Mark Carrier (safety)

Mark Anthony Carrier III (born April 28, 1968) is a retired American football safety who played in the National Football League. He was the former defensive backs' coach for the Cincinnati Bengals.

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Personal information
Born:April 28, 1968 (age 50)
Lake Charles, Louisiana
Career information
High school:Long Beach Polytechnic
(Long Beach, California)
College:Southern California
NFL Draft:1990 / Round: 1 / Pick: 6
Career history
As player:
As coach:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at

Early life

Carrier went to Long Beach Polytechnic High School and was a letterman in football. In football, he was a three-year varsity starter. Mark was named to the Parade All-American, USA Today All-American, and the Long Beach Press-Telegram 's Best-in-the-West teams in 1985.

College career

Carrier is a 1989 graduate of the University of Southern California. As a junior in 1989, Carrier was named to the Playboy All-American team and became USC's first winner of the Jim Thorpe Award, presented annually to the nation's best defensive back. A two-time consensus first-team All-American, Carrier had seven interceptions in 1989, plus 107 tackles, three fumble recoveries and ten pass deflections. A three-year starter for the Trojans, Carrier finished his collegiate career with thirteen interceptions. Carrier was inducted into the USC Athletic Hall of Fame, class of 2006.

Professional career

He was selected with the sixth pick of the 1990 NFL Draft by the Chicago Bears. Carrier lined up at free safety and won Defensive Rookie of the Year in 1990, after he led the NFL with 10 interceptions, which also set the Bears record for most interceptions in a season.[1] Carrier has also been fined for several of his hits, and also suffered three concussions during his career.[2] Carrier played for the Bears from 1990 to 1996, the Detroit Lions (1997–99) and Washington Redskins until 2000. Carrier was known as a smart player, often leading the defense.[3] He played in three Pro Bowls, in 1990, 1991 and 1993.[4]

Career statistics

Year Team G Tackles Fumbles Interceptions
Comb Total Ast Sacks FF FR Yds Int Yds Avg Lng TD PD
1990 CHI 16 122 0 0 0.0 0 2 0 10 39 4 14 0 0
1991 CHI 16 93 0 0 0.0 0 1 0 2 54 27 39 0 0
1993 CHI 16 62 47 15 0.0 0 0 0 4 94 24 34 1 6
1994 CHI 16 69 52 17 0.0 1 0 0 2 10 5 7 0 12
1995 CHI 16 72 64 8 0.0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 10
1996 CHI 13 49 37 12 0.0 2 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 5
1997 DET 16 75 54 21 0.0 0 0 0 5 94 19 66 0 14
1998 DET 13 53 41 12 0.0 2 0 0 3 33 11 33 0 8
1999 DET 15 73 59 14 0.0 3 1 0 3 16 5 16 0 8
2000 WSH 15 68 55 13 0.0 1 0 0 1 30 30 30 0 4
Career 152 736 409 112 0.0 11 4 0 32 370 12 66 1 67


Coaching career

In 2006, the Baltimore Ravens hired Carrier as their secondary coach. He was the defensive backs' coach at Arizona State University the previous two years.

In 2010, he was hired as the New York Jets defensive line coach.[4]

On February 13, 2012, he was hired by the Cincinnati Bengals as their defensive backs' coach until 2016 when he was fired.


  1. ^ "Will Cutler set new Bears passing records?". 2012-07-10. Retrieved 2012-08-09.
  2. ^ Fred Mitchell (2012-05-25). "Mark Carrier: Mark Carrier tries to understand deaths of Dave Duerson and Junior Seau - Chicago Tribune". Retrieved 2012-08-09.
  3. ^ WARNER HESSLER (2000-07-25). "A Quarterback On Defense - Daily Press". Retrieved 2012-08-09.
  4. ^ a b Cannizzaro, Mark (2010-02-13). "Pro Bowl safety to coach Jets' defensive line". Archived from the original on 2013-01-30. Retrieved 2012-08-09.
  5. ^ "Mark Carrier Stats". ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved 24 January 2014.

External links

1989 USC Trojans football team

The 1989 USC Trojans football team represented the University of Southern California during the 1989 NCAA Division I-A football season. The season was intended to start historic fashion, with USC set to play Illinois in Moscow in what was dubbed the Glasnost Bowl. However, the plan to play the game at Dynamo Stadium fell through, and the game was rescheduled at Memorial Coliseum. The Trojans lost the game as the Illini scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter.

USC won their third consecutive conference championship and gained their 600th program win in a victory against Oregon State. They played third-ranked Michigan in the Rose Bowl and won giving Larry Smith his only bowl victory as head coach.

1990 Chicago Bears season

The 1990 Chicago Bears season was their 71st regular season and 20th postseason completed in the National Football League (NFL). The Bears were looking to return to the playoffs after missing them in 1989 and did so, winning their sixth NFC Central Division championship in seven seasons. With the change in playoff structuring that began in 1990, the Bears were not guaranteed a bye week for winning the division and had to play on Wild Card weekend. They defeated the New Orleans Saints in the Wild Card round but were defeated by the eventual Super Bowl champion New York Giants at Giants Stadium in the Divisional Playoffs. This was also the last division title the Bears would win until 2001.

For the only time in Mike Ditka's tenure as the Bears' head coach, the team played a regular season game in the state of Arizona when they visited the Phoenix Cardinals on October 28. Chicago left Tempe victorious; it was the Bears' first matchup against the Cardinals since Chicago visited the Cardinals in St. Louis six years earlier.

Late in the season, tragedy struck when defensive tackle Fred Washington, the Bears' second-round pick in the 1990 NFL Draft, was killed in a car accident on December 21, 1990.

1990 NFL season

The 1990 NFL season was the 71st regular season of the National Football League. To increase revenue, the league changed the regular season so that all NFL teams would play their 16-game schedule over a 17-week period. Furthermore, the playoff format was expanded from 10 teams to 12 teams by adding another wild card from each conference, thus adding two more contests to the postseason schedule; this format remains in use today (although there are now four division spots and two wild card spots available with realignment in 2002). During four out of the five previous seasons, at least one team with a 10–6 record missed the playoffs, including the 11–5 Denver Broncos in 1985; meanwhile, the 10–6 San Francisco 49ers won Super Bowl XXIII, leading for calls to expand the playoff format to ensure that 10–6 teams could compete for a Super Bowl win. Ironically, the first ever sixth-seeded playoff team would not have a 10–6 record, but instead, the New Orleans Saints, with a paltry 8–8 record, took the new playoff spot.

This was also the first full season for Paul Tagliabue as the league's Commissioner, after taking over from Pete Rozelle midway through the previous season.

ABC was given the rights to televise the two additional playoff games. Meanwhile, Turner's TNT network started to broadcast Sunday night games for the first half of the season.

On October 8, the league announced that the Super Bowl Most Valuable Player Award would be named the Pete Rozelle Trophy. The season ended with Super Bowl XXV when the New York Giants defeated the Buffalo Bills 20–19 at Tampa Stadium. This would be the first Super Bowl appearance for Buffalo, who would lose the next three Super Bowls as well.

Late in the season, with the Gulf War looming closer, the NFL announced that starting in Week 16 (and continuing until Super Bowl XXV), the league would add American flag decals to the back of the helmet. The flag would return on a permanent basis in 2001 following the September 11 attacks.

Associated Press NFL Rookie of the Year Award

The Associated Press NFL Rookie of the Year Award is an annual award given to the top offensive and defensive first-year players in the National Football League (NFL) as adjudged by the Associated Press (AP). Winners are selected by a nationwide panel of 50 members of the AP who regularly cover the league. The AP has chosen an offensive rookie of the year since 1957 and a defensive rookie of the year since 1967.

Ballots are cast at the end of the regular season, before the playoffs. Since 2011, winners of the AP Rookie of the Year awards are announced at the NFL Honors presentation the night before the Super Bowl along with the Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Year Award and other AP awards. While several organizations recognize their own NFL Rookie of the Year, the NFL considers the award given by the AP to be its official honor, with the winners listed in the league's annual Record and Fact Book. Running back Saquon Barkley of the New York Giants and linebacker Darius Leonard of the Indianapolis Colts were named AP Offensive and Defensive Rookie of the Year, respectively for the 2018 season.

Carrier (surname)

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List of Chicago Bears first-round draft picks

The Chicago Bears are an American football franchise based in Chicago, Illinois. They are members of the National Football Conference (NFC) North division in the National Football League (NFL). They participated in the first ever NFL draft in 1936 and selected Joe Stydahar, a tackle from West Virginia University. Stydahar went to have a stellar career with the franchise and is inducted in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The team's most recent first round selection (2018) was Roquan Smith, an inside linebacker from Georgia. The Bears have not had first round selections a total of six times, most recently in 2010. The Bears have only selected the number one overall pick in the draft twice, choosing Tom Harmon in 1941 and Bob Fenimore in 1947. The team's six selections from the University of Texas are the most chosen by the Bears from one program. Nine of the first round selections have been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Every year during April, each NFL franchise seeks to add new players to its roster through a collegiate draft known as "the NFL Annual Player Selection Meeting", which is more commonly known as the NFL Draft. The NFL Draft, as a whole, gives the advantage to the teams that did poorly the previous season. The 30 teams that did not make the Super Bowl are ranked in order so the team with the worst record picks first and the team with the best record pick last. The two exceptions to this inverse order are made for teams that appeared in the previous Super Bowl; the Super Bowl champion selects 32nd overall, and the Super Bowl loser selects 31st overall. If the franchise so chooses, they may trade their draft picks for any combination of draft picks, players, and money.

Mark Carrier

Mark Carrier may refer to:

Mark Carrier (safety) (born 1968), American football safety, played for Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions and Washington Redskins

Mark Carrier (wide receiver) (born 1965), American football, played for Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Cleveland Browns and Carolina Panthers

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