Sept. 15, 2010
CHICAGO, Ill. -- Former University of Michigan football standout receiver Anthony Carter (1979-82) was selected No. 24 by the Big Ten Network on its "Big Ten Icons" series list, which counts down the top 50 student-athletes in conference history based on their collegiate playing careers.
Carter burst onto the scene as a freshman with a game-winning 45-yard touchdown reception on the final play of the game against Indiana. In 1980, the native of Riviera Beach, Fla., helped Michigan to the Rose Bowl and was voted the team's Most Valuable Player, the first sophomore to win the award in team history. He was also selected as an All-American for the first time. As a senior, Carter led Michigan to another Rose Bowl, won the Chicago Tribune Silver Football as Big Ten MVP and became the first Big Ten player in 36 years to be named a three-time All-American.
Carter was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 2001, entering as the school's all-time leading receiver. He is listed among the top 10 in virtually every receiving statistic and is the second-best returner -- for both kick returns and punt returns -- in Michigan history, behind only current Arizona Cardinal Steve Breaston (2003-06). Carter was also a three-time finalist for the Heisman Trophy, finishing as high as fourth on the 1982 ballot.
Carter began his professional career in 1983 playing for the Michigan Panthers of the USFL before debuting with the Minnesota Vikings in 1985. He enjoyed an eight-year career with the Vikings, and also played two seasons with the Detroit Lions before retiring in 1995. He ended his NFL tenure with 486 receptions, 7,733 yards, and 55 touchdowns while adding 289 yards rushing and two touchdowns. Carter was a three-time NFL All-Pro selection during his career.
Big Ten Icons 50 through 21 are being unveiled through Sept. 16 at BigTenIcons.com. The website features essays, video and other facts about each student-athlete's career. Viewers also can participate in the "Talk of the Locker Room" contest with a chance to win the $10,000 grand prize. Weekly winners take home a 55-inch Phillips HD television.
The television series, hosted by legendary college sports broadcaster Keith Jackson, debuts Sept. 18 following a Big Ten Network football telecast in which Icon No. 20 will be revealed. The countdown continues at 9 p.m. every Tuesday night through the end of football season and into the spring. The No. 1 Big Ten Icon will be revealed around the 2011 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament.
Contact: David Ablauf (734) 763-4423