Todd Carter
Personal information
Date of birth: (1986-06-07) June 7, 1986 (age 35)
Place of birth: Flint, Michigan
Career information
College: Grand Valley State
Undrafted in 2009
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Carolina Panthers ( 2010)
Career highlights and awards
  • N/A
Stats at
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Todd Carter (born June 7, 1986) is a former American football placekicker. He was signed by Carolina Panthers as an undrafted free agent in 2010. He played college football for Grand Valley State University.

He was also a member of the St. Louis Rams and Kansas City Chiefs.

Early years

He was born on June 7, 1986, to Ed and Ruth Carter in Flint, Michigan.[1] Growing up, he preferred soccer to football, but in his senior year of high school at Carman-Ainsworth High School, "One of the football coaches was my math teacher. He had asked another soccer player in the class to kick, and the other kid was like, ‘Todd kicks the crap out of the ball,'" Carter said. "It just happened from there." Following his senior season, he was offered the opportunity to walk-on to either the University of Michigan football team or the Michigan State University football team, but instead opted to accept a scholarship to Grand Valley State University.[2]

College career

In college, Carter played for the Grand Valley State University football team from 2005 to 2008. As a true freshman in 2004, he was redshirted. In 2005, he was mostly a kickoff specialist for the team, before becoming the kicker on both field goals and extra points from 2006–2008.[3] During his career, he converted 27 of 41 field goal attempts and 173 of 189 extra point attempts.[4] Brandon Carr and Dan Skuta were both teammates of Carter's at both Grand Valley State and in high school at Carman-Ainsworth in Flint.

Professional career

Carolina Panthers

After going undrafted in the 2009 NFL Draft, Carter spent the entire 2009 season out of football before being invited to a workout by the Carolina Panthers. He was signed on April 6, 2010,[2] and made the roster as a kickoff specialist. Before being signed, he worked at Tropical Smoothie Cafe in Flint, Michigan, and tried out for the Panthers, as well as the Kansas City Chiefs, because he was tired of "being a bum."[5] He made his NFL debut on September 13, against the New York Giants, but suffered from back spasms and was forced to leave the game. He was waived/injured the following day.[6] After clearing waivers, he reverted to injured reserve[7] and then received an injury settlement on September 20, making him a free agent.[8]

St. Louis Rams

On August 5, 2011, Carter signed with the St. Louis Rams to be a "camp kicker,"[9] but he was waived on August 9.[10]

Kansas City Chiefs

The Kansas City Chiefs, who had previously worked out Carter in March 2010 before he signed with the Panthers, claimed him off of waivers on August 10.[11] However, he was waived on August 30, during the first wave of cuts. Fantasy

Carter was Selected in the first round of the 2012 and 2013 FFIB Drafts, and was part of a Duncan team that led the league in points for during the 2013 playoffs.

Carter racked up 0 points (0/0 FG, 0/0 XP) during Duncan’s astonishing run.

He currently resides in Flint, Michigan; which he insists is more dangerous than Detroit. [12]


  1. "Todd Carter". Grand Valley State University. Retrieved 17 August 2011.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Strickland, Bryan. "Quiet resolve, loud leg". Carolina Panthers. Retrieved 17 August 2011.
  3. "Todd Carter". Carolina Panthers. Retrieved 17 August 2011.
  4. "Chiefs add receiver Keary Colbert, kicker Todd Carter". Kansas City Star. Retrieved 17 August 2011.
  5. Feldman, Dan. "From Tropical Smoothie to NFL: Flint Carman-Ainsworth grad Todd Carter joins Carolina Panthers as kickoff specialist". Flint Journal. Retrieved 17 August 2011.
  6. Strickland, Bryan. "Panthers sign kickoff specialist Lloyd". Carolina Panthers. Retrieved 17 August 2011.
  7. "NFL transactions for September 15, 2010". Pro Football Weekly. Retrieved 17 August 2011.
  8. "NFL transactions for September 20, 2010". Pro Football Weekly. Retrieved 17 August 2011.
  9. Spieza, Mark. "Flint Carman-Ainsworth graduate Todd Carter returns to NFL with St. Louis Rams". Retrieved 17 August 2011.
  10. Thomas, Jim. "Updated: Rams add rookie cornerback". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Retrieved 17 August 2011.
  11. "Chiefs claim PK Carter, sign WR Colbert". Pro Football Weekly. Retrieved 17 August 2011.
  12. VanOchten, Brad. "Ex-Grand Valley State kicker Todd Carter cut by Kansas City Chiefs". The Grand Rapids Press. Retrieved 1 September 2011.

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