Carson Palmer is a former NFL quarterback who played for the Cincinnati Bengals, the Oakland Raiders, and the Arizona Cardinals in 15 seasons of his HFL career. Palmer played college football from 1998 until he was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the 2003 NFL Draft’s first-ever all-star selection.
He played eight seasons with the Bengals before moving to the Oakland Raiders, where he played two seasons before moving to the Arizona Raiders in 2013. He remained with the Cardinals until January 2018, when he announced his retirement.
As a college player, Carson Palmer won the 2002 Heisman Trophy. Here you will find everything you need to know about this sensational player.
Carson Palmer Biography
Carson was born in Fresno, California, on December 27, 1979, to Dana and Bill Palmer as Carson Hilton Palmer. He was just in the seventh grade when he began showing remarkable arm strength, which led his father to enroll him in a private class where he would later be taught by quarterback guru Bob Johnson.
Carson Palmer has three siblings – two brothers and one sister. His brothers’ names are Jordan and Robert. His sister, Jennifer Santos Jordan, is an American indoor soccer player who currently plays for the Tennessee Titans.
During his studies at the Catholic High School Margarita, Rancho Santa Margarita, California, he was a member of the school soccer team and played as QB. He was so good that people from the university community came to see him play. After his junior years, he received offers from big teams like Notre Dame, USC, Miami (Florida), Colorado, and even from the state of San Diego.
During his senior years, Palmer became one of the most valued players ever to come out of Santa Margarita Catholic High School. He led Orange County with a quarterback rating of 203.9 and was soon named the first team in the All-League and All-CIF.
After high school, Carson played college football for USC and even won the Heisman Trophy in 2002, after being nominated for the award alongside Brad Banks and Larry Johnson, whom he beat to emerge victoriously.
He was the fifth player and first USC quarterback ever to win this award. His career at USC ended with 72 pass touchdowns, 49 interceptions, 927 finishes, 1,569 tries, and 11,818 pass yards.
He began his professional career in 2003 when he was selected by the Cincinnati Bengals in the first-ever overall selection for the 2003 NFL Draft. His six-year, $42.69 million contracts saw him stay with the Bengals for eight seasons before moving to the Oakland Raiders in the 2011 season.
Interestingly, Carson did not play with the Bengals for his entire rookie season but had to learn the position both during the games and in training under head coach Marvin Lewis and quarterback coach Ken Zampese. After learning the position during his rookie season, he made his NFL debut against the New York Jets in 2004.
In 2011, he moved to the Oakland Raiders, where he spent two seasons before being officially transferred to the Arizona Cardinals in April 2013, for a selection in the sixth round of the 2013 NFL Draft and a conditional selection in the 2014 NFL Draft. He remained with the Cardinals until he announced his retirement in 2018.
At the time of his resignation, he finished 12th in both the Passing Yard and Passing Touchdown with 46,247 and 294 points respectively. During his NFL career, he won the NFL Alumni Quarterback of the Year (2005), the FedEx Player of the Year Award (2005, 2015), the SN Comeback Player of the Year Award (2015), and the Ed Block Court Award (2006).
The former quarterback has worked hard to build both his career and his net worth, currently estimated at $110 million. He was named one of the richest NFL players of all time in 2017.
Carson Palmer’s Family – Wife (Shaelyn) & Brother
Carson has been married to former USC footballer Shaelyn since July 2003. Shaelyn was the starting goalkeeper of the Trojan women’s football team. The couple met in the fall of 1998 during an introductory event at USC and stayed together until they tied the knot in Pebble Beach, California in 2003.
In January 2009, the couple welcomed a set of twins – son Fletch and daughter Elle. Later they welcomed another daughter named Bries. The latest addition to the family is a son who arrived in 2016 just before the Super Bowl.
Palmer’s brother, Jordan Palmer, was his best man at the wedding. Jordan played quarterback at the University of Texas at El Paso.
His Height And Other Facts
The former NFL player is quite tall with 1.96 m and a weight of 107 kg.
Carson is a devout Christian and is not ashamed to talk about his faith and beliefs. He has said he’s been a Christian for as long as he can remember and has always been in church with his family during high school and even during college.