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Virgil Carter
  • Number: 14
  • Position: Quarterback
  • Height: 6-1
  • Weight: 176
  • Roster Years: 1963-1966
  • Hometown: Provo, UT

PersonalEdit

Father is Harold Carter, a Provo school teacher He came to BYU on an academic scholarship. Virg was nicknamed the "Blue Darter".

Virg married Judy Green in 1967, and they are the parents of a son, Chad Alexander. Virg retired from professional football in 1976. Since his retirement, he has been involved in sportscasting and often fills speaking engagements on radio and television.

Before BYUEdit

Prepped at Folsom High in Sacramento, Calif., where he was coached by D. Guerra. He was a Scholastic All-American for two years.

College CareerEdit

1963 Freshman YearEdit

Set BYU freshman passing and scoring records.

1964 Sophomore YearEdit

Academic All-WAC He rushed and passed for 170 yards in his first game against Oregon.

1965 Junior YearEdit

All-Western Athletic Conference and WAC Player of the Year ... Academic All-WAC ... broke Eldon Fortie's record with 2,263 yards in 10 games ... ranked third in the NCAA in total offense and 11th in passing.

1966 Senior YearEdit

Set 6 NCAA records, 19 Western Athletic Conference records, and 24 BYU records ... All-WAC and WAC Player of the Year ... WAC Player of the Week on back-to-back weeks vs. Arizona and UTEP ... received the Dale Rex Memorial Award for his contribution to amateur athletics in Utah ... All-American honorable mention ... named BYU Outstanding Senior in the college of Physical and Engineering Sciences ... BYUs first CoSida Academic All-American ... led the NCAA in TD passes and total offense and set an NCAA record for 599 yards total offense against UTEP ... finished 11th in the 1966 Heisman Trophy balloting.

NFLEdit

From 1967-76 Virg played professional football with the Chicago Bears, Cincinnati Bengals, and Chicago Fire. He was captain of the Bengal team. In 1971 he led the NFL in pass completion percentage and was third in overall passing statistics. He was named Most Valuable Player in 1968, 1971, and 1974, and received the Man of Year Award in Sacrament, California in 1971 for his contribution to athletics.

1977 Hall of Fame InducteeEdit

As a football player at BYU, Virg set 6 NCAA records. 19 WAC records, and 24 BYU records. He was named All-Conference during his junior and senior years, and also WAC Player of the Year both years. He received the Dale Rex Memorial Award in 1967 for his contribution to amateur athletics in Utah, and received All-American honorable mention. Along with his athletic accomplishments, Virg also received academic recognition. He was named BYU Outstanding Senior in the college of Physical and Engineering Sciences and was Scholastic All-American for two years.

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