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David Carr
No. 5     San Francisco 49ers
Quarterback
Personal information
Date of birth: July 21, 1979 (1979-07-21) (age 30)
Place of birth: Bakersfield, California
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) Weight: 216 lb (98 kg)
Career information
College: Fresno State
NFL Draft: 2002 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1
Debuted in 2002 for the Houston Texans
Career history
 As player:
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2009
TDINT     65-70
Passing yards     14,366
QB Rating     75.2
Stats at NFL.com

David Carr (born July 21, 1979, in Bakersfield, California) is an American football quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Houston Texans first overall in the 2002 NFL Draft. He played college football at Fresno State.

Carr has also played for the Carolina Panthers and New York Giants.

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Early years

Carr attended Stockdale High School in Bakersfield.

College career

Carr began as the starting quarterback at Fresno State during the 2000 and 2001 seasons after redshirting in 1999. While he was quarterback, the Bulldogs went 7-5 and 11-3. In his senior season the team beat Colorado, Oregon State, and Wisconsin, all members of BCS conferences. There was speculation about whether the Bulldogs would qualify for a BCS bid, something then unprecedented for a 'Mid Major' conference team. They climbed to as high as number 8 in the polls, and Carr was on the cover of Sports Illustrated. During his collegiate career Carr completed 587 of 934 passes for 7,849 yards. He threw 70 touchdowns versus 23 interceptions. Carr collected the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award during his senior year.

On September 1, 2007, the Fresno State Bulldogs retired jersey #8 in honor of Carr.

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Statistics

Year Comp Att Comp % Passing TD INT Carries Rushing TD
1997 5 11 45.5 53 0 1 5 -21 0
1998 22 41 53.7 228 1 1 13 -31 0
2000 216 349 61.9 2729 23 12 74 83 4
2001 343 532 64.5 4830 46 9 93 74 5

Professional career

Houston Texans

With the first overall pick of 2002 NFL Draft, the expansion Houston Texans selected Carr. He would go on to start all but 4 games for the team in its first five years. Carr's professional career began on a productive note. The Texans played their first regular season game on September 8, 2002, defeating the Dallas Cowboys, 19-10 at Houston's Reliant Stadium. Houston became just the second expansion team to win their first game. The Texans won four games that season. Carr became the most sacked quarterback in a single season of the NFL, being sacked 76 times.

In 2005, the Texans won only one of their first ten games, finishing the season with a 2-14 record. Plagued by injuries and an ineffective offensive line that limited both the running and passing games, Carr still managed to throw for over 2,500 yards while being sacked 68 times. The Texans saw promise for improvement and exercised an option in Carr's contract, signing him for another three seasons.

The Texans finished the 2006 season at 6-10. For the season, Carr posted a completion percentage of 68.9% (a career high) and tied the single game NFL record of 22 consecutive pass completions (vs. the Buffalo Bills).

Having experienced five years without a winning season, Texans General Manager Rick Smith and second-year Head Coach Gary Kubiak decided to revamp the team after the 2006 season. Of note was the signing of Atlanta Falcons backup quarterback Matt Schaub for two second-round draft picks, and the release of a number of longtime Texans players, including Carr.

Carolina Panthers

Carr agreed to terms with the Carolina Panthers on April 6, 2007. Following an injury to starting quarterback Jake Delhomme, Carr was named the starter. Carr suffered a back injury during the fifth game of the season (a victory vs. the New Orleans Saints) on a sack by Will Smith, and saw limited action during the remainder of the 2007 season, being replaced by Vinny Testaverde and Matt Moore. He was released on February 27, 2008.[1]

New York Giants

On March 12, 2008, Carr signed a one-year contract with the New York Giants, reuniting with former Houston offensive coordinator Chris Palmer. Subsequently, the Giants released former backup quarterback Jared Lorenzen. Carr backed up Eli Manning in the 2008 season.

In the 2009 offseason, Carr was re-signed to a one-year, $2 million contract on February 9, 2009.[2]

San Francisco 49ers

On March 7, 2010, Carr agreed to terms with the San Francisco 49ers.[3]

Statistics

Year Team G GS Passing Rushing Sacked Fumbles
Att Comp Pct Yds Y/A TD Int Rtg Att Yds Avg TD Sack YdsL Fum FumL
2002 HOU 16 16 444 233 52.5 2424 5.8 9 15 62.8 59 282 4.8 3 76 411 21 7
2003 HOU 12 11 295 167 56.6 2013 6.8 9 13 69.5 27 151 5.6 2 15 90 4 0
2004 HOU 16 16 466 285 61.2 3531 7.6 16 14 83.5 73 299 4.1 0 49 301 10 2
2005 HOU 16 16 423 256 60.5 2488 5.9 14 11 77.2 56 308 5.5 1 68 424 17 6
2006 HOU 16 16 442 302 68.3 2767 6.3 11 12 82.1 53 195 3.7 2 41 240 16 7
2007 CAR 6 4 136 73 53.7 635 4.7 3 5 58.3 17 59 3.5 0 13 74 1 0
2008 NYG 3 0 12 9 75.0 115 9.6 2 0 144.1 8 10 1.3 0 1 2 0 0
2009 NYG 4 0 24 15 62.5 172 7.2 1 0 97.9 7 29 4.1 1 2 11 1 0
Total 89 79 2242 1340 59.8 14313 6.4 65 70 75.1 300 1333 4.4 9 265 1553 70 22

Personal

His brother Derek Carr is a freshman quarterback at Fresno State University. His father is former Green Bay Packers pro bowl outside linebacker Fred Carr.

References

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Michael Vick
1st Overall Pick in NFL Draft
2002
Succeeded by
Carson Palmer
Sporting positions
Preceded by
First Starting QB
Houston Texans Starting Quarterbacks
2002-2006
Succeeded by
Matt Schaub
Preceded by
Jake Delhomme
Carolina Panthers Starting Quarterbacks
2007
Succeeded by
Vinny Testaverde

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