Today in Patriots History
Happy 42nd birthday to Andre Carter
Born May 12, 1979 in Denver
Patriot DE, 2011 and 2013; uniform #68 & #96
Signed as a veteran free agent on August 11, 2011
Re-signed on October 22, 2013
The 7th overall pick of the 2001 draft spent five years each with San Francisco and Washington, before catching on with the Patriots at the age of 32. Carter showed he was not yet over the hill, registering ten sacks in 2011 (before missing the final two games with a torn quadriceps tendon), and was named to his first Pro Bowl. Andre signed with Oakland in 2012, then was cut at the end of training camp the following year. After season ending injuries to Jerod Mayo and Vince Wilfork, the Pats re-signed Carter for the last nine games of the 2013 season. Overall he had 12 sacks and 55 tackles for the Patriots, playing in 23 games with 14 starts, plus two playoff games. On November 13, 2011 Carter tied a franchise single game record with four sacks on Mark Sanchez in a 37-16 victory in New Jersey against the Jets.
Andre Carter finished his NFL career with 184 games played over 13 seasons, with 517 tackles (387 solo). He accumulated 80½ sacks, 115 tackles for a loss, 121 quarterback hits and 28 pass deflections. Carter also registered 18 forced fumbles, 4 fumble recoveries and a safety. He also had 12 tackles and 3 TFL in six playoff games. In February of 2017 Carter was hired as an assistant defensive line coach by Miami, a position he remained in for two years. In February of 2019 Adam Gase - who had been head coach in Miami - hired Carter to be his defensive line coach with the New York Jets. Earlier this year LSU hired Andre Carter to become their defensive line coach.
Other pro football players with New England connections born on this date:
Chris Hovan, 43 (5/12/78); Boston College class of '99.
An All-American at BC, the DT spent ten years in the NFL with the Vikings and Bucs. He has since worked as a strength and conditioning coach for the University of South Florida, defensive line coach for the Tampa Bay Storm of the Arena Football League, and defensive coordinator at a Tampa area high school.
Tim Walker, 63 (5/12/58); born in Hartford.
The linebacker played all 16 games for Seattle in 1980 before a neck injury forced him to retire.
Don McCauley, 72 (5/12/49); born in Worcester.
RB was a 1st round pick by the Colts in 1971 and scored 57 touchdowns over 11 seasons.
Fred Dugan (5/12/1933-3/3/2018); born and raised in Stamford CT.
TE/SE had 153 receptions and 13 TD from 1958-63.