2012 Grad Heads to the NFLPosted by admin on 7/12/12 • Categorized as Summer 2012
Derek Carrier’12, the Buccaneer football team’s all-time leading receiver, signed a free agent contract with the Oakland Raiders NFL team in April.
The Edgerton, Wis., native finished his final exams at Beloit, but missed Commencement ceremonies, heading instead to the Raiders’ rookie training camp.
A health and society major with aspirations for a doctorate in physical therapy and a 3.87 GPA, Carrier was attracted to Beloit for its combination of academics and athletics and the chance to play multiple sports. He played basketball his first two years and later participated in track. During four seasons in football, Carrier rewrote the receiving section of the Buccaneer recordbook, setting all-time marks for catches (189), yards (3,111), and touchdowns (29).
After meeting with scouts at Beloit from all but three or four pro-football clubs, Carrier was invited to visit with the Seattle Seahawks and the Raiders on the West Coast.
Carrier says many scouts have asked if he has regrets about choosing Beloit. “While it may have hindered me in my football experience, as opposed to playing in the Big Ten where I’d have more exposure, I don’t look at it from that perspective,” he says, citing the hands-on experiences he got in his classes at Beloit. “The only words that come to mind when describing my experiences at Beloit College are ‘phenomenal’ and ‘life-changing.’”
Carrier joins a very short list of Beloiters who have gone on to professional football. In 1953, the Philadelphia Eagles selected tackle Jack Erickson’52. In 1956, quarterback Rod Hermes’58 went to the Green Bay Packers. Neither Erickson nor Hermes made their respective team’s active roster.