Don Carey (cornerback)

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Don Carey
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Carey in 2014.
No. 26 Detroit Lions
Position: Safety
Personal information
Date of birth: (1987-02-14) February 14, 1987 (age 28)
Place of birth: Grand Rapids, Michigan
Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight: 192 lb (87 kg)
Career information
High school: Norfolk (VA) Washington
College: Norfolk State
NFL draft: 2009 / Round: 6 / Pick: 177
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
  • NFL Special Teams Solo Tackle Leader (2015)
  • 2× Second-team All-MEAC (2007, 2008)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2015
Tackles: 168
Pass deflections: 8
Interceptions: 3
Forced Fumbles: 1
Fumble Recoveries: 2
Player stats at

Don Juan Carey III (born February 14, 1987) is an American football safety for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the sixth round of the 2009 NFL Draft. He played college football at Norfolk State.

He has also been a member of the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Early years[edit]

Prior to attending Norfolk State, Carey went to Booker T. Washington High School in Norfolk, Virginia.[1]

Don's younger brother Donte plays Defensive Back for Grand Valley State, a DII School in Allendale, MI

Professional career[edit]

Cleveland Browns[edit]

After starting for four seasons at Norfolk State, Carey was considered a "draftable" cornerback prospect prior to the 2009 NFL Draft. He was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the sixth round of the draft. He was waived/injured by the Browns on August 6, 2009 due to a shoulder injury.

Jacksonville Jaguars[edit]

Carey was claimed off waivers by the Jacksonville Jaguars on August 7, 2009. He was placed on injured reserve on September 1.

Carey was waived by the Jaguars prior to the start of the 2011 season.[2]

Detroit Lions[edit]

The Detroit Lions signed him on October 25, 2011. He was waived/injured on August 20, 2012, and subsequently reverted to the team's injured reserve list on August 22. He was re-signed on November 1, 2012 after CB Bill Bentley was placed on IR.

On January 10, 2014, Carey signed a three-year contract extension with the Lions.[3]

In the year 2015, Don Carey was the NFL's unofficial leader in special teams solo tackles, and finished only one assist away from being tied with most total tackles.


  1. ^ Don Carey combine profile
  2. ^ Jacksonville Jaguars cutdown analysis
  3. ^ Rothstein, Michael (January 10, 2014). "Reports: Lions sign Carey to extension". Retrieved January 9, 2016. 

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