John Carlson (American football)

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John Carlson
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Carlson in the 2014 NFL season
No. 89
Position: Tight end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1984-05-12) May 12, 1984 (age 32)
Place of birth: St. Cloud, Minnesota
Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight: 251 lb (114 kg)
Career information
College: Notre Dame
NFL Draft: 2008 / Round: 2 / Pick: 38
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Receptions: 210
Receiving Yards: 2,256
Touchdowns: 15
Player stats at

John David Carlson, Jr. (born May 12, 1984) is a former American football tight end. He was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He has also played for the Minnesota Vikings and the Arizona Cardinals. He played college football at Notre Dame.

Early years[edit]

He was born in St. Cloud, Minnesota, however his family moved to Litchfield right after his birth. Carlson graduated from Litchfield High School. As a football player, he was all-state Minnesota in his Senior year. He played in the 2003 U.S. Army All-American Bowl alongside fellow Notre Dame Fighting Irish players Brady Quinn, Ryan Harris, and Tom Zbikowski. As a basketball player, Carlson was voted to the preseason McDonald's All-American list. He led the Litchfield Dragons to three state basketball titles during his freshman, junior and senior years. Carlson was also an all-state tennis player. His father, John Sr., is the basketball and tennis coach for the Litchfield Dragons.

College career[edit]

Carlson played college football at Notre Dame, where he was a two-year starter at tight end. He was named captain in his junior and senior seasons. He recorded 100 receptions, 1,093 receiving yards and 8 total touchdowns in his career. He also lived in St. Edward's Hall, the oldest residence hall on campus. His roommate was John Sullivan, current center for the Washington Redskins

Professional career[edit]

John Carlson signing a football in 2013.

Seattle Seahawks[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 5 in 256 lb 4.72 s 1.67 s 2.74 s 4.28 s 7.12 s 35.5 in 9 ft 5 in 20 reps
All values from NFL combine[1]

Carlson was drafted by the Seahawks in the second round (38th overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft. On July 26, he signed a $4.52 million contract which included $2.5 million guaranteed.

He scored his first NFL touchdown on a pass from Charlie Frye in week 6 of the 2008 NFL season in a 17-27 loss to Green Bay. In a season marred by injuries for the Seahawks, particularly at wide receiver, Carlson proved to be a reliable target throughout the season, and led the team in receptions (55) and receiving yards (627) for the 2008 season, a feat not accomplished in franchise history by a rookie since Hall of Fame WR Steve Largent.

Carlson had a notable performance in the Seahawks' 2010 playoffs, catching two touchdown passes in a win over the defending Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints. In the following week's divisional matchup (a loss) against the Chicago Bears, he received a concussion after jumping and being hit in the air and landing on his helmet after receiving a pass near the sideline in snowy Soldier Field. [2][3]

Minnesota Vikings[edit]

On March 14, 2012, Carlson signed a five-year, $25 million contract with the Minnesota Vikings.[4]
In 2013, his contract was restructured, with his base salary reduced from $2.9M to $1.5M, and his workout bonus reduced to $50,000.[5]

Arizona Cardinals[edit]

On March 7, 2014, Carlson signed a two-year, $4.65 million contract with the Arizona Cardinals. On May 5, 2015, Carlson announced his retirement from the NFL.[6]

Career statistics[edit]

Year Team G GS Rec Yds Avg Lng TD
2008 SEA 16 9 55 627 11.4 33 5
2009 SEA 16 16 51 574 11.3 42 7
2010 SEA 15 13 31 318 10.3 37 1
2011 SEA DNP - Injured
2012 MIN 14 6 8 43 5.4 14 0
2013 MIN 13 8 32 344 10.8 30 1
2014 ARI - - - - - - -
Career 74 52 147 1,906 10.8 42 14


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