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Vernon Carey
File:Vernon Carey.jpg
Carey with the Dolphins in 2011.
No. 72     
Tackle / Guard
Personal information
Date of birth: (1981-07-31) July 31, 1981 (age 41)
Place of birth: Miami, Florida
Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) Weight: 340 lb (154 kg)
Career information
College: Miami (Fla.)
NFL Draft: 2004 / Round: 1 / Pick: 19
Debuted in 2004 for the Miami Dolphins
Last played in 2011 for the Miami Dolphins
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2011
Games played     121
Games started     107
Fumble recoveries     8
Stats at
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Vernon A. Carey (born July 31, 1981) is a former American football offensive tackle who played for eight seasons in the National Football League (NFL) for the Miami Dolphins. He was drafted by the Dolphins 19th overall in the 2004 NFL Draft after playing college football at the University of Miami.

Early years

Carey lettered in football and basketball at Miami Northwestern High School in Miami, Florida. He did not allow a sack during his junior and senior seasons, and was named as a Parade and USA Today first-team All-America pick as a senior. He also earned first team Class 6A All-State honors, and helped guide Northwestern to the Florida Class 6A state title.

College career

Carey was a four-year letterman at University of Miami from 2000 to 2003. In 1999, Carey was redshirted and was a member of the Hurricanes' scout team.

He played in eight games as a redshirt freshman in 2000. As a sophomore, Carey played in every game including one start, when he stepped in for injured left tackle Bryant McKinnie for the season finale against Virginia Tech. He started all 12 games at right offensive tackle as a junior, collecting eight touchdown-resulting blocks and 79 key blocks (42 pancakes). For his efforts, he was named as a second-team All-Big East Conference selection. He started 11 games as a senior, moving to left guard in spring drills after starting at right tackle as a junior. As a senior, he was named as a third-team All-America choice by the Associated Press and College Football News. He also earned second-team All-Big East Conference honors from the media. Carey led the Hurricanes in key blocks (knockdowns/pancakes) as both a junior and senior.

Professional career

Miami Dolphins

2004 season

Carey was a first-round draft choice (19th overall) of his hometown Miami Dolphins in the 2004 NFL Draft. He was the third offensive lineman selected, behind only Iowa offensive tackle Robert Gallery (2nd, Oakland Raiders) and Arkansas offensive guard Shawn Andrews (16th, Philadelphia Eagles). The Dolphin signed Carey to a five-year, $8.6 million deal. Carey earned $6.3 million in total salary in his first year.

Carey was tried at both tackle and guard during training camp his rookie season. He went on to play in 14 games, including two starts. The first of his NFL career came when he opened at right tackle in place of the injured John St. Clair (ankle) at the New England Patriots on October 10. He also opened at that spot the following week at the Buffalo Bills. Carey struggled at times during his rookie campaign, but showed enough promise to be a solid starter in the near future.

2005 season

Carey was originally planned to be the starter at left tackle in 2005, but he was shifted to right tackle in August. He went on to play in all 16 games, including 14 starts at right tackle. He secured the right tackle job following the benching of Stockar McDougle after Week 6. Carey was part of a line that yielded just 26 sacks—the fourth-lowest total in the NFL—and led a running game that averaged 118.6 yards an outing and 4.3 yards per rush attempt, which ranked seventh and fourth in the AFC. He took part in all but one offensive snap over the final 11 weeks of the season.

2006 season

The team once again considered moving Carey in 2006 - this time to right guard - however that notion was quickly abandoned. During a season when the Dolphins' offensive line mightily struggled early in the year, Carey was the lone bright spot. Starting all 16 games of the year at right tackle, Carey was by far the Dolphins' most consistent and productive offensive lineman.

2007 season

During a news conference that occurred during the first day of the 2007 NFL Draft, Coach Cam Cameron announced that Carey is now the team's starting left tackle.

2008 season

With the Miami Dolphins drafting Jake Long as the number one pick, Carey was moved to the right tackle spot where started all 16 games in 2008. According to Pro Football Focus, Carey was rated the 7th best tackle in the NFL. He only yielded 6 sacks during the entire season with 6 QB hits and 13 QB pressures.[1]

2009 season

In 2009, Carey started all 16 games for the Dolphins at the right tackle spot. As of January 3, 2010, Carey has started 74 straight games for the Dolphins heading into the offseason.[2] Carey gave up only 4 sacks in 2009.[3]

2010 season

In 2010, Carey started just 12 games for the Dolphins at Right tackle. He missed four games due to injuries.

2011 season

In 2011, Carey started 15 games at right guard position while missing just one game.


On August 5, 2012, Carey announced his retirement from football.[4][5][6] He became an assistant football coach at Miami Northwestern High School.


Vernon wedded LaTavia, his long-time girlfriend, in October 2004. The couple has a son, Vernon, Jr. and twins, son Jaylen, and daughter, Taelynn. They reside in Miramar, Florida. Growing up, the Miami Dolphins were his favorite sports team and Reggie White was his favorite athlete, Carey lists "Martin" as favorite television show, Biggie Smalls as favorite recording artist and The Bible as favorite book.[7] He holds a B.A. in liberal arts from Miami.


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