1999 Paycom Jim Thorpe Award Winner Tyrone Carter, University of Minnesota
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Tyrone Carter was an outstanding high school football player at Blanche Ely High School in Pompano Beach, Florida. As a senior he was named the Miami Sun-Sentinel All-County defensive first-team and was a Miami Herald All-County offensive first-team selection as a running back, gaining 1,349 yards and scoring 23 touchdowns his senior year. Carter left Florida to attend the University of Minnesota after high school.
He was a first-team All-American in 1998 and a consensus first-team All-American in 1999. He also won the 1999 Jim Thorpe Award for best defensive back in college football, and was a finalist for the 1999 Bronko Nagurski Trophy which is given to the best defensive player in the country. Carter also earned the Carl Eller Award twice, given to the University of Minnesota defensive player of the year. In 1998, Carter was named first team All-Big Ten conference by both the coaches and the media. During his college football career at Minnesota, he recorded 584 tackles, 414 solo, which are both NCAA division 1-A records.
Tyrone Carter was drafted in the 4th round of the 2000 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings. He played 3 full seasons with the Vikings, and had 40 tackles in his rookie year. On April 14, 2003, Carter signed with the New York Jets, where he played one season and recorded career highs in tackles (88) and interceptions (2). He then signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2004 and played in Pittsburgh for six seasons, playing on two Super Bowl championship teams. He signed with the Washington Redskins in 2010, and finished the 2010 season with the San Diego Chargers. He is retired from the NFL, and currently lives in Florida.