Brandon Carr doesn’t have a showcase full of trophies or even a Pro Bowl appearance to his credit. What the veteran cornerback does have is a record of consistency and a solid contract with the Baltimore Ravens, who host the Houston Texans on ESPN’s Monday Night Football on November 27.
Carr is like many players in the NFL whose name you don’t hear called by an announcer unless he’s beat on a deep route by a receiver, gets a pass interference penalty or makes an interception. Yet he plays one of the most important positions in football and has never missed a start in what is now his tenth NFL season.
Drafted out of a Division II Grand Valley State, Carr helped his college team win two National Championships at that level, and his play caught the attention of NFL scouts. A late round pick by the Kansas City Chiefs in 2008, Carr was immediately inserted as a starter and spent four seasons in KC.
In 2012 Jerry Jones and the Dallas Cowboys opened up their wallet for Carr, to enhance their depleted defensive backfield. Despite his consistency, Carr had his critics in Dallas, where he was expected to be the next Deion Sanders, and after five seasons they let him go via free agency. The Cowboys’ loss has been the Ravens’ gain, as Carr is part of a traditionally solid defense in Baltimore and could surpass his career high interception total of four before season’s end.
Brandon Carey Carr
Born: May 19, 1986
Birthplace: Flint, Michigan
Height/Weight: 6 foot / 210 pounds
Teams: Baltimore Ravens, 2017; Dallas Cowboys, 2012-2016; Kansas City Chiefs, 2008-2011
College: Grand Valley State
Drafted: 2008, Round 5, Pick 140
Honors and Achievements: Division II All-American, 2006-2007; Division II National Champion, 2005, 2006