Brian Carpenter
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Personal information
Date of birth: (1960-11-27) November 27, 1960 (age 60)
Place of birth: Flint, Michigan
Career information
College: Michigan
NFL Draft: 1982 / Round: 4 / Pick: 101
(by the Dallas Cowboys)
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Dallas Cowboys ( 1982)*
Career highlights and awards
* Honorable-mention All-Big Ten (1980)
Games played     35
Interceptions     4
Fumble recoveries     2
Stats at
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Brian Milton Carpenter (born November 27, 1960) is a former American football in the cornerback in the National Football League (NFL) for the New York Giants (1982), the Washington Redskins (1983-1984), and the Buffalo Bills (1984). He played college football as a defensive back at the University of Michigan from 1978 to 1981.

Early years

Carpenter was born in Flint, Michigan, in 1960. He attended Flint Southwestern High School.[1]

College career

Carpenter enrolled at the University of Michigan in 1978 and played college football as a defensive back for Bo Schembechler's Michigan Wolverines football teams from 1978 to 1981.[2]

As a junior, he started 11 of 12 games at wide side cornerback for the 1980 Wolverines that compiled a 10-2 record, finished #4 in the AP and UPI polls, and outscored opponents 322 to 129.[3] Carpenter totaled 25 tackles, seven assists and five interceptions (tied for the team lead), including 2 against Indiana University.[4] He also was a part of a defense that didn't allow a touchdown for 22 consecutive quarters. In the 1981 Rose Bowl, he made an interception at Michigan's eight-yard line, to contribute to a 23-6 win over the University of Washington.

As a senior, he started 8 of 12 games and had one interception for the 1981 Wolverines, after missing three games with a sprained left ankle.[5] He was selected by the conference coaches as a second-team defensive back on the 1981 All-Big Ten Conference football team.[6] He finished with 6 career interceptions, played in two Big 10 championship teams (1978 and 198) and started in the Rose and Bluebonnet Bowls. Brian became a member of the Omega Psi Phi fraternity, phi Chapter at the University of Michigan in the Spring of 1980.

Professional football

Dallas Cowboys

Carpenter was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the fourth round (101st overall pick) of the 1982 NFL Draft.[1] He was waived on September 6.[7]

New York Giants

On September 16, 1982, he signed as a free agent with the New York Giants.[8] He appeared in four games, none of them as a starter.[1] He was released on August 28, 1983.[9]

Washington Redskins

On August 30, 1983, he was claimed off waivers by the Washington Redskins.[10] He appeared in 15 games, none as a starter. The next year, he appeared in four games as a backup, before being traded to the Buffalo Bills in exchange for a draft choice on September 19, 1984.[11]

Buffalo Bills

In 1984, he appeared in 13 games for the Buffalo Bills and saw his first action as an NFL starter, starting 10 games at left cornerback.[1] He was released on August 19, 1985.[12] During his three-year career, he appeared in 35 games, intercepted four passes and recovered two fumbles.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 "Brian Carpeneter". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved March 20, 2015.
  2. "Michigan Football Roster Database". University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library. Retrieved March 20, 2015.
  3. "1980 Football Team". University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library. Retrieved March 20, 2015.
  4. "Michigan Football Statistic Archive Query Page". University of Michigan. Archived from the original on 2007-11-12.'s statistics can be retrieved by typing "carpenter" into the space provided for the player's last name.)
  5. "1981 Football Team". University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library. Retrieved March 20, 2015.
  6. Randy Minkoff (November 25, 1981). "Name All Big Ten". The Bryan Times (UPI story): p. 19.,5449453.
  7. "Transactions". Ellensburg Daily Record. September 7, 1982.,6396732&hl=en.
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  10. "Steelers' Bradshaw On Injured Reserve".,7695148&hl=en. Retrieved April 30, 2017.
  11. "Oilers scoff At trade rumor".,6132096&hl=en. Retrieved April 30, 2017.
  12. "Transactions".,1120458&hl=en. Retrieved April 30, 2017.
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