Friday, March 31, 2006

A Blast from the Past: Number 88, WR, Mark Carrier

Before Joey Galloway, Joe Jurevicius, Keenan McCardell and even Keyshawn Johnson there was Mark Carrier arguably one of the best wide receivers in Buccaneer history.

Mark Carrier was drafted in 1987 by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 3rd round out of Nicholls StateUniversity, located in Thibodaux, Louisiana .

As promised here is this weeks "A Blast from the Past". This is my way to pay tribute to the great Buccaneer players of the past. Some of these players are in our hearts as Buccaneer fans, but will never be honored any other way. This week I picked Mark Carrier, Wide Receiver for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Like most of the great Buccaneers from the past Carrier never played on a playoff team.

Carrier was the 1st Buccaneer wide receiver to ever make a Pro-Bowl appearance. He did this in 1989 after he had a career high 89 passes for 1,422 yards and nine touchdowns. Keyshawn Johnson is the only other WR to come close to Carriers Single Season record with 1,266 in 2001.

Mark Carrier played for the Buccaneers from 1987-1992.

Then he became an unrestricted free agent and signed with Cleveland for the 1993 season and played with them through the 1994 season.

Carrier then moved to the expansion team the Carolina Panthers, where he played for Carolina from 1995-1998.

Carrier at the end of his Buccaneer career had: 5,018 receiving yards which rank's No. 1 all time in Bucs history. He also had 321 receptions which ranked 2nd all-time behind RUNNING BACK, James Wilder (He was the man) Carrier also scored 27 touchdowns.

Carrier holds the single game receiving record for the Bucs with 212 yards receiving which came against the New Orleans Saints in 1987.

Mark Carrier was selected by the Pewter Report as the number 17th greatest Buc of all time and tagged "5,000 yard man".

Carrier was named as the 15th Greatest Buccaneer Player of all-time by BUCPOWER.COM in 2003.

I really enjoyed watching Carrier play. I even enjoyed him in Carolina, when the Panthers were not in our Division of Course.


dolphinfan said...

I had forgotten about Maek Carrier! He was really, really good and a man before his time.

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