Getting To Know … Brandon Carr
Name: Brandon Carey Carr.
Born: May 19, 1986 in Flint, Michigan. Situated northwest of Detroit, Flint is the fourth largest metropolitan area in the state of Michigan with a 2007 census estimate of 114,000 residents. Fur trader Jacob Smith established a trading post at the city’s current location on the Flint River in 1819. Flint has long been big in the auto industry and was the home in the early days for the Buick Motor Company and General Motors. The city also has a long history of producing outstanding athletes and football players like former Chiefs wide receiver Andre Rison, cornerback Todd Lyght, linebacker Carl Banks, tackle Jon Runyan and defensive tackle Robaire Smith.
Family: John and Kathy Carr with one older brother Tony.
Attended: Carman-Ainsworth High School in Flint and Grand Valley State University, just outside Grand Rapids, Michigan. Played both offense and defense for the Cavaliers, before moving into the college ranks with the Lakers where he was a three-year starter at the boundary cornerback position.
Why Grand Valley State: “I was a late bloomer. I wasn’t the fastest guy and I certainly wasn’t the biggest guy coming out of high school. When I got to college I hit my spurt, growing physically, maturity wise. I was about 5-10, 175 pounds at the end of high school. When I got to college, I had grown up; my first day there I weighed in at 192 pounds. I got faster as well.
So how did you get so much bigger and faster? “That summer I worked out every day. I would get up around 6 a.m. and not get done until 9 or 10 p.m. I worked with a trainer and he helped me get stronger, bigger and faster. I wanted to go and play immediately. So for three months, May, June and July, I hit it hard.”
Did any Division I school recruit you: “Central Michigan did. I went for a couple visits there for games. They recruited my brother Tony four years earlier and I might have ended up there, but the coaching staff was fired.
Is it true you did not give up a touchdown pass in coverage during the three years you started at Grand Valley? “I wish I could say that, but I gave up one TD in man coverage. It was against Delta State.
What was his name? I know you haven’t forgotten that receiver’s name: Eric Marshall, yeah I remember his name.
What’s it like winning a national championship, since you guys won in both your sophomore and junior seasons at Grand Valley? “It’s great. It’s why you play. It’s fantastic.”
How did you develop the mentality to play cornerback, where you know you can do everything correctly and still be beaten? “You have to brainwash yourself. You know you are out there on an island. You have to have that certain confidence about yourself. If you don’t have that, you aren’t going to last long.
Before the draft the Chiefs asked you to describe yourself. What did you say? “Smart, technician, battler. My technique allowed me to stay on top of the receiver. You’ve got to go out there and try to make plays, just fight all the time. I just watch people around me, take advice and try to apply it to the game. I study it as much as I can. I think it’s my job to know the job of everybody on the field, especially the defense.”
Who is your hero? “My father. He wasn’t dealt the best of cards when he was coming up. He was from a big family and he was the second oldest and he didn’t have the things that he provided for me. But he went out and made something for himself and his family. He was a supervisor at Ford for a lot of years, but they are cutting back, so now he’s working in real estate.”
What’s your favorite place in the world? “I’ve got two, both of them down in South Carolina. They would be Myrtle Beach and Charleston. I like to go out there at night on the water. It clears your head on the ocean.”
What’s your favorite meal? “Baked chicken, mashed potatoes and either peas or corn, with cornbread on the side.”
If the TV is on, what are you watching? “ESPN Sports Center, the NFL Network and BET are the only things I watch.
What’s your ride? “A ’08 Denali.”
What was your first car? “It was a Chevy Cavalier. I had that all through high school. There were over 200,000 on that one. When I got to college I didn’t have a car until the second semester of my second year and then my Dad gave me his Taurus. That was pretty close to 200,000 when I got rid of that.”
What’s your favorite movie? “Friday, with Ice Cube and Chris Tucker. I love that movie. Paid in Full, Boyz N the Hood, they would all but up there too.”
What was your first job? “I worked at a Red Lobster. I was a host. It was my 11th and 12th grade in high school. ‘ Hello, how are you doing? How many in your party?’ I must have said that thousands of times. I learned to smile even when you are having a bad day. A smile really goes a long way.”
Hardest college class you took in college? “Research Methods. It was a lot of reading, late nights, going through the library. That class gave me a run around!”
What’s on your bucket list? “I’d go scuba diving. I want to go on a cruise and I think I’ll try sky diving. I’ll be screaming the whole way down, but I think I’d like to try.”
What’s your goal for 2008? “To go to the Super Bowl.”
Isn’t that getting ahead of yourself? “Why else do you play?”
Tell us something nobody knows about you? “I come across as a shy guy, but I love to perform. I love to sing and I love to dance. I’ve got my dance moves down.
Do you sing publicly? “Oh no. I’m a shower guy, or in my car.”
So if somebody pulls up next to your Denali at a traffic light and sees you singing away, every things is cool? “Yeah, I’m doing pretty good then if I’m belting it out.”