No ordinary defender could possibly stand out in the shadow of two of the most famous offenses in football history - The University of Florida’s Fun ‘n’ Gun and the St. Louis Rams’ “Greatest Show on Turf” - but Kevin Carter was anything but ordinary. At 6-6, 305 pounds, Carter’s presence was felt the moment he walked into a room or onto a field, but it was his rare combination of freakish strength, athleticism, and intelligence that transformed this mild-mannered zoology major into a gridiron superhero.
Joining OJ and Seth in The Fish Tank, Kevin fondly reflects on his Gators’ experience and how Steve Spurrier’s dynamic personality won him over (2:43), shares details of his journey from college All-American to becoming the first defensive player selected in the 1995 NFL Draft and trying to figure out the league and himself on a struggling Rams franchise, to becoming an All-Pro for a Super Bowl champion (10:12) and reveals how a star defensive player finds his way among flashy offenses that featured the likes of Fred Taylor, Errict Rhett, Danny Wuerffel, Reidel Anthony, and Ike Hilliard in Gainesville and Marshall Faulk, Kurt Warner, Isaac Bruce, and Torry Holt in St. Louis (15:31). Kevin goes on to reveal the phone call from Jason Taylor that helped bring him to Miami in 2005 and why his Dolphins tenure was the most fun day-to-day life he lived as a professional despite Nick Saban’s physically demanding practices (22:43), discusses how fortunate young players like Channing Crowder and Matt Roth were to be surrounded by the Dolphins’ veteran leadership (30:40), and provides his perspective on JT’s epic post-game locker room tirade in Cleveland (34:44). Finally, this NFL Iron Man opens up about playing in an impossible 224 straight games (starting 219) over the course of his 14-year career (42:34) before tackling The Fish Tank Two-Minute Drill and calling our first-ever timeout (52:33)!
Contributors to this episode include Sean Todd aka DJ Prēc, Alex Bitchatchi, and Miami Dolphins Productions. Theme song created and performed by The Honorable SoLo D.
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