Carlton Gray

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Carlton Gray
No. 26, 24, 23
Position: Defensive back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1971-06-26) June 26, 1971 (age 44)
Place of birth: Cincinnati, Ohio
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight: 198 lb (90 kg)
Career information
High school: Forest Park High School
Cincinnati, Ohio
College: UCLA
NFL draft: 1993 / Round: 2 / Pick: 30
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2000
Games played: 102
Games started: 62
Tackles: 259
Quarterback sacks: 2.0
Interceptions: 12
Stats at NFL.com
Stats at pro-football-reference.com

Carlton Patrick Gray (born June 26, 1971) is a former American college and professional football player who was a defensive back in the National Football League (NFL) for eight seasons. He played college football for the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and was recognized as an All-American. He was drafted in the second round of the 1993 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks, and also played professionally for the Indianapolis Colts, New York Giants and Kansas City Chiefs of the NFL.

Early years[edit]

Gray was born in Cincinnati, Ohio.[1] He went to Forest Park High School in Cincinnati,[2] and was a prep standout in football, basketball, and track. He was awarded the Dial Award for the national high school scholar-athlete of the year in 1988. His grandfather, Benjamin Hooks, retired as the executive director of the NAACP.[3]

College career[edit]

Gray attended UCLA, where he was a four-year starter for the UCLA Bruins football team from 1989 to 1992. He earned consensus first-team All-American honors as a senior, as well as first-team All-Pac-10 accolades. He finished second all-time in UCLA history with 16 interceptions. In 1989, he became the first freshman in a decade to start at least eight games for UCLA. In 1991, Gray finished second in the nation with 10 interceptions. After his senior season in 1992, Gray was selected to play in the Hula Bowl and East-West Shrine Game.

Professional career[edit]

Seattle Seahawks[edit]

In the 1993 NFL Draft, Gray was selected by the Seattle Seahawks in the second round with the 30th pick overall,[4] and he played for the Seahawks from 1993 to 1996.[5] On July 22, 1993, he officially signed with the Seahawks. His rookie year he played in ten games, starting two of them. He missed the final six games of the regular season due to an ankle injury. He also recorded a sack in 1993. In 1994, he played in 11 games before breaking his arm against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in week 11 and missed the rest of the season. Both 1995 and 1996, Carlton played in all 16 games. In 1995, Gray had his most productive season as a pro, being second on the Seahawks with four interceptions. He also had a career high 68 solo tackles and 5 assisted tackles. On February 16, 1996, he re-signed with the Seahawks. During his four seasons with the Seahawks, he had a total of nine interceptions, and one sack.[5]

Indianapolis Colts[edit]

On March 3, 1997 Gray signed a 4-year, $9.7 million deal with the Colts as a free agent. During his one season with the Colts, he had 24 tackles and two interceptions.[5] On September 3, 1998, the Colts released Gray because cornerback Tyrone Poole returned from an injury.

New York Giants[edit]

In his one season with the Giants, Gray played in 14 games and recorded 27 tackles, his second career sack, and one interception.[5]

Kansas City Chiefs[edit]

Gray signed with the Chiefs after the departures of Dale Carter and Mark McMillian. The 1999 season, he played in all 16 games, and recorded seven tackles.[5] During a scrimmage at River Falls in 2000, the Chiefs were scrimmaging the New Orleans Saints, and while a Saints player was at the bottom of the pile, Gray sucker punched him. After that, he rarely played, appearing in only four games.

Cincinnati Bengals[edit]

On June 6, 2001, the Bengals signed Carlton Gray to a two-year contract. He never played though, because he got cut in training camp.

NFL stats[edit]

Year Team Games Combined Tackles Tackles Assisted Tackles Sacks Forced Fumbles Fumble Recoveries Fumble Return Yards Interceptions Interception Return Yards Yards per Interception Return Longest Interception REturn Interceptions Returned for Touchdown Passes Defended
1993 SEA 10 23 21 2 1.0 0 0 0 3 33 11 16 0 8
1994 SEA 11 51 45 6 0.0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 11
1995 SEA 16 73 68 5 0.0 0 0 0 4 45 11 26 0 20
1996 SEA 16 53 45 8 0.0 1 1 0 0 3 0 3 0 7
1997 IND 15 24 20 4 0.0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 8
1998 NYG 14 29 26 3 1.0 2 0 0 1 36 36 36 0 8
1999 KC 16 7 7 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Career 98 260 232 28 2.0 3 1 0 12 117 10 36 0 63

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References[edit]

  1. ^ National Football League, Historical Players, Carlton Gray. Retrieved February 23, 2012.
  2. ^ databaseFootball.com, Players, Carlton Gray. Retrieved February 23, 2012.
  3. ^ Bill Pennington, "For Giants' Gray, Growing Up Was a Lesson in History," The New York Times (September 13, 1998). Retrieved February 23, 2012.
  4. ^ Pro Football Hall of Fame, Draft History, 1993 National Football League Draft. Retrieved February 23, 2012.
  5. ^ a b c d e Pro-Football-Reference.com, Players, Carlton Gray. Retrieved February 23, 2012.
  6. ^ "Carlton Gray Stats". ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved 3 June 2014.