Brandon Carr was picked up by the Kansas City Chiefs in the fifth round of the 2008 NFL Draft. The defensive back played for the team for four years before dawning The Star in 2012. While his performance has taken heat in recent years, Carr has remained the epitome of consistency throughout his time with the ‘Boys, and beyond, starting every single game of his NFL career (128 total). And his dependability goes beyond his work on the gridiron. Off the field, Carr has used his career to influence youth across the nation to become more responsible and motivated young adults with his Carr Cares Foundation, which has earned him the team’s nomination for the Walter Payton Man of the Year award two years running. But let’s throw it back to before Carr was a rock on the defense and in the community, and take a look at his start at a Division II school in Michigan. Check out some quick facts from Carr’s time as a Laker in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC).
High School: Carman-Ainsworth High, Flint, MI
College: Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI
As a senior at Carman-Ainsworth, Carr saw action on both sides of the ball, notching 24 passes for 431 yards and four touchdowns as a receiver. But the majority of his work came on defense, where the defensive back earned first-team All-Big Nine Conference honors. Following his senior year, Carr enrolled at Grand Valley State, but a hamstring injury kept him from seeing much action his freshman season. He returned to the field as a starter his sophomore year and played in every remaining game of his career as a GVSU Laker.
- Started 42 of 49 games played at Grand Valley State
- Career: 206 tackles; 11 interceptions with 1 touchdown return; 2 fumble recoveries with 1 touchdown return; 39 passes defended
- Part of a GVSU squad that held a 50-4 record with two NCAA Division II Titles
- 6th in NCAA Division II history in passes defended
- Tied for 5th in GVSU history in career interceptions
- Tied for 3rd in GVSU history with 6 single-season interceptions (2006)
- All-GLIAC Defensive Back of the Year (2007)
- First-Team All-America by NFL Draft Report (2007)
- Second-Team All-America by Associated Press (2007)
- First-Team All-GLIAC (2006, 2007)
- GLIAC Player of the Week (vs. St. Joseph’s – 2007)