David Carter (defensive lineman)

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David Carter
David Carter at a vegan festival in Oakland
Carter at a vegan festival in Oakland, 2016
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Position:Defensive end
Personal information
Born: (1987-12-10) December 10, 1987 (age 36)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:297 lb (135 kg)
Career information
High school:Henry J. Kaiser
(Fontana, California)
College:UCLA (2006–2010)
NFL draft:2011 / Round: 6 / Pick: 184
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career NFL statistics
Total tackles:30
Forced fumbles:1
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

David H. Carter Jr. (born December 10, 1987) is a former American football defensive end in the National Football League (NFL) for the Arizona Cardinals and Dallas Cowboys. He was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the sixth round of the 2011 NFL Draft. He played college football at UCLA.

Early years[edit]

Carter attended Henry J. Kaiser High School in Fontana, California. In his senior season, he registered 69 tackles, 7 sacks and 9 pass deflections in 13 games. He was later named for the first-team All-San Bernardino County by the Riverside Press-Enterprise. He was also an All-League selection as a defensive end, and as team captain, lead them to a 10-3 record as a senior. Carter also lettered in Track And Field and was a member of the schools debate team.[1]

College career[edit]

Carter played just three games over his first two years at UCLA, before appearing in all 12 games in the 2008 season. Carter was a co-defensive winner of UCLA's Captain Don Brown Memorial Award for Most Improved Player in 2009 for the Bruins. In his senior season, he recorded 41 Total Tackles while collecting 3.5 sacks for the Bruins which propelled him to win the UCLA Kenneth S. Washington Award for Outstanding Senior.

Professional career[edit]

Carter was selected by the Arizona Cardinals in the sixth round of the 2011 NFL Draft.[2] He spent two seasons with the Cardinals, starting just four games and totaling one sack and 17 total tackles.

On September 16, 2013, Carter signed with the Dallas Cowboys, to provide depth because of multiple injuries on the defensive line.[3] He was declared inactive in the third game of the season and played in the next three games. He was released on October 14.[4]

Carter was signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars on August 2, 2014. The Jaguars released Carter on August 24, 2014.[5]

The Chicago Bears signed Carter to a one-year contract on July 28, 2015.[6] On September 5, 2015, he was released by the Bears.[7]

He finished his professional career with 35 games (4 starts), 30 tackles (4 for loss), one sack, one forced fumble and three pass breakups.


Carter is a vegan activist. He became vegan in 2014[8] after watching the documentary Forks Over Knives.[9] He advocates for veganism – mainly from a health point of view, but also for animal rights – at speaking engagements and on his website.[10][9] He and his wife Paige Carter are on the staff of Vegan Outreach.[11][12]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "David Carter Biography - UCLA Bruins Official Athletic Site". UCLABruins.com. Retrieved August 12, 2015.
  2. ^ "2011 NFL Draft Listing". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved February 26, 2019.
  3. ^ "New DL Signed; Cohen & Practice Squad WR Released". DallasCowboys.com. Retrieved August 12, 2015.
  4. ^ "Cowboys Waive Two, Sign DE Wynn; One Roster Spot Open". DallasCowboys.com. Retrieved August 12, 2015.
  5. ^ John Oehser (August 24, 2014). "CB Mike Harris among 11 players released". Jaguars.com. Archived from the original on August 26, 2014. Retrieved August 12, 2015.
  6. ^ "Chicago Bears sign DL David Carter, WR AJ Cruz - Chicago Bears Blog - ESPN". Espn.go.com. July 28, 2015. Retrieved August 12, 2015.
  7. ^ Mayer, Larry (September 5, 2015). "Bears make cuts to reduce roster to 53". ChicagoBears.com. Archived from the original on September 7, 2015. Retrieved September 19, 2015.
  8. ^ Finley, Patrick (August 4, 2015). "Bears' David Carter: 300 lbs of veganism". Chicago Sun Times. Retrieved March 18, 2018.
  9. ^ a b Wenzlaff, Rachel (September 28, 2016). "NFL veganism? David Carter, Griff Whalen have broken the mold". NFL.com. Retrieved September 28, 2016.
  10. ^ Aronson, Arielle (March 15, 2016). "Former NFL player believes a vegan diet could help prolong athletes' lives". Fox Sports.
  11. ^ Norris, Jack (February 24, 2016). "Vegan Outreach Is Expanding!". Vegan Outreach. Archived from the original on March 11, 2017. Retrieved September 28, 2016.
  12. ^ Charalambides, Eva (March 15, 2016). "Former NFL player David Carter goes from pigskin to vegan outreach". Ecorazzi. Archived from the original on March 2, 2019. Retrieved March 1, 2019.

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