Ki-Jana Carter

Kenneth Leonard "Ki-Jana" Carter (/kiːˈdʒɑːnə/; born September 12, 1973) is a former American football player who was a running back in the National Football League (NFL) for seven seasons. He played college football for Penn State University, and earned All-American honors. He was the No. 1 draft pick in the 1995 NFL Draft, and he played professionally for the Cincinnati Bengals, Washington Redskins and New Orleans Saints, but his career was cut short by an injury to his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL).

Ki-Jana Carter
No. 32, 23
Position:Running Back
Personal information
Born:September 12, 1973 (age 45)
Westerville, Ohio
Height:5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight:226 lb (103 kg)
Career information
High school:Westerville (OH) South
College:Penn State
NFL Draft:1995 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Rushing attempts:319
Rushing yards:1,144
Rushing touchdowns:20
Receiving yards:469
Receiving touchdowns:1
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Early years

Carter was born in Westerville, Ohio.[1] His nickname, "Ki-Jana", is from a character in the movie Shaft in Africa and he has gone by that name since his birth.[2] At Westerville South High School,[3] he starred in football, basketball, and track. In football, he was a 1991 Parade magazine high school All-American.

College career

Carter attended Pennsylvania State University, where he was a standout player for coach Joe Paterno's Penn State Nittany Lions football team from 1992 to 1994, along with a strong group of offensive players including future NFL starters Jeff Hartings, Joe Jurevicius, Kerry Collins, O.J. McDuffie, Bobby Engram and Kyle Brady. Together, this explosive offense propelled the 1994 Penn State team to a 12-0 undefeated season. At Penn State Carter wore the number 32, which had been worn by running back Blair Thomas. Despite playing only three seasons, he is still in the top ten among Penn State running backs, having compiled 2,829 yards rushing on 395 attempts and scoring 34 touchdowns. His best single game came against the Michigan State Spartans in 1994, when he rushed for 227 yards on 27 carries and scored five touchdowns. Carter helped lead the 1994 Penn State football team to an undefeated record and a berth in the Rose Bowl, was recognized as a consensus first-team All-American, and finished second in the Heisman Trophy voting. He earned co-MVP honors in the Rose Bowl, rushing for 156 yards and three touchdowns on 21 carries. He ran for an 83-yard touchdown on the first offensive play of the game, which is the third-longest run in Rose Bowl history and the longest run in Penn State bowl history. Carter also added touchdown runs of 17 and three yards in the third quarter. The Rose Bowl was Carter's final game as a Nittany Lion, as he was encouraged by Paterno to forgo his senior season and enter the NFL Draft. "This is the first time I have told anybody who has not graduated that I felt they ought to leave," Paterno said.[4] The Tournament of Roses Association announced his induction into the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame as a member of the Class of 2014,[5] a ceremony that took place in December 2014.[6]

 Regular Season Rushing Receiving Kickoff Returns
Season Team Att Yds Avg Lg TD Rec Yds Avg Lg TD No Yds Avg Lg TD
1992 Penn State 42 264 6.3 54 4 0 0 -- 0 0 4 76 19.0 0
1993 Penn State 155 1,026 6.6 63 7 6 49 8.2 16 0 3 71 23.7 0
1994 Penn State 198 1,539 7.8 80 23 14 123 8.8 32 0 4 81 20.3 0
Total 3 seasons 395 2,829 7.2 80 34 20 172 8.6 32 0 11 228 20.7 0
 Post Season Rushing Receiving
Bowl Game Opponent Att Yds Avg Lg TD Rec Yds Avg Lg TD
1993 Blockbuster Bowl Stanford 3 7 2.3 0 0 0 -- 0 0
1994 Florida Citrus Bowl Tennessee 19 93 4.9 2 0 0 -- 0 0
1995 Rose Bowl Oregon 21 156 7.8 83t 3 1 2 2.0 2 0
Total 3 Bowl Games 43 256 6.0 83t 5 1 2 2.0 2 0

Professional career

The Cincinnati Bengals selected Carter with the first overall pick of the 1995 NFL Draft,[7] and he played for the Bengals from 1996 to 1999.[1] They acquired the first pick in a trade with the expansion Carolina Panthers.

Carter signed a seven-year, $19.2 million deal which included a $7.125 million signing bonus, which at the time was an NFL record contract for a rookie. There were also incentive clauses such as making an extra $100,000 if he scored 12 touchdowns in a season.[8]

He played for the Washington Redskins in 2001, and the New Orleans Saints from 2003 to 2004.[9] In seven NFL seasons, he played in 59 games, started 14 of them, and compiled 1,144 rushing yards and 20 touchdowns on 319 attempts, and 66 receptions for 469 yards and a touchdown.[9]

In 2002, Carter was cut by the Green Bay Packers when they trimmed their roster down to 65 players.[10]


Often considered a "bust" by media given where he was drafted, Carter was beset with injuries from his rookie season on.

Carter tore a ligament in his knee on his third carry of his first preseason game of his rookie year, and never fully recovered. He missed the entire 1995 season.[11]

In 1997, he suffered a torn rotator cuff in his left shoulder with fears that he would miss the entire season.[12]

In 1998, he missed the entire season after breaking his left wrist in a game against the Tennessee Oilers.[13]

In 1999, he again missed the entire season after dislocating his right kneecap in a game against the Carolina Panthers.[14]

Life after football

Carter is now an entrepreneur and sports blogger at[15] He founded Byoglobe, a sanitation technology company specializing in disinfection of MRSA-prone facilities, in 2008.[16] He serves as the Sunrise, Florida-based company's chief executive officer.[17]


  1. ^ a b National Football League, Historical Players, Ki-Jana Carter. Retrieved February 5, 2012.
  2. ^ Tate, Skip. "Ki-Jana Comes Back". Cincinnati Magazine, August 1996, p. 32. Retrieved on May 3, 2015.
  3. ^, Players, Ki-Jana Carter Archived January 21, 2012, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved February 5, 2012.
  4. ^ Associated Press. "Carter decides to turn pro". Ludington Daily News, January 10, 1995, p. 7. Retrieved on May 3, 2015.
  5. ^ Knute Rockne, Dick Vermeil and Ki-Jana Carter to be Inducted into the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame, Tournament of Roses Association, August 26, 2014
  6. ^ Angell, Jardyn. "Twenty years later, Penn State's Carter is 'salivating' for a playoff" Archived April 4, 2015, at the Wayback Machine. National Sports Journalism Center, December 31, 2014. Retrieved on May 3, 2015.
  7. ^ Pro Football Hall of Fame, Draft History, 1995 National Football League Draft. Retrieved February 5, 2012.
  8. ^ Dignan, Larry. "TALKING MONEY WITH: KI-JANA CARTER;Risk? A Running Back Takes a Pass".
  9. ^ a b, Players, Ki-Jana Carter. Retrieved February 5, 2012.
  10. ^ "NFL Notebook: Saints bring Ki-Jana Carter to camp".
  11. ^ Associated Press. "Bengals' Carter out for season". Observer-Reporter, August 19, 1995, p. B1. Retrieved on May 3, 2015.
  12. ^ Press, The Associated. "PRO FOOTBALL; Bengals' Carter Could Be Lost for the Year".
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  14. ^ " - newspaper archive, clipping service - newspapers and other news sources".
  15. ^ "Ki-Jana Carter Profile". OPEN Sports Network. Retrieved November 25, 2008.
  16. ^ "Contact Byoglobe". Archived from the original on July 9, 2009. Retrieved May 27, 2009.
  17. ^ "Contact Byoglobe". Archived from the original on July 10, 2009. Retrieved May 27, 2009.

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1992 Penn State Nittany Lions football team

The 1992 Penn State Nittany Lions football team represented the Pennsylvania State University in the 1992 NCAA Division I-A football season. The team was coached by Joe Paterno and played its home games in Beaver Stadium in University Park, Pennsylvania.

1993 Penn State Nittany Lions football team

The 1993 Penn State Nittany Lions football team represented the Pennsylvania State University in the 1993 NCAA Division I-A football season. The team was coached by Joe Paterno and played its home games in Beaver Stadium in University Park, Pennsylvania. This was Penn State's first season as a member of the Big Ten Conference.

1994 All-Big Ten Conference football team

The 1994 All-Big Ten Conference football team consists of American football players chosen as All-Big Ten Conference players for the 1994 NCAA Division I-A football season.

1994 Florida Citrus Bowl

The 1994 Florida Citrus Bowl was a college football bowl game featuring the Penn State Nittany Lions of the Big Ten, against the Tennessee Volunteers of the SEC.

1994 Penn State Nittany Lions football team

The 1994 Penn State Nittany Lions football team represented the Pennsylvania State University in the 1994 NCAA Division I-A football season. The team was coached by Joe Paterno and played its home games in Beaver Stadium in University Park, Pennsylvania. There is controversy over whether this team should have been crowned National Champions this season, after finishing unbeaten.

The team was selected national champion by DeVold, Eck Ratings System, Matthews Grid Ratings, and New York Times, while named co-champion by Rothman (FACT), National Championship Foundation, and Sagarin Ratings.

1995 Cincinnati Bengals season

The 1995 Cincinnati Bengals season was the team's 28th year in professional football and its 26th with the National Football League.

With Jeff Blake firmly entrenched as the starting quarterback, the Bengals won their first two games. However, the Bengals would lose their next two, heading into a rematch with Don Shula and the Miami Dolphins, in which the Bengals also lost, 26–23. The Bengals went on to play fairly well the rest of the season, but could not avoid their fifth straight losing season, ending with a 7–9 win-loss record.

One of the season’s biggest disappointments was running back Ki-Jana Carter who the Bengals took with first overall pick out of Penn State. Carter would suffer a knee injury in training camp forcing him to miss his entire rookie season. He would never fully recover, in an injury plagued career.

1995 NFL Draft

The 1995 NFL draft was the procedure by which National Football League teams selected amateur college football players. It is officially known as the NFL Annual Player Selection Meeting. The draft was held April 22–23, 1995 at the Paramount Theatre at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York. At the time of the draft, the Raiders were still based in Los Angeles. They would officially return to Oakland after a 13-year hiatus in July 1995. Additionally, the former Los Angeles Rams had gotten approval to move to St. Louis shortly before the draft on April 13 (they would return to Los Angeles in 2016). The league also held a supplemental draft after the regular draft and before the regular season.

There were 32 picks in the first round of this draft as the two expansion teams each received two extra picks between the first and second rounds. The Carolina Panthers, having selected second in the 1995 NFL Expansion Draft, were awarded the first overall pick in this draft and the Jacksonville Jaguars, having picked first in the expansion draft, selected second. The Panthers, however, traded their number one pick to the Cincinnati Bengals for the Bengals' fifth overall pick and their fourth pick in the second round. The Panthers were also stripped of two later supplemental picks, numbers 61 and 191, for improperly recruiting the Pittsburgh Steelers Defensive Coordinator, Dom Capers, as their Head Coach.This marked only the third time to date in NFL History that two Hall of Fame players were selected by the same team in the same round (the other being the Bears in 1965 draft and the Ravens in the 1996 NFL Draft.) The Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected Warren Sapp with the 12th overall pick and Derrick Brooks with the 28th overall pick. The two future Hall of Famers would go on to lead a strong defense which contributed heavily to the win in Super Bowl XXXVII.

1995 Rose Bowl

The 1995 Rose Bowl was a college football bowl game played on Monday January 2, 1995, because New Year's Day was on a Sunday. It was the 81st Rose Bowl Game. The Penn State Nittany Lions defeated the Oregon Ducks 38–20. Ki-Jana Carter of Penn State and Danny O'Neil of Oregon both were named the Rose Bowl Players of the Game. Many observers point to this game as the one that made Ki-Jana Carter a number one selection in the 1995 NFL Draft.

1996 Cincinnati Bengals season

The 1996 Cincinnati Bengals season was the team's 29th year in professional football and its 27th with the National Football League. The Dave Shula era comes to a sudden end when he is fired after a 1–6 start, as Jeff Blake struggles with turnovers. Former Bengals TE Bruce Coslet, former New York Jets head coach, and the team's offensive coordinator, would replace Shula as head coach. The move paid off right away as the Bengals won the first 3 games under Coslet. After losing two of their next three games, the Bengals closed the year with three straight wins to finish with an 8–8 record. One bright spot during the season, was that WR Carl Pickens became the first member of the Bengals to have 100 receptions in a season.

1998 Cincinnati Bengals season

The 1998 Cincinnati Bengals season was the team's 31st year in professional football and its 29th with the National Football League. The Bengals suffer another miserable 3–13 season again as new free agent QB Neil O'Donnell, is sacked 30 times. Despite the poor showing by the offensive line, running back Corey Dillon establishes himself as one of the NFL's premier running backs, as he rushes for 1,120 yard. The only bright spot for the Bengals in 1998 was when they swept division rival Pittsburgh. This would be the Bengals only sweep of the Steelers during the “Bungles” years.

1999 Cincinnati Bengals season

The 1999 Cincinnati Bengals season was the team's 32nd year in professional football and its 30th with the National Football League. In what would be the final season of pro football being played at Riverfront Stadium, then known as Cinergy Field, the Bengals struggled out of the gates again losing 10 of their first 11 games. After winning two straight, the Bengals faced the expansion Cleveland Browns in the final game at Riverfront Stadium. The Bengals would win the game 44–28 before losing their final two games to finish with a 4–12 record.

2015 Rose Bowl

The 2015 Rose Bowl (officially known as the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual) was a college football bowl game played on January 1, 2015, at the Rose Bowl stadium in Pasadena, California. This 101st Rose Bowl Game, as a semifinal for the College Football Playoff (CFP), matched the Oregon Ducks against the Florida State Seminoles as selected by the system's selection committee to compete for a spot at the National Championship game to be played on January 12, 2015 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. It was one of the 2014–15 bowl games that concluded the 2014 FBS football season.

The game was televised on ESPN and ESPN Deportes, and broadcast on ESPN Radio and XM Satellite Radio, with the kickoff time set for 5 p.m. ET (2 p.m. local time). The Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association organized the game. The Northwestern Mutual financial services organization sponsored the game.

On the match day, the 126th edition of the annual Rose Parade took place at 8 am Pacific Time with a theme of Inspiring Stories.Oregon won the game, beating Florida State, the last undefeated team of the season, by the score of 59–20 and advanced to the inaugural College Football Playoff National Championship Game, assuring that no team would finish the season with a perfect record.


Bengalized is a term with origins among Cincinnati Bengals football fans and/or players. It usually refers to a Cincinnati Bengals player who, after multiple seasons of poor team performance, develops hostility with the coaching staff or ownership operation, and cultivates pessimism about remaining with the team. This results in efforts by the player to prompt a trade or release from the team. Bengalized can also refer to a Cincinnati Bengals fan who becomes frustrated after years of futility in losing seasons and/or playoff losses, ultimately ending their support of the franchise. As of the conclusion of the 2017-18 season, the Bengals have had 27 seasons without a playoff win - currently the longest streak in the NFL.Bengalized may also refer to a newly acquired Bengals player or draftee who, upon recognition of high talent and ability, becomes injured (or performs poorly) while playing for the Bengals, which essentially ruins a favorable NFL career.

The specific origin of the term is unknown, but may have roots in promising former Bengals quarterback Greg Cook who was a first round selection by the Bengals in the 1969 NFL draft. After posting outstanding numbers in the first three games of the 1969 season, a shoulder injury in his third game from a hit to his throwing arm effectively ended his NFL career.Multiple other Cincinnati Bengals players who may also be known for becoming Bengalized are David Klingler, Akili Smith, Ki-Jana Carter, Carl Pickens, Dan Wilkinson, Chris Perry, Levi Jones, Corey Dillon, Chad Johnson, and Carson Palmer.

Danny O'Neil

Danny O'Neil is a former American football quarterback.

O'Neil was a star high school quarterback at Mater Dei in Orange County, California and was heavily recruited by Alabama and USC but chose to play for Rich Brooks at the University of Oregon.Despite being a four-year starter who set numerous passing records for the Ducks, O'Neil struggled throughout his career in Eugene. However, in 1994 O'Neil led the Ducks to the Pac-10 championship and a berth in the 1995 Rose Bowl, Oregon's first since 1958. Though the Ducks lost to #2 Penn State 38–20, O'Neil set Rose Bowl records for most passes completed (41), most attempts (61), most yardage (465), most plays (74), and most total offense (456 yards), and was named the game's co-MVP with Penn State's Ki-Jana Carter. He was named to the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame in 2003.O'Neil was named first team all-conference as a senior, leading the Ducks to three pivotal come-from-behind victories; defeating #9 Washington, #11 Arizona, and archrival Oregon State in order to win the Pac-10 Conference championship. He passed for 8,301 yards and 62 touchdowns in his career at Oregon and also led the Ducks to the 1992 Independence Bowl.

O'Neil was not drafted into the National Football League. He played part of one season with the Anaheim Piranhas of the Arena Football League before retiring from football to become a youth pastor. Through the years he founded a church, Calvary Fellowship, in Eugene, OR. There he met his wife, Kim Nguyen/O'Neil. They soon got married and had two kids, Taylor O'Neil (b. 2004) and Danny Rayden O'Neil (b. 2005). He was a pastor in Eugene, Oregon, where he has ministered to players from his former team. He currently resides in Eugene, Oregon.

Jarrett Irons

Jarrett Irons is a former American football player. A native of The Woodlands, Texas, Irons played college football as a linebacker at the University of Michigan from 1993 to 1996. He was a team co-captain of the 1995 and 1996 team and was selected to the All-Big Ten Conference team both years. As a senior, he was selected as a consensus first-team linebacker on the 1996 College Football All-America Team. At the end of his collegiate career, Irons held Michigan's career tackles record.

List of NCAA major college football yearly rushing leaders

The list of college football yearly rushing leaders identifies the major college rushing leaders for each season from 1937 to the present. It includes yearly leaders in three statistical categories: (1) rushing yardage; (2) yards per carry; and (3) rushing touchdowns.

Lost Lettermen

Lost Lettermen was a sports weblog and database, which was launched by Jim Weber in March 2009. It was dedicated to former college football and basketball players. It regularly interviewed former college stars such as Tee Martin, Charlie Ward, Ki-Jana Carter, Ed O'Bannon, Corliss Williamson and Mateen Cleaves. It also had a database of over 150,000 former college athletes to answer the question, "Where Are They Now?"The site was featured in USA Today in March 2010 to locate the current whereabouts of NCAA Tournament one-hit wonders such as Bryce Drew and Kevin Pittsnogle.Jim Weber sold the site in 2015, and as of August 2017 it no longer was in operation.

Penn State Nittany Lions football statistical leaders

The Penn State Nittany Lions football statistical leaders are individual statistical leaders of the Penn State Nittany Lions football program in various categories, including passing, rushing, receiving, total offense, defensive stats, and kicking. Within those areas, the lists identify single-game, single-season, and career leaders. The Nittany Lions represent Pennsylvania State University in the NCAA's Big Ten Conference.

Although Penn State began competing in intercollegiate football in 1887, the school's official record book considers the "modern era" to have begun in 1970. Records from before this year are often incomplete and inconsistent, and they are generally not included in these lists.

These lists are dominated by more recent players for several reasons:

Since 1970, seasons have increased from 10 games to 11 and then 12 games in length.

The NCAA didn't allow freshmen to play varsity football until 1972 (with the exception of the World War II years), allowing players to have four-year careers.

Bowl games only began counting toward single-season and career statistics in 2002, allowing players in most seasons since then an extra game to accumulate statistics.These lists are updated through November 4, 2017, after the first nine games of the 2017 season.

Westerville South High School

Westerville South High School is a public high school located in Westerville, Ohio, northeast of Columbus, Ohio. Originally Westerville High School, it is the oldest of the three high schools in the Westerville City School District. Dedicated in 1960 as Westerville High School, it was renamed Westerville South High School in 1975 upon the opening of Westerville's second high school, Westerville North. In 2003 the school district's third high school, Westerville Central was opened. The principal of Westerville South is Mike Hinze. School colors are red and white. The school mascot is the Wildcat. Its CEEB code is 365430.

The International Baccalaureate awarded Westerville South the prestigious distinction of IB school in 2005, and South is the only high school in Westerville to offer the IB curriculum, however, any student in the school district is eligible to participate in the program. Westerville South's first IB class was in 2007, when 31 students earned world-wide distinction in gaining the IB diploma. The graduating class of 31 in 2007 was one of the highest graduating classes in IB, and South students have had 100% of their IB diploma candidates earn the diploma for three years - - one of the best success rates in the world.

South also boasts a 2000 gold medal award for scholastic journalism from Columbia University and a silver medal award given out by the USA Today Magazine as one of the top high schools in the country. In the fall of 2007, South was also host to the Heartland Renaissance Conference where schools from across the mid-west attended to learn about academic achievement in school.

Westerville South has graduated such football stars as Andy Katzenmoyer (Ohio State and New England Patriots), Ki-Jana Carter (Penn State and Cincinnati Bengals), Lance Moore (Toledo and New Orleans Saints). Moore earned a Super Bowl ring with the Saints.

Westerville South has graduated as well basketball star Traevon Jackson (Wisconsin Jackson led the badgers to back to back Final fours in 2014 and 2015.

On July 31, 2000, presidential candidate George W. Bush visited the school during the Republican National Convention.

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