Lavonya Quintelle "Quincy" Carter
(born October 13
) is an Arena football quarterback
for the Kansas City Brigade
. He has previously played in the NFL
for the Dallas Cowboys
and New York Jets
, for the Bossier-Shreveport Battle Wings
of the arenafootball2
league, and briefly signed with the Montreal Alouettes
of the CFL
on April 4
, only to be released one month later. Carter's career has been marred by several drug-related arrests and frequent allegations of drug abuse.
Carter was born in Illinois and had a stellar high school football career at Southwest DeKalb High School
in Georgia, becoming well-known in the Atlanta
Carter originally signed a football letter of intent
with Georgia Tech
in 1996, but opted instead to play minor league baseball
after being drafted by the Chicago Cubs
as an outfielder 52nd overall in the 1996 amateur draft.
With the Gulf Coast Cubs of the rookie league in 1996, Carter played in 55 games and hit .215. The following year, Carter was promoted to the Rockford Cubbies of Single-A and hit .211 in 105 games. He appeared in 28 games for Rockford in 1998, hitting .248 in 27 games. His final year in 1999, he went 0-for-3 in one game for the Daytona Cubs of Advanced A ball.
Struggling with his baseball career, Carter went to the University of Georgia college football program
Carter won the starting job at Georgia in a highly contested battle (over future Oklahoma starter, Nate Hybl, among others) and after an excellent freshman season was recognized as one of the top young quarterbacks in NCAA football. He had a decent sophomore season but was mediocre as a junior due to injuries and inconsistencies.
Carter declared himself eligible for the NFL draft after his junior season and was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the 2nd round as the 53rd pick of the 2001 NFL Draft.
Carter became the starting quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys
team as a rookie, being part of a succession of short-tenured quarterbacks following the retirement of Troy Aikman
. The highlight of his rookie season was a 20-13 victory over the New York Giants in which Carter threw for nearly 200 yards, scrambled for a key first down late in the game, and tossed the game-winning touchdown pass to veteran tight end, Jackie Harris
. Dallas would sign another young quarterback and former baseball player, Chad Hutchinson
, following Carter's rookie season. He lost the starting job during his second season to Hutchinson after a loss to the Arizona Cardinals
in which he engaged in a heated sideline discussion with Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones
. However, in his third season, under newly-hired head coach Bill Parcells
, Carter retook the starting job and led the Cowboys to a 10-6 record and a playoff appearance. Hutchinson was released the next season after playing in NFL Europe
Carter was released on August 4, 2004 in the offseason under unclear circumstances. The field of quarterbacks for the Cowboys in that offseason had expanded with the trade for yet another former baseball player, Drew Henson, and the acquisition of Vinny Testaverde off of waivers. Before Carter's release, it had been projected that Carter had a slight edge over Testaverde for the starting spot and that former third-string quarterback, Tony Romo, would be released. Many believe Carter was released because of a failed drug test, and Cowboys coach Bill Parcells said that for reasons including but not limited to his drug problems Carter could not be trusted with the leadership of the team. The official Cowboys statement regarding his release was a failed drug test, a poor attitude over the signing of Vinny Testaverde, and an average performance during the first week of training camp.
New York Jets
After being released by the Cowboys, Carter was signed to a one-year contract with the New York Jets
where he served as a backup to Chad Pennington
and started three games (winning two) after Pennington suffered a rotator cuff injury. He suffered a drug relapse during the playoffs of the 2004 season and has since received treatment for drug addiction and bipolar disorder
. The Jets released him during the 2005 offseason, and he currently lives in Shreveport, Louisiana
Carter's release by the Cowboys is currently subject to an arbitration hearing by the NFLPA. He officially filed his retirement papers in September 2005 but has stated he intends to return to the NFL.
On April 4
, Carter was signed by the Montreal Alouettes
of the Canadian Football League
(CFL) to a one year contract with an option for 2007 only to be released by the team the following month. On being cut, Carter remarked, "This is a joke... an insult." No other football team has signed Carter since his release and one CFL club official told the Montreal Gazette
that Carter has "a serious marijuana
On December 15, 2006 Carter was arrested in Irving, Texas on possession of marijuana charges. He was released in lieu of a $500 bond paid by Dallas-Fort Worth area sports talk-show host and journalist, Randy Galloway.
Bossier-Shreveport Battle Wings
In February 2007, Carter signed with the Bossier-Shreveport Battle Wings
, of af2
. Through the first three games of the 2007 season, he was the third rated passer, with a rating of 124.3, throwing 18 touchdown passes, but he was suspended indefinitely from the team in late May for missing team meetings. Rumors swirled that Carter had quit the team, but Battle Wings coach Jon Norris named Carter the starting quarterback for their June 16 game against Corpus Christi. Carter passed for a franchise-record eight touchdown passes in the Battle Wings'81-35 win.
Carter was arrested on marijuana possession charges by Shreveport police on October 12, 2007. Because the incident marked the second time Carter was arrested for the same crime, the charge is a felony. Carter was released early Saturday, his 30th birthday, on bond of $5,224, according to an official in the records department at the Caddo Correctional Facility.
Kansas City Brigade
On June 2nd, Carter signed with the Arena Football League's Kansas City Brigade. The Brigade, who had one victory at the time of the signing, are clearly hoping Carter's big name and big arm can resurrect their season. Herm Edwards, the current Kansas City Chiefs head coach who coached Carter while in New York, commented on Carter's personality calling him a "high character" kind of guy. Carter started the last 3 games of the season for Kansas City and was signed to a 2-year contract extension.
On July 31, Carter had a workout with the Miami Dolphins.