Carl Lee (American football)



Carl Lee III (born February 6, 1961 in South Charleston, West Virginia) is a former American football cornerback in the National Football League. He was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the seventh round of the 1983 NFL Draft, and played with the Vikings for all but his final season with the New Orleans Saints. From 1995 to 2005, Lee was the head football coach at West Virginia State University and compiled an overall record of 34 wins and 75 losses (34–75) during his time with the Yellow Jackets.

He played college football at Marshall. In 1995, he was inducted into the Marshall University Athletics Hall of Fame for his collegiate career in baseball and track & field.[1]

Professional career

Minnesota Vikings

Lee was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the seventh round of the 1983 NFL Draft. He played 11 years for the team from 1983 to 1993. During that time he started 144 of 169 games and had 779 tackles, 31 interceptions, returning two for touchdowns. He made the Pro Bowl in 1988, 1989, 1990.

New Orleans Saints

In 1994 Lee joined the New Orleans Saints. In his only year with the team he started eight of 12 games, recording 28 tackles and two interceptions.

After the 1994 season Lee retired after 12 years in the NFL. He finished his career starting 152 of 181 games, recording 799 tackles, 31 interceptions, two touchdowns, and seven fumble recoveries.

Coaching career

Following his retirement from the NFL, in January 1996, Lee accepted the head coaching position at West Virginia State University.[2] After the 2005 season, he resigned his position as head coach, and during his ten seasons with the Yellow Jackets, Lee compiled an overall record of 34 wins and 75 losses (34–75).[3]

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
West Virginia State Yellow Jackets (West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) (1996–2005)
1996 West Virginia State 4–7 3–4 4th
1997 West Virginia State 5–6 3–4 T–4th
1998 West Virginia State 3–8 2–5 7th
1999 West Virginia State 5–5 2–4 T–4th
2000 West Virginia State 4–7 3–4 T–4th
2001 West Virginia State 4–7 2–5 7th
2002 West Virginia State 1–10 0–7 8th
2003 West Virginia State 3–8 3–4 T–4th
2004 West Virginia State 3–8 2–5 T–6th
2005 West Virginia State 2–9 2–6 T–7th
West Virginia State: 34–75 22–48
Total: 34–75
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title


  1. Marshall University Athletics Hall of Fame
  2. "Lee takes coaching job". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania): p. C6. January 12, 1996.
  3. 2009 West Virginia State Football Media Guide. Institute, West Virginia: West Virginia State University. 2009. p. 53. Retrieved January 21, 2012.

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Name Lee, Carl
Alternative names
Short description American football player and coach
Date of birth February 6, 1961
Place of birth South Charleston, West Virginia
Date of death
Place of death
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