defensive first-team choice as a senior. He also received Miami Herald all-county offensive first team honors as a running back, gaining 1,349 yards and scoring 23 touchdowns his senior year.

College[edit]

Carter attended the University of Minnesota, where he majored in sociology and played for the Minnesota Golden Gophers football team. He was a first-team All-American in 1998, and a consensus first-team All-American in 1999. He also won the 1999 Jim Thorpe Award for best defensive back in college football, and was a finalist for the 1999 Bronko Nagurski Trophy which is given to the premier defensive player in the country. He also earned the Carl Eller Award twice, which is given to the Gophers defensive player of the year. In 1998, Carter was named first team All Big Ten conference by both the coaches and the media. During his football career at Minnesota, he recorded 584 tackles (414 solo), which are both NCAA division 1-A records.

Professional career[edit]

Minnesota Vikings[edit]

Tyrone Carter was drafted in the 4th round (122nd overall) in the 2000 NFL Draft out of the University of Minnesota by the Minnesota Vikings. On June 30, 2000, he signed a 3-year contract with the Vikings and had 40 tackles in his rookie year. He played 3 seasons with the Vikings and would return to the team later in his career when on March 11, 2004 he agreed to terms with his former team. However, on September 5, 2004, Carter was placed on the Vikings injured reserve list after spraining his knee during the second preseason game, and was expected to be out until October. On September 18, he was taken off the IR and released.

New York Jets[edit]

On April 14, 2003, Carter signed as an unrestricted free agent with the New York Jets, where he played for only one season and recorded career highs in tackles (88) and interceptions (2). On March 1, 2004, he was cut along with longtime Jet linebacker Mo Lewis and safety Sam Garnes in order to free up salary cap space.

Pittsburgh Steelers[edit]

Carter (22) playing against the Baltimore Ravens in 2006.

On October 20, 2004, he signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers, where he played in 9 games, recording seven tackles. On February 23, 2005, he declared free agency, but on April 5, 2005, he re-signed as an unrestricted free agent to a 2-year contract.

In 2005, Carter appeared in all 20 games (16 regular season, 4 postseason) for the world champion Pittsburgh Steelers. He recorded 3 tackles and a pass defensed in Super Bowl XL.

The Steelers re-signed Carter on March 27, 2007 to a 3 year, 2.5 million dollar contract, which included a $280,000 signing bonus. After playing the Denver Broncos in week 7, starting safety Ryan Clark suffered a life threatening illness in which Clark had to have his spleen and gall bladder removed. Tyrone Carter stepped in to replace Clark for the remainder of the season, starting 5 games in his absence.

The 2008 season saw Carter appear in all 16 regular-season games for the fourth straight season. He was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week for the first time in week 17 against Cleveland, in a game in which he had 4 tackles, 2 passes defensed, 2 interceptions and 1 touchdown. In Super Bowl XLIII Carter recorded two solo tackles and earned his second Super Bowl ring.

Carter entered 2009 as the third safety on the Steelers depth chart behind Troy Polamalu and Ryan Clark. When Polamalu was injured in the first game of the season against the Tennessee Titans, Carter replaced him in the starting lineup over the next four games. When the Steelers returned to Denver for the first time since Ryan Clark's injury, Coach Tomlin decided to deactivate Clark as a precaution and Carter started in his place. In this game, Carter had two interceptions, returning the first 48 yards for a touchdown. His second interception came with less than a minute to play and sealed the victory for the Steelers. Carter was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week for his effort. When Troy Polamalu was re-injured in a game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Carter took his place and started at the position for the rest of the season due to the injury.

Washington Redskins[edit]

On August 23, 2010, Carter was signed by the Washington Redskins.[1] On September 4, 2010, Carter was released.[2]

San Diego Chargers[edit]

On October 5, 2010, Carter was signed by the San Diego Chargers to replace suspended safety Steve Gregory.[3]

Career statistics[edit]

 Regular season Tackles Interceptions Kickoff returns
Season Team GP Total Solo Ast Sack PDef INT Yds TD Lng Ret Yds Avg Lg TD
2000 MIN 15 37 28 9 0.0 0 0 0 0 -- 17 389 22.9 38 0
2001 MIN 15 58 54 4 1.0 6 0 0 0 -- -- -- -- -- --
2002 MIN 16 57 48 9 0.0 6 1 13 0 13 17 350 20.6 34 0
2003 NYJ 16 88 64 24 0.0 3 2 37 0 23 -- -- -- -- --
2004 PIT 9 7 7 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 -- -- -- -- -- --
2005 PIT 16 24 18 6 1.0 3 1 3 0 3 -- -- -- -- --
2006 PIT 16 43 31 12 2.0 2 0 0 0 -- -- -- -- -- --
2007 PIT 16 56 40 16 0.5 2 0 0 0 -- -- -- -- -- --
2008 PIT 16 16 12 4 0.0 4 3 64 1 32T 1 16 16.0 16 0
2009 PIT 16 61 49 12 1.0 4 2 53 1 48T -- -- -- -- --
2010 SD 7 12 11 1 0.0 0 0 0 0 -- -- -- -- -- --
Total 11 seasons 158 459 362 97 5.5 29 9 170 2 48T 35 755 21.6 38 0

Personal[edit]

Carter and his wife April have 2 biological children Tyra(7)and Tyree(3)and 3 children from previous relationships; Tyrone: Tyrone Jr. (19) and Tristan (14)/ April: Tyron (15).[4]

His brother, Tank Carter, was sentenced to five years in prison for not appearing at court for a charge of driving with a revoked license. Rather than report to prison on January 6, 2006, where he was to serve a 6-month prison sentence, he instead traveled to watch his brother play 3 road playoff games and then in Super Bowl XL. Tank had originally been scheduled to report to jail on December 8, 2005, but Circuit Judge Stanton S. Kaplan allowed him an extra month to spend the holidays with his family and children. When he finally turned himself in on February 13, one week after Super Bowl XL, the judge added 54 months to his original 6-month sentence.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Safety Tyrone Carter signed by Redskins". footballnewsnow.com. August 23, 2010. Retrieved 20 January 2013. 
  2. ^ "Tyrone Carter, Capers, Hodge Released – Lichtensteigher & Banks to Stay". footballnewsnow.com. September 4, 2010. Retrieved 20 January 2013. 
  3. ^ "Chargers Sign Tyrone Carter". boltbeat.com. October 6, 2010. Retrieved 20 January 2013. 
  4. ^ Pittsbburgh Steelers bio
  5. ^ http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/wire?section=nfl&id=2535637

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