American Football Database
Shante Carver
No. 96     
Defensive end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1971-02-12) February 12, 1971 (age 51)
Place of birth: Stockton, California
High School: Stockton (CA) Lincoln
Career information
College: Arizona State
NFL Draft: 1994 / Round: 1 / Pick: 23
Debuted in 1994 for the [[{{{debutteam}}}]]
Last played in 1997 for the [[{{{finalteam}}}]]
Career history
*Inactive and/or offseason member only
Career highlights and awards
Sacks     11.5
Fumble recoveries     1
Games played     52
Stats at
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Shante Carver (born February 12, 1971, Stockton, California, United States) is a former American football defensive end in the National Football League. He played for the Dallas Cowboys from 1994–1997, and later in the Arena Football League with the Dallas Desperados (2001–2004). He played college football at Arizona State University.

Early years

Carver attended Lincoln High School where he played defensive end and tight end, receiving All-state honors as a senior. He also practiced basketball.

He accepted a scholarship from Arizona State University, where at defensive end, he became one of the best pass rushers in the nation. During his sophomore year he was dismissed from the school, but was later admitted back.

Carver was a three-year starter, that recorded double-figure sacks in each of his collegiate seasons: 10 as a freshman, 11 as a sophomore, 10 as a junior and 10 as a senior. He had 20-or-more quarterback pressures and was named the team defensive MVP, in all but his freshman year..[1]

He was a two-time All-American and All-Pac-10 (1992 and 1993) and a finalist for the Outland Trophy. He also walked on to the basketball team and earned a letter.

Carver had a dominant senior year in which the defensive unit was nicknamed "Shante's Inferno", leading his team in tackles (79) (from his defensive end position), tackles for loss (17), and sacks (10.0). He broke the school career record with 41 career sacks, that was eventually broken by Terrell Suggs.

In 2012, he was inducted into the Arizona State University Sports Hall of Fame.

Professional career

Dallas Cowboys

Looking for a successor for Charles Haley and Tony Tolbert, the Dallas Cowboys drafted Carver in the first round of the 1994 NFL Draft. In his rookie season he only played in 7 games because of injuries. He also made news after suffering an automobile accident, abandoning his truck, then reporting it as stolen.[2]

In 1995 he did not have a good regular season, but while Charles Haley was injured, had a chance to start the last regular season game, 2 playoff games and also contributed as a backup in Super Bowl XXX, with a then career high 5 tackles. The Cowboys drafted Kavika Pittman in the 1996 NFL Draft, to have a replacement ready in case his lack of production continued.

In 1996 he was suspended six games for repeated violations of the league's anti-drug policy.[3] In 1997, he finished the season with a team-leading six sacks and also had three tackles for loss. The team did not resign him at the end of the season, finishing his career with 26 starts in four seasons, 11.5 sacks and never forced a turnover or recovered a fumble.

B.C. Lions (CFL)

He signed with the B.C. Lions, but was released before the 2000 season started.[4]

Memphis Maniax (XFL)

Carver joined the Memphis Maniax of the XFL for its lone season in 2001. After recording 32 tackles 4 sacks and 1 interception, he was recognized as one of the league's best defensive players and was named to the All-XFL team.[5] He also is remembered for delivering a particularly spectacular sack on Orlando Rage quarterback Jeff Brohm.[6]

Dallas Desperados (AFL)

After the XFL folded, Carver joined the Dallas Desperados in 2002 and earned AFL All-Rookie honors after registering 16 tackles, 2.5 sacks and 2 interceptions.[7] He played for the team three years, retiring at the end of the 2004 season.[8]

Personal life

Carver spent time as a football assistant coach at Scottsdale Community College.


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