Patrick Carter (American football)
Carter with the Dolphins in 2011
|Date of birth:||February 6, 1985|
|Place of birth:||St. Petersburg, Florida|
|Height:||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Weight:||215 lb (98 kg)|
|* Offseason and/or practice squad member only|
|Career NFL statistics|
The early years
Patrick, like his older brother Tim, had a stellar high school career, and was selected as an Academic All-American. Patrick had many notable achievements in football, track & field, and basketball. Patrick graduated from Lakewood High School (Florida) in 2003, a school known for tremendously talented alumni. He was elected to 2003 East/West All Star game, but declined so another player/friend could get exposure. Patrick graduated from high school with 25 college athletic scholarship offers.
In addition to athletics, Patrick was very involved in his community. He was a member of Young Life. It was through Young Life and personal friendships Patrick sought to teach others about being both a Christian and an outstanding athlete.
As a senior, Patrick won state in track & field in the 4 × 100 metres relay, setting a high school record.
As a junior, he was on the State Champion Lakewood High School team, with a record of 33-2. As a senior, Patrick won the 6th man Award, and broke the state record for blocked shots.
Patrick set seven Lakewood High School records as quarterback, including number of completions, total yards in a season, highest completion percentage, total touchdowns, total yards in a game, highest average yards per game, and tied the quarterback sneak record for longest rush (99 yards). As a senior, he was ranked 12th in the nation as a dual-threat quarterback.
Patrick decided to attend Georgia Tech, primarily to be closer to his older brother. During his college career, Patrick played four out of five years as quarterback. In 2004, he played backup quarterback to Reggie Ball. During that same year, he also qualified for the indoor 60 metres in track & field. He also went to the ACC Indoor Championship.
In 2005, Carter transferred to Louisville, which meant he had to sit out of athletics for the year. Instead of playing, he logged over 1,000+ hours with Habitat for Humanity and made many visits to children's hospitals.
In 2006, Carter resumed playing as a wide receiver, and started along with Harry Douglas, Gary Barnidge, Michael Bush, and Brian Brohm. During this season, Carter averaged 5.9 yards per punt return, caught 5 passes for 68 yards, and 17 punt returns for 117 yards. He was listed as the fastest player on the team. When Brohm became injured, Carter was moved to quarterback. In the Orange Bowl that year, he threw the first touchdown pass (1st in Louisville BCS history) to running back Anthony Allen.
While at Louisville, Carter also set track & field records for 55 metres, 60 metres, and 200 metres dashes. During his senior year, he helped lead his team to win the Big East Track & Field Outdoor Championship.
In 2007, Carter entered the NFL Draft, and was signed as a Baltimore Ravens free agent. In 2008, Carter signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and played on the practice squad for the season. In 2009, Carter signed with the Seattle Seahawks, and later traded to the Miami Dolphins.