Leonardo Carson

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Leonardo Carson
No. 96, 91
Position: Defensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1977-02-11) February 11, 1977 (age 40)
Place of birth: Mobile, Alabama
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight: 305 lb (138 kg)
Career information
High school: Shaw (AL)
College: Auburn
NFL Draft: 2000 / Round: 4 / Pick: 113
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Tackles: 127
Quarterback sacks: 8.5
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Leonardo Tremayne Carson (born February 11, 1977 in Mobile, Alabama) is a former American football defensive tackle in the National Football League for the San Diego Chargers and Dallas Cowboys. He played college football at Auburn University.

Early years[edit]

Carson attended Shaw High School in Mobile, Alabama. He played five different positions (linebacker, tight end, fullback, wide receiver and quarterback) and was the starting quarterback in his last 2 years.[1]

He accepted a football scholarship from Auburn University with the intention of playing tight end. In July 1996, he was sentenced to 60 days in jail, for his role in the break-in of a car in March, but was able to be placed on probation and serve only 6 days.[2]

He was converted into a defensive tackle as a freshman, before being moved to defensive end when Shannon Shuttle was lost for the year.[3] He started the last 4 games of the season as a true freshman, while registering 32 tackles and 4.5 sacks.[4] The next year, he started 13 games and tallied 59 tackles.[5] As a junior, he posted 90 tackles (8 for loss) and 8.5 sacks. His stats were impacted in his last season when he was moved to defensive tackle, finishing with 43 tackles and 2 sacks.[6]

Professional career[edit]

San Diego Chargers[edit]

Carson was selected by the San Diego Chargers in the fourth round (113th overall) of the 2000 NFL Draft. In his second season, he started 13 games at defensive tackle, after replacing Jamal Williams who tore the ACL in his left knee.

In 2002, he began the season as a backup, but started the last 6 games after Williams suffered a season-ending ankle injury, posting 31 tackles, 3.5 sacks and 3 passes defensed.[7]

On August 21, 2003, he was arrested for breaking into an apartment and was later sued on September 30.[8] He was waived on October 15.[9]

Dallas Cowboys[edit]

On October 19, 2003, he was signed as a free agent by the Dallas Cowboys.[10]

Although large and physically talented, his productivity as a player was often average, and head coach Bill Parcells, who initially lauded his arrival to the team, stated in several press conferences that he'd lost confidence in Carson.

Carson was re-signed for the 2004 season, although he served 8 days in jail in June and was suspended for the opening game by the NFL for his previous legal problems and the violation of the player conduct policy.[11] He started 15 games, registering 55 tackles and a half sack.[12]

He signed a one-year contract with the Cowboys for the 2005 season, but was released on September 1, after being passed on the depth chart by rookie Jay Ratliff.[13]

Personal life[edit]

Beginning June 14, 2004, Carson began serving a 30-day sentence at the Mobile County Metro Jail on two misdemeanor counts of kidnapping and burglary relating to an August 2003 incident where he broke into the home of his ex-girlfriend's sister, Tasha Locke. He forced her to leave with him, but later that evening, Carson's car broke down, and Locke escaped.

In June 2010, Carson was sentenced to ten years in prison for selling drugs, while living in Mobile, Alabama.[14]


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  2. ^ "Status Of Tiger Signee In Doubt". Retrieved February 19, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Bowden tries to turn attention to Indians". Retrieved February 19, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Familiar Faces Return For Auburn". Retrieved February 19, 2016. 
  5. ^ "I'm King Of The World". Retrieved February 19, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Draft". Retrieved February 19, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Chargers re-sign Carson, Keathley". Retrieved February 19, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Former Auburn Star Accused Of Kidnapping". Retrieved February 19, 2016. 
  9. ^ "Chargers cut tackle who is facing charges". Retrieved February 19, 2016. 
  10. ^ "Transactions". Retrieved February 19, 2016. 
  11. ^ "Cowboys' Carson Suspended". Retrieved February 19, 2016. 
  12. ^ "Two Cowboys Get New Contracts". Retrieved February 19, 2016. 
  13. ^ "Cowboys sign Price; F. Mitchell cut; Brees OK". Retrieved February 19, 2016. 
  14. ^ Kirby, Brendan. "Ex-Auburn football star Leonardo Carson sentenced to 10 years and a month for drug dealing". Online article. al.com. Retrieved 2011-10-28.