In Memorium: Freddie Carr '65 - As Written by His Daughter, Karsetta Carr
The College Legend
Fred Carr, a phoenix native born in 1946, has been described as “Size, strength and speed wrapped in an incredible athletic package”. Fred, 6’5, 238 pounds and able to run the 40-yard dash in 4.6 seconds, was a star athlete while at Phoenix Union High School. He was voted Arizona Athlete of the Year in 1963 after lettering in football, basketball and track. He also set school track and field records in shot-put and discus. Fred was a top ten discus throwers in the USA his senior year.
In 1964, the best college in the land at football, track and field, golf and wrestling was Phoenix College. Their football team was considered one of the finest junior college teams ever assembled and one of the most talented member of that team was Fred Alton Carr, according to the July 1997 article in an issue of Harnett’s Sports Arizona, Arizona’s 50 Greatest Athletes. This team dismantled Oklahoma Military, 41-13, to win the national championship in the inaugural National Junior College Athletic Association Shrine Bowl in Georgia. Fred was elected to the Phoenix College Alumni Association (PCAA) Hall of Fame in 2002.
After a successful year at Phoenix College, he attended the University of Texas- El Paso (UTEP), where he was considered the finest linebacker in the school’s history. He led the Miners to a pair of Sun Bowl wins in 1965 and 1967. In 1968, he became the highest overall draft pick in school history. He was named All-American in 1967 and also played on UTEP’s NCAA tournament basketball team where he averaged 10 rebounds that season. Fred Carr left his mark in the UTEP record book, ranking seventh all-time in career tackles (410), eighth in season tackles (148) and seventh in career solo tackles (228).In 1967, he notched a career best of 20 stops in a win over Colorado State. Carr was named to the UTEP Football Centennial Team in 2014 and was inducted in the UTEP Hall of Fame, September 25, 2005.
“There is no question that he is the greatest college football player in the country,” former Green Bay Packers head coach Vince Lombardi said on draft day. “Regardless of what our needs are, we had to take him. He was the number one athlete on our books. We just felt we couldn’t pass him up.”
He was a first- round draft pick (5th overall) for the Green Bay Packers in 1968. He was a brute force and his tackling was compared to that of Dick Butkus. He recovered 15 fumbles and intercepted eight passes, returning one for a touchdown as a Packer. He blocked 6 kicks in 1976 alone. He drew All-Pro notice five times, and was selected to the Pro Bowl three times( 1971, 1973, 1975) and was the Defensive MVP of the 1971 Pro-Bowl. He was defensive captain from 1975 to 1977. He earned a reputation as one of the most durable players in Packers history by playing 140 consecutive games and starting 112 games over a 10 year period from 1968 to 1977.
He was also selected to the Green Bay Packers All- Modern Era team as the right linebacker. He was also selected to The Sporting News’ first-team All- NFL Team in 1975 and was considered team leader on the 1972 Packers team that beat Minnesota’s Purple People Eaters handily to win the NFC Central Division title. He was inducted in the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame in 1983.
Fred Carr’s memory and legacy as a Phoenix College Bear is cemented in PC’s history. Mr. Carr passed away on February 19, 2018. Did you know Freddie Carr? Submit a memory to his guest book.