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Preston Carpenter
Date of birth January 24, 1934 (1934-01-24) (age 75)
Place of birth Hayti, Missouri
Position(s) Tight end
Wide receiver
Kick returner
College Arkansas
NFL Draft 1956 / Round 1 / Pick 13
Jersey Number 40, 89, 36
Career highlights
NFL Pro Bowl 1962
NFL Cleveland Browns
NFL Pittsburgh Steelers
NFL Washington Redskins
NFL Minnesota Vikings
AFL Miami Dolphins

Verba Preston Carpenter (born January 24, 1934 in Hayti, Missouri) is a former professional American football player who played wide receiver, tight end, running back and special teams for twelve seasons for five different teams in the National Football League and the American Football League. He played college football at the University of Arkansas.

A first-round draft choice in 1956, Carpenter was selected by the reigning NFL champion Cleveland Browns, who picked thirteenth. The Browns used him primarily as a halfback in his rookie year, when he gained 756 yards on 188 carries while averaging 25.4 yds/touch on 15 kickoff returns. In 1957-1959, he was used mainly as a receiver, where in four years, he accrued 1,366 yards and five touchdowns. With the Pittsburgh Steelers, in his first year, he also averaged over 25 yards/touch on kickoff returns, and from 1960 through 1963 with Pittsburgh, he picked up another 1,680 yards and 11 touchdowns on receptions, making the NFL Pro Bowl in 1962.

From 1964 through 1966 with the Washington Redskins and Minnesota Vikings, Carpenter gained another 1,281 yards and seven touchdowns receiving. He completed his pro football career with the American Football League's Miami Dolphins in 1967. His career record includes a combined 6,253 receiving, rushing, and return yards, with a 25.9 yards/touch career average on kickoff returns, and a total of 24 touchdowns: 23 rushing and one receiving.

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