CBS SPORTS NETWORK ANALYST
Kevin Carter is the ideal speaker for Business Corporations, Athletic Groups and Christian Groups. With his intriguing and unlikely story, Kevin captivates and engages an audience with various speech topics:
The Power of Teamwork: Together We Can Do More
Defying the Odds: An Unlikely Journey of Success
Follow Your Heart: Finding Your Calling
Kevin shares his personal journey and inspiring story of success. He covers his childhood, his unlikely dream of playing football, the road to becoming a professional athlete, overcoming doubts in his career, a life and purpose after football and the importance of staying true to your heart. The synopsis of his speech is as follows:
NFL Veteran Kevin Carter’s success story is truly the unlikely dream of a child who was told he would never play football – he wasn’t big enough, wasn’t mean enough and didn’t have the talent. As incredible as his 14-year NFL career was, Kevin’s personal story and the road he traveled to becoming a Super Bowl Champion, NFL Community Man of the Year and now CBS Sports Network Analyst and Philanthropist is even more remarkable. After years of being told he would never play football as a child, he decided to be the best he could be off the field. He played in the band and focused on his studies. With an incredible growth spurt over a two month time, his love for the game and a passion to succeed allowed him to step into his destiny to achieve great things both on and off the field. He was a National Merit Scholar and won three SEC Championships at the University of Florida before being drafting to the NFL in 1995. In his 14 NFL seasons, Carter never missed a game.
Bio / Accolades
Carter grew up in Tallahassee, Florida, was a National Merit Scholar graduated from the University of Florida in 1995 with a degree in Zoology. His All-American career allowed him to be selected by the St. Louis Rams as the sixth overall pick in the 1995 NFL Draft. In 1999 he led the NFL in sacks with 17, earning him Pro Bowl, All-Pro, and All-Madden honors. Carter was with the St. Louis Rams when the team defeated the Tennessee Titans in Super Bowl XXXIV, its only Super Bowl title in team history.
In 2001, Carter joined the Tennessee Titans. In his second year with the team, Cater was a 2002 Pro Bowl selection and helped lead the team to the AFC Championship game with his team high ten sacks.
The same year, Carter and his wife founded The Kevin Carter Foundation which earned him nomination by his teammates as the Community Man of the Year during three of the four seasons he spent with the Titans. Carter then landed with the Miami Dolphins in 2005, where he played two seasons with the team. In his first season with the Dolphins, Carter tied for the team lead in sacks with six. He spent his final two seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, retiring in 2009. In his 14 NFL seasons, Carter never missed a game.
Carter was voted onto the Florida Gator All-Century Team and the University of Florida Gator 100th Anniversary Team. He was inducted into the University of Florida Athletics Hall of Fame as a “Gator Great.” In 1998, Carter founded the Kevin Carter Football Endowment at Florida, which provides scholarships to deserving college athletes.
Kevin Carter finished his NFL career with 224 games, 219 starts, 628 tackles, 104.5 sacks, two Pro Bowl appearances, one All-Pro team, and a Super Bowl ring with the Rams. Most recently, Carter was inducted into the St. Louis Sports Hall of Fame by legendary NFL coach, Dick Vermeil. The former sack veteran can now be seen on CBS Sports Network, as a college football analyst in studio.
In 2002, Carter started The Kevin Carter Foundation, an organization Carter and his wife Shima created to enrich the lives of children and focuses on youth and character development. Carter created a star-studded event in 2001 in Nashville entitled “Waiting for Wishes” Celebrity Waiter’s Dinner where he, fellow athletes and entertainers have raised over $2 million for his foundation and Make-A-Wish foundation to grant the wishes of children with life threatening illnesses. In 2005, Carter asked Jay DeMarcus (of Rascal Flatts) to join his efforts as the event co-host. This April 2017 will mark the 16th Annual event.
In 1998, Carter founded the Kevin Carter Football Endowment at Florida, which provides scholarships to deserving college athletes. His tireless efforts have raised millions for area charities and worthwhile organizations.
Social / Media
Facebook: Kevin Carter - https://www.facebook.com/waitingforwishes
Twitter: @KevinCarterESPN - https://twitter.com/kevincarterESPN
Videos / Sizzle Reel: https://www.espn.com/video/clip?id=14335082