David Carter (defensive lineman)

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David Carter
David Carter at a vegan festival in Oakland
David Carter at a vegan festival in Oakland
No. -- Free agent
Position: Defensive end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1987-12-10) December 10, 1987 (age 29)
Place of birth: Los Angeles, California
Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight: 300 lb (136 kg)
Career information
High school: Fontana (CA) Kaiser
College: UCLA
NFL Draft: 2011 / Round: 6 / Pick: 184
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career NFL statistics
Tackles: 29
Sacks: 1.0
Forced fumbles: 1
Player stats at NFL.com

David Carter (born December 10, 1987) is an American football defensive end and vegan activist. He is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the sixth round of the 2011 NFL Draft. He played college football at UCLA.

High school[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[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.

NFL[edit]

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

Carter signed with the Dallas Cowboys in 2013, appearing in three games for the Cowboys.[2]

Carter was signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars on August 2, 2014. The Jaguars released Carter on August 24, 2014.[3]

The Chicago Bears signed Carter to a one-year contract on July 28, 2015.[4] On September 5, 2015, he was released by the Bears.[5]

Advocacy[edit]

David Carter is a vegan and an animal rights activist.[6] He became vegan in 2014 after watching the documentary Forks Over Knives.[7] He advocates for veganism and animal rights at speaking engagements and on his website.[8][7] He and his wife Paige Carter are on the staff of Vegan Outreach.[9]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "David Carter Biography - UCLA Bruins Official Athletic Site". UCLABruins.com. Retrieved 2015-08-12. 
  2. ^ "David Carter, DT for the Chicago Bears at". Nfl.com. Retrieved 2015-08-12. 
  3. ^ John Oehser (2014-08-24). "CB Mike Harris among 11 players released". Jaguars.com. Retrieved 2015-08-12. 
  4. ^ "Chicago Bears sign DL David Carter, WR AJ Cruz - Chicago Bears Blog - ESPN". Espn.go.com. 2015-07-28. Retrieved 2015-08-12. 
  5. ^ 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. 
  6. ^ Patrick Finley, 'Bears' David Carter: 300 lbs of veganism," Chicago Sun Times, August 4, 2015.
  7. ^ a b Wenzlaff, Rachel (September 28, 2016). "NFL veganism? David Carter, Griff Whalen have broken the mold". NFL.com. Retrieved September 28, 2016. 
  8. ^ Aronson, Arielle (March 15, 2016). "Former NFL player believes a vegan diet could help prolong athletes' lives". Fox Sports. Retrieved September 25, 2016. 
  9. ^ Norris, Jack (February 24, 2016). "Vegan Outreach Is Expanding!". Vegan Outreach. Retrieved September 28, 2016. 

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