Adam Carriker

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Adam Carriker
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Carriker during the 2014 Redskins training camp.
No. 90, 94
Position: Defensive end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1984-05-06) May 6, 1984 (age 31)
Place of birth: Hastings, Nebraska
Height: 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Weight: 300 lb (136 kg)
Career information
High school: Kennewick (WA)
College: Nebraska
NFL draft: 2007 / Round: 1 / Pick: 13
Career history
Career highlights and awards
  • Named the "Strongest Redskin" (2011) (2012) (2013) (2014) *
  • Rams Rookie of the Year (2007)
  • Voted "The Best Defensive End" to come out of Nebraska since the turn of the century
  • First-team All-American (Playboy 50th Anniversary team) (2006)
  • Second-team All-American (Rivals) (2006)
  • Big 12 Defensive Lineman of the Year (2006)
  • First-Team All-Big 12 (2005) (2006)
  • Defensive MVP (2005) (2006)
  • Lifter of the Year (2004)
Career NFL statistics
Tackles: 125
Sacks: 9.0
Player stats at

Adam Eugene Carriker (born May 6, 1984) is a former American football defensive end in the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the St. Louis Rams in the first round of the 2007 NFL Draft. He earned All-American honors while playing college football at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. He most recently played with the Washington Redskins for five seasons.

Early years[edit]

Carriker attended Kennewick High School, where he played quarterback and defensive end. He was a three-year starter at quarterback and team captain for three straight years. In his only season at defensive end (his senior season), he recorded 25 tackles, 15 sacks, and four forced fumbles. He was named to First-team All-Big 9 Honors as a quarterback and defensive end. He also played in the Washington State All-Star football game, which his team won. Carriker visited Oregon, Oregon State, Washington State and UCLA, entertaining those as well as other offers from Michigan, Colorado and Texas to play quarterback, before finally deciding to commit and play defensive end at Nebraska. Additionally, Carriker was a three-time All-Conference selection in baseball, leading the conference in home runs all three seasons. He was highly recruited by major league scouts and colleges because of his 95 mph fastball, before he ultimately turned them down to pursue his football career. He also played basketball, earning First-team All-Big 9 Honors in both his junior and senior seasons. He stood out scholastically as well, earning several academic awards.

Carriker is a devout Christian.

College career[edit]

Carriker redshirted in 2002. In his 2003 freshman season he played extensively and contributed in passing situations. Against the University of Colorado he had three quarterback hurries and ended a CU drive in the third quarter with a nine-yard sack of quarterback Joel Klatt. He played in his first bowl game, the 2003 Alamo Bowl after the regular season. Carriker also earned All-Big 12 Academic honors as well.

In his 2004 sophomore year Carriker won the highly prestigious "Lifter of the Year" award, which is voted on by his Nebraska teammates. He had eight starts in the 2004 campaign, and finished with 36 tackles, including seven tackles for loss and three sacks for 18 yards. Carriker added seven quarterback hurries during his sophomore season. Carriker earned All-Big 12 Academic honors for the second straight year.

As a junior in 2005 Carriker started all 12 games at the base end spot, and finished with 9.5 sacks for 84 yards and 17 tackles for loss for 96 yards. His 9½ sacks tied the Big 12 Conference lead and ranked 19th nationally. He also led Nebraska with 21 quarterback hurries, 10 more than any other Husker defender. Carriker’s 43 total tackles ranked seventh on the team and tied for the most among defensive linemen. He began his junior season by notching two of the Huskers’ school-record tying 11 sacks in the team’s 25-7 win over Maine, on his way to leading the Huskers in sacks for the season. The Nebraska defense led by Carriker had 50 sacks on the season, which was more than any other team in the entire nation that year. Carriker capped 2005 by earning 1st Team All-Big 12 honors by the Big 12 Coaches and the Associated Press. Adam was voted 2005 Nebraska Defensive MVP. Carriker earned All-Big 12 Academic honors for the third straight year.

As a senior in 2006 Adam Carriker completed a dominant career by earning First-team All-American honors on the Playboy 50th Anniversary All-America team, along with Second-team All-American honors by Rivals as well. Also in 2006, Carriker earned Nebraska’s Defensive MVP honor for the second straight season, and was honored as the Big 12 Defensive Lineman of the Year by the league’s coaches. Carriker finished the season by leading the Huskers in sacks for the second year in a row, and ranked second on the team with 16 tackles behind the line of scrimmage. His 52 total tackles led all Nebraska defensive linemen, and he also led the Blackshirt defense with 12 quarterback hurries, while registering his first career interception. In addition to his selection as Big 12 Defensive Lineman of the Year, Carriker was a First-team All-Big 12 pick by the Big 12 Coaches and the Associated Press for the second year in a row. Carriker earned his degree in Business Administration, as well as All-Big 12 Academic honors for the fourth straight year.

The strong senior season put Carriker’s name in a prestigious position in the NU record books. He finished with 41 career tackles for loss to rank fifth in the program’s history. Carriker has 20½ career sacks to rank sixth on the Cornhusker charts. Carriker graduated with a degree in business administration.

Carriker was recently recognized and honored by the Nebraska media, at a school traditionally rich with great defensive linemen, as the "Best Defensive End" to come out of the school in the past 15 years, since the turn of the century in the year 2000.

College statistics[edit]

Year Team GP GS TT Solo Ast TFL Sack PDef INT FF FR Hurr BK TD
2003 Nebraska 9 0 3 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0
2004 Nebraska 10 8 36 19 17 7 3 0 0 0 0 7 0 0
2005 Nebraska 12 12 43 26 17 17 3 0 0 1 21 0 0
2006 Nebraska 14 14 52 24 28 16 7 3 1 1 0 12 0 0
Career 45 34 134 71 63 41 19½ 6 1 1 1 43 0 0

Professional career[edit]


Pre-draft measureables
Ht Wt 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20 ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
6-6 * 290 lb * 4.72 ** 1.58 ** 2.69 ** 4.04 * 7.06 * 34½ in. * 9'09" * 35 * 30 *

(* represents NFL Combine; **represents Nebraska Pro Day- March 7, 2007) [1]

  • Power clean: 405 lbs
  • Bench press: 550 lbs
  • Squat: 650 lbs
  • Dead Lift: 800 lbs

St. Louis Rams[edit]

On July 26, 2007, Carriker signed a five-year $14.5 million contract, with guarantees of $9.5 million.[2] Carriker was the first St. Louis Rams rookie in the history of the franchise to start all 16 games of his rookie season. Carriker bulked up 10 pounds from the 289 pounds he weighed his senior year of college, to 299 pounds his first year in St. Louis, in order to play nose guard. Especially at 6'6, this is considered a to be a drastic change of position for someone like Carriker, who had played defensive end his entire career. But Carriker expressed willingness in a pre-draft interview with the Rams to do whatever the team needed if they drafted him. The Rams had a need at nose guard and Carriker willingly filled the void very well throughout his entire Rookie campaign, especially considering his lighter weight and extreme height for the position according to the Rams coaching staff.

He was voted the Rams Rookie of the Year called the Carroll Rosenbloom Memorial Award. This award was voted on by his peers and teammates, expounding on the success of Carriker in his rookie season.

During his second and third seasons in 2008 and 2009, Carriker continued to be impressive in his role as the team's starting nose guard. The media reported that he had been moved to the "3-technique" defensive tackle spot, but that has been proven inaccurate. Carriker actually started every game but one at the team's nose guard spot, for the second and third straight seasons. Carriker again impressed coaches in his role of taking on double teams. He bulked up a lot more reaching his all time career high of 320 pounds, in order to play the position being asked of him. Throughout his first three seasons in the league, Carriker played more defensive snaps than any other defensive lineman in the NFL. He was praised by his teammates for his unselfishness, as well as his mental and physical toughness, especially when he played the entire second half of his third season while battling both extremely severe shoulder and ankle injuries.

Carriker had simultaneous major reconstructive surgery on both his shoulder and ankle, due to the damage done the previous season. This cause him to lose his entire 2010 campaign. He did surprise doctors and trainers alike, when he came back from both injuries six months earlier than expected. During that time he impressed the strength coaches as well, especially when he demonstrated immense strengths to the point of all time record highs. So much so, that they brought in the heaviest dumbbells (200 pounds a piece) ever recorder in an NFL weight room. Nobody before or since has been able to lift them outside of Carriker, and that part of the weight has forevermore been dubbed "The Carriker Section."

Heading into 2010 the Rams hired new head coach Steve Spagnuolo. When he met the new coach, Carriker expressed interest in moving to the 3-technique defensive tackle position. Spagnuolo immediately took exception and moved Carriker to second on the depth chart. He was quoted as saying "He's not my guy."

Washington Redskins[edit]

After receiving repeated phone calls from the Redskins trying to trade for Carriker, the Rams finally reached a mutual agreement with them and he was traded to the Washington Redskins on April 20, 2010.

In Washington, Carriker immediately earned the starting left defensive end position for the Redskins in a 3-4 defensive scheme. This is a much more natural fit for someone with the length of Carriker, and it also allowed him to slim down to his normal playing weight. "In St. Louis, we asked Adam to play out of position for his whole career up to this point. We had a gapping need and whole in our defense, and he unselfishly filled it amazingly well," said defensive coordinator Jim Haslett. "Not many guys, especially first round picks who make the kind of money Adam does, would be willing to do something like that. He plays with incredible strength and amazing power. He does a great job. But defensive tackle in a 4-3 scheme, or defensive end in a 3-4 defense is what he should have been playing all along. He'll finally have the opportunity to shine here with us. He's the most physically gifted and best defensive lineman we have already."[3] It's been reported by the Redskins that Carriker power cleaned 405 pounds, bench pressed 550 pounds, squatted 650 pounds and dead lifted 800 pounds on his first day with the team.[4]

Carriker was voted by his peers as a team captain following the Redskins training camp. Early in the 2011 season the change drew rave reviews, said Rich Campbell of, "Carriker is going to be a great impact 3-4 defensive end! He’s dominating on run plays and he’s generating great pass rush. Carriker stopped Houston RB Arian Foster for a 2-yard loss in the second quarter after he made a quick step inside the pulling left guard. He also beat a double team on the first play of the second half to stop Foster for a loss of one. Carriker is clearly the best defensive lineman on the team."[5] Carriker was selected the "Strongest Redskin" by the Redskins strength and conditioning staff.

During the 2012 season Carriker was voted a team captain once again, as he continued to anchor the Redskins defense. He led the entire defensive line in every major defensive statistic including sacks (8.5), tackles (50), forced fumbles (5), fumble recoveries (4) and tackles for loss (15). He was named "Strongest Redskin" by the Redskins strength staff once more.

By this point Carriker was widely regarded as one of the best 3-4 defensive ends in the entire NFL. As a result he was one of the most highly sought after free agents during the off season. On March 13, 2013, Carriker re-signed with the Redskins for four years on a $20 million contract with $7 million guaranteed.[6] It's not often a first round pick earns a second contract bigger than his first one. Carriker proved to be worth every penny, as he helped lead the Redskins on a seven game win streak to close out the season and win the NFC East championship. After starting the season 3-9, it's one of the biggest turnarounds in NFL history.

Once again for the fourth year in a row, Carriker was voted a team captain and the "Strongest Redskin." In Week 2 of the 2014 season against the St. Louis Rams however, he suffered a right knee injury early in the first quarter on a freakish looking play. The next day it was confirmed that he tore quad tendon in his right leg and he would need surgery and would be placed on injured reserve.[7]

The Redskins asked Carriker to restructure his contract in order to help with the severe salary cap penalty the Redskins faced that season from bending some league free agency rules the year prior. Carriker agreed and said "I'll do whatever it takes to help the team." His team first attitude once again received high praise from coaches and teammate alike. By restructuring his contract, he immensely helped the Redskins on March 11.[8] On July 25, he was placed on the PUP list after the team announced that he had a third surgery on his right knee and would be out for four or five months.[9] On December 12, he was placed on injured reserve.[10] He was later released.[11] It was later reported that the Redskin's training staff received high amounts of criticism for their handling of Carriker's rehab. In the words of world renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews, "I feel really bad for him. When you look at great amount of success Adam had in coming back from previous injuries, always well ahead of schedule and stronger than before he was injured, this result is very surprising. I've reviewed the team's rehab protocol and the incompetent rehab by the Redskin's trainers, ended the career of an extremely successful football player."

2015 NFL Veteran Combine[edit]

Carriker was invited to and helped headline the first NFL Veteran Combine.[12][13] He was considered one of the biggest names to attend the combine and came away drawing by far the most attention of anyone there. Even though his actual time was never announced publicly, it was reported that he ran a faster 40 yard dash than he did eight years earlier when he was coming out of college at the rookie scouting combine. Dr. James Andrews was again quoted when it came to Carriker. "It's a miracle he can even walk after everything he's been through. It's public knowledge he had three knee surgeries, but I've heard several reports he's actually had many more surgeries than that on his knee, but he wouldn't answer me when I asked him. I don't know a single NFL veteran who's been in the league for eight years that can come out here and be faster than he was eight years ago as a rookie. He's a freak of nature, one of the most gifted athletes I've ever seen and has worked harder in his rehab with us than any athlete I've had in my nearly 40 years of medicine. He's truly a medical marvel." Carriker also performed 40 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press. That's more than anybody did at either the veteran or rookie scouting combines that same year, and as a result captured headlines as well. Immediately following the combine, his agent spoke with over two dozen teams regarding Carriker. It was reported that several teams, including the Atlanta Falcons offered Carriker a contract. But he ultimately never reached a mutual agreement with any of them, and ended up turning them down.

NFL stats[edit]

2007 STL 16 35 29 6 5.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2008 STL 16 36 30 6 5.5 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2008 STL 16 37 31 6 6.0 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
2008 STL 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2010 WSH 16 40 36 4 7.5 4 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
2011 WSH 16 50 40 10 8.5 5 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
2012 WSH 16 45 36 9 7.5 4 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
2012 WSH 2 2 0 0 0.0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career 98 245 202 41 40.0 21 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 4



  • GP: games played
  • COMB: combined tackles
  • TOTAL: total tackles
  • AST: assisted tackles
  • SACK: sacks
  • FF: forced fumbles
  • FR: fumble recoveries
  • FR YDS: fumble return yards
  • INT: interceptions
  • IR YDS: interception return yards
  • AVG IR: average interception return
  • LNG: longest interception return
  • TD: interceptions returned for touchdown
  • PD: passes defensed

Off the Field[edit]

Carriker has used his Business degree and his TV prowess to appear multiple times on Fox News and Fox Business, as a frequently requested business and political analyst.

Carriker has also made multiple public appearances with the Nebraska congressmen in Washington DC.

The WWE has shown recent interest in Carriker when he received a call from Vince McMahon, and Vince extended an open invitation to him, to come and work with the company at his discretion

Carriker also does weekly national writing and radio segments called the "Carriker Chronicles," where he discusses the current state of the NFL. His other weekly show appearances include "Chad Dukes vs The World" on the largest sports station in Washington DC, to discuss his opinion and give his take on the Redskins game every week. In the state of Nebraska he appears every week on "The Bottom Line," the largest sports talk show in the state which is hosted by Mike'l Severe, to give his take on the state of Nebraska football as well.

In April 2012, Carriker began his radio career as co-host of 4th & Pain along with Chuck Carroll. Carriker, an avid WWE fan, touts 4th & Pain as being the only pro wrestling and football radio show hosted by a NFL player and a guy who lost 250 pounds, an homage to his co-host.[15] The show airs weekly online.

The show has gained in popularity and they've interviewed NFL stars such as Robert Griffin III, DeAngelo Hall and Chris Cooley. In June 2012, the show gained notoriety among wrestling fans after Carriker conducted his first interview with WWE wrestler Heath Slater.[16] Since then the show and it's audience has continued to grow with interviews of wrestling stars such as Jeff Hardy, Roman Reigns and Bill Goldberg. Goldberg has appeared on the show himself over 20 different times. He has a cited a friendship with Carriker during his interviews on the show as the reason for his frequent appearances. The show also talks Nebraska football from time to time and has had such Husker legends as Eric Crouch and Tommie Frazier join them.

Carriker has also served as a recurring motivational speaker as well.

Carriker recently announced on his Twitter that he is launching a foundation. He initially put in his bio that he was excited to announce there would be more information on his charity coming soon. .


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  3. ^ Campbell, Rich (September 12, 2010). "Carriker, Barron old foes". Retrieved 2010-09-21. 
  4. ^ Carriker, Adam (September 12, 2010). "Hog Blog with Aam Carriker". The Retrieved 2010-09-21. 
  5. ^ Campbell, Rich (September 12, 2010). "Game Balls, Gassers and Observations: Texans 30, Redskins 27". Archived from the original on 24 September 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-21. 
  6. ^ "Despite cap penalty, Redskins go aggressive in free agency, add WRs Garcon and Morgan". WashingtonPost. Retrieved 2012-03-13. [dead link]
  7. ^ Jones, Mike (September 17, 2012). "Brian Orakpo, Adam Carriker done for season". Retrieved 2012-09-17. 
  8. ^ Jones, Mike (March 11, 2014). "Adam Carriker restructures contract with Redskins". Retrieved 2014-03-11. 
  9. ^ "Redskins' DE Adam Carriker out 4-5 months after 3rd knee surgery, placed on PUP list". July 25, 2014. Retrieved 2013-07-25. 
  10. ^ Jones, Mike (December 12, 2014). "Carriker’s quest to return officially comes to an end". Retrieved 2014-12-19. 
  11. ^ Jones, Mike. "Redskins part ways with Adam Carriker, Sav Rocca, three others". Washington Post. Retrieved 4 March 2014. 
  12. ^ "NFL to host inaugural Veteran Combine". March 11, 2015. Retrieved 2015-03-22. 
  13. ^ Orr, Conor (March 22, 2015). "Adam Carriker: 'I'm still alive. I can still play this game'". Retrieved 2015-03-22. 
  14. ^ "Adam Carriker Stats". ESPN. ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved 6 January 2015. 
  15. ^ "4th & Pain: About The Show". April 2012. 
  16. ^ "4th & Pain: WWE Superstar Heath Slater Interview, Vince McMahon Is Back And Redskins News". June 16, 2012. 

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