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|Date of birth:October 13, 1977|
|Place of birth: Decatur, Georgia|
|NFL Draft: 2001 / Round: 2 / Pick: 53|
|Debuted in 2001 for the Dallas Cowboys|
|Last played in 2008 for the Kansas City Brigade|
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
|Stats at ArenaFan.com|
Lavonya Quintelle "Quincy" Carter (born October 13, 1977) is a retired American football quarterback. He was drafted in the second round of the 2001 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys. He played college football at the University of Georgia. Carter has also been a member of the New York Jets, Montreal Alouettes, Bossier-Shreveport Battle Wings, Kansas City Brigade and the Abilene Ruff Riders.
Carter originally signed a football letter of intent with Georgia Tech in 1996, but opted instead to play minor league baseball after being drafted by the Chicago Cubs as an outfielder 52nd overall in the 1996 MLB Draft.
With the Gulf Coast Cubs of the rookie league in 1997, Carter played in 55 games and hit .215 The following year, he was promoted to the Rockford Cubbies of Single-A and hit .211 in 105 games. He appeared in 28 games for Rockford in 1998, hitting .248 in 27 games. His final year in 1999, he went 0-for-3 in one game for the Daytona Cubs of Advanced A ball.
Struggling with his baseball career, Carter went to the University of Georgia in 1998, where he won the job of starting quarterback in a highly contested battle (over future Oklahoma starter, Nate Hybl, among others) and after a good freshman season was recognized as one of the top young quarterbacks in the nation. He had a decent sophomore season but was mediocre as a junior due to injuries and inconsistency. Carter was 23-8 as a starting quarterback for the Georgia Bulldogs and declared for the NFL Draft after his junior season.
He was a dual threat quarterback as he demonstrated in Georgia's 28-26 win over the Kentucky Wildcats on October 24, 1998. The 6-3, 225-pound freshman ran 14 times for 114 yards and completed 10-of-14 passes for 147 yards and two touchdown passes in the contest. Carter also had a 49-yard touchdown run in the game.
In the 2001 NFL Draft, the Dallas Cowboys didn't have a first-round pick because of the trade that sent two first round choices to the Seattle Seahawks in exchange for Joey Galloway. Looking for a replacement to the retired Troy Aikman, Carter was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the second round (53rd overall). At the time, it was a selection that was criticized by the media as a reach and because it was reported that owner/general manager Jerry Jones influenced the organization into making it.
After having a very good pre-season he was named the team's starting quarterback, becoming the first quarterback rookie selected in the second round, to start a week 1 game in NFL history. He was also part of a succession of short-tenured quarterbacks following the retirement of Troy Aikman. However, after suffering two separate injuries, he ended up starting only eight games, both Anthony Wright and former San Diego Chargers second-overall pick Ryan Leaf started three, while former Arkansas Razorback Clint Stoerner started two.
The highlight of his rookie season was a 27-21 win against the San Francisco 49ers (finished 12-4) in Week 16. Carter showed promise with 241 yards passing and two touchdowns, to become just the second Cowboys rookie to win NFC Offensive Player of the Week honors. He also had an important 20-13 victory over the New York Giants in which Carter threw for nearly 200 yards, scrambled for a first down late in the game, and threw the game-winning touchdown pass to wide receiver Antonio Bryant.
The next year the Cowboys would sign another young quarterback and former baseball player, Chad Hutchinson, to compete with Carter. He eventually lost the starting job during to Hutchinson after a loss to the Arizona Cardinals in which he engaged in a heated sideline "discussion" with Jerry Jones. The highlight of the 2002 season was Carter leading Dallas to a dramatic come from behind win for the second time in three weeks (the other one was against the St. Louis Rams), on his 25th birthday he turned a 13-0 deficit to the Carolina Panthers, into a 14-13 victory by throwing an 80-yard touchdown pass to Joey Galloway with 3:55 left, then a 24-yarder to Antonio Bryant with 56 seconds to go. This would end up being Carter's greatest moment with the Cowboys.
In his third season, under newly hired head coach Bill Parcells, Carter retook the starting role, bringing stability to the quarterback position. He led the Cowboys to a 10-6 record and a playoff appearance. That year he had his signature moment against the Carolina Panthers (one of the top teams in the NFL at the time), on a 4th and 14 last minute game winning touchdown pass to Antonio Bryant.
During the offseason, coming off a successful season, Carter was abruptly released on August 4, 2004 under unclear circumstances. The group of quarterbacks for the Cowboys that offseason had expanded with the trade for yet another former baseball player, Drew Henson, and the acquisition of Vinny Testaverde off waivers. Before Carter's release, it had been projected that he had a slight edge over Testaverde for the starting role and that former third-string quarterback, Tony Romo, would be released. Later, league sources revealed that Carter had been released after failing a drug test. He'd already flunked two previous tests and would have had to sit out the first four games of the season.
In his Cowboys career, he started 31 games, registering 507 completions in 902 attempts for 5,839 yards with 29 touchdowns, 36 interceptions and a 72.3 passer rating.
Following his release, Cowboys coach Bill Parcells shed some light into Carter's situation at Dallas: "I became pretty close with Quincy personally, and this kid had a lot of good qualities," Parcells said. "He was smart. He understood it. But I just couldn’t save his ass. I really couldn’t. "You just didn’t have the time. There he is, he got his team in the playoffs, he’s the starting quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys, he’s playing good, he’s improving, he can get out of trouble, he’s pretty smart, he can make almost every throw -- and it’s just, some people just can’t fight the pressure to succeed. They just can’t fight it. It’s too much on them once the bar gets up a little bit. It’s too much. I don’t know all the problems or the demons exactly, but that’s what eventually took him down."
New York Jets
After being released by the Cowboys, Carter was signed a one-year contract with the New York Jets where he served as a veteran backup to Chad Pennington. He ended up starting three games (winning two) after Pennington injured his rotator cuff, and if not for his performance, the team would not have made the playoffs. He finished the season with some of the best statistics of his career: 35 completions in 58 passes for 498 yards, 3 touchdown, 1 interception and a 98.2 passer rating.
The Jets declared him inactive for the Jets' divisional playoff game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on January 15, announcing that he had left the team to attend to his sick mother, when in reality he suffered a drug relapse and enrolled into a rehabilitation program to receive treatment for drug addictions and a bipolar disorder. The Jets eventually released him during the 2005 offseason.
Montreal Alouettes (CFL)
On April 4, 2006, Carter was signed by the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League to a one-year contract with an option for 2007 only to be released by the team the following month. On the subject of being released, Carter remarked, "This is a joke... an insult." One CFL club official told the Montreal Gazette that Carter has "a serious marijuana problem."
Bossier-Shreveport Battle Wings (AF2)
In February 2007, Carter signed with the Bossier-Shreveport Battle Wings, of af2. Through the first three games of the 2007 season, he was the third rated passer, with a rating of 124.3, throwing 18 touchdown passes, but he was suspended indefinitely from the team in late May for missing team meetings. Battle Wings coach Jon Norris named Carter the starting quarterback for their June 16 game against the Corpus Christi Sharks. He passed for a franchise-record eight touchdowns in the Battle Wings' 81-35 win.
Carter was arrested on possession charges by Shreveport police on October 12, 2007. Because the incident marked the second time he was arrested for the same crime, the charge was a felony. He was released on his 30th birthday, on a bond of $5,224, according to an official in the records department at the Caddo Correctional Facility.
Kansas City Brigade (AFL)
On June 2, Carter signed with the Arena Football League's Kansas City Brigade. The Brigade, who had one victory at the time of the signing, were hoping Carter's strong arm could resurrect their season. Herman Edwards, the former Kansas City Chiefs head coach who coached Carter while with the Jets, commented on Carter's personality calling him of "good character." Carter wore #3 with Kansas City. Carter started the last three games of the season for Kansas City and was signed to a two-year contract extension.
Abilene Ruff Riders (IFL)
Carter signed a one-year contract with the Abilene Ruff Riders of the Indoor Football League in March 2009. On May 10, 2009, he was arrested by Abilene police for an outstanding warrant, related to a DWI arrest in south Texas and subsequent probation violation. Carter was arrested again on June 18, 2009, for failing to pay his bondsman after his May 10 arrest. Returning from injury, Carter no-showed for the July 4 game and was subsequently cut from the team.
On December 15, 2006 Carter was arrested in Irving, Texas on possession of marijuana charges. He was released in lieu of a $500 bond paid by Dallas-Fort Worth area sports talk-show host and journalist, Randy Galloway.
Carter became an independent youth football coach in Georgia specializing in training for the quarterback position. Yet, his personal problems have persisted to this day, most recently on July 2013, when he was arrested again and charged with family violence simple battery after authorities said he allegedly threw a child safety seat at his girlfriend. The charge was a misdemeanor.
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