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Ki-Jana Carter

Ki-Jana Carter
No. 32, 23
Position: Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1973-09-12) September 12, 1973
Place of birth: Westerville, Ohio
Height: 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight: 226 lb (103 kg)
Career information
High school: Westerville (OH) South
College: Penn State
NFL draft: 1995 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played: 59
Games started: 14
Attempts: 319
Rushing yards: 1,144
Touchdowns: 20
Stats at
Stats at

Kenneth Leonard "Ki-Jana" Carter (; born September 12, 1973) is a former American college and professional football player who was a running back in the National Football League (NFL) for seven seasons. He played college football for Penn State University, and earned All-American honors. He was the No. 1 draft pick in the 1995 NFL Draft, and he played professionally for the Cincinnati Bengals, Washington Redskins and New Orleans Saints, but his career was cut short by an injury to his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL).


  • Early years 1
  • College career 2
  • Professional career 3
  • Injuries 4
  • Life after football 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Early years

Carter was born in Westerville, Ohio.[1] His nickname, "Ki-Jana", is from a character in the movie Shaft in Africa and he has gone by that name since his birth.[2] At Westerville South High School,[3] he starred in football, basketball, and track. In football, he was a 1991 Parade magazine high school All-American.

College career

Carter attended Pennsylvania State University, where he was a standout player for coach [4] The Tournament of Roses Association announced his induction into the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame as a member of the Class of 2014,[5] a ceremony that took place in December 2014.[6]

 Regular Season Rushing Receiving Kickoff Returns
Season Team Att Yds Avg Lg TD Rec Yds Avg Lg TD No Yds Avg Lg TD
1992 Penn State 42 264 6.3 54 4 0 0 -- 0 0 4 76 19.0 0
1993 Penn State 155 1026 6.6 63 7 6 49 8.2 16 0 3 71 23.7 0
1994 Penn State 198 1539 7.8 80 23 14 123 8.8 32 0 4 81 20.3 0
Total 3 seasons 395 2829 7.2 80 34 20 172 8.6 32 0 11 228 20.7 0
 Post Season Rushing Receiving
Bowl Game Opponent Att Yds Avg Lg TD Rec Yds Avg Lg TD
1993 Blockbuster Bowl Stanford 3 7 2.3 0 0 0 -- 0 0
1994 Florida Citrus Bowl Tennessee 19 93 4.9 2 0 0 -- 0 0
1995 Rose Bowl Oregon 21 156 7.8 83t 3 1 2 2.0 2 0
Total 3 Bowl Games 43 256 6.0 83t 5 1 2 2.0 2 0

Professional career

The Cincinnati Bengals selected Carter with the first overall pick of the 1995 NFL Draft,[7] and he played for the Bengals from 1996 to 1999.[1] They acquired the first pick in a trade with the expansion Carolina Panthers.

Carter signed a seven-year, $19.2 million deal which included a $7.125 million signing bonus, which at the time was an NFL record contract for a rookie. There were also incentive clauses such as making an extra $100,000 if he scored 12 touchdowns in a season.[8]

He played for the Washington Redskins in 2001, and the New Orleans Saints from 2003 to 2004.[9] In seven NFL seasons, he played in 59 games, started 14 of them, and compiled 1,144 rushing yards and 20 touchdowns on 319 attempts, and 66 receptions for 469 yards and a touchdown.[9]

In 2002, Carter was cut by the Green Bay Packers when they trimmed their roster down to 65 players.[10]


Often considered a "bust" by media given where he was drafted, Carter was seemingly beset with injuries from his rookie season on.

Carter tore a ligament in his knee on his third carry of his first preseason game of his rookie year, and never fully recovered. He missed the entire 1995 season.[11]

In 1997, he suffered a torn rotator cuff in his left shoulder with fears that he would miss the entire season.[12]

In 1998, he missed the entire season after breaking his left wrist in a game against the Tennessee Titans.[13]

In 1999, he again missed the entire season after dislocating his right kneecap in a game against the Carolina Panthers.[14]

Life after football

Carter is now an entrepreneur and sports blogger at[15] He founded Byoglobe, a sanitation technology company specializing in disinfection of MRSA-prone facilities, in 2008.[16] He serves as the Sunrise, Florida-based company's chief executive officer.[17]


  1. ^ a b National Football League, Historical Players, Ki-Jana Carter. Retrieved February 5, 2012.
  2. ^ Tate, Skip. "Ki-Jana Comes Back". Cincinnati Magazine, August 1996, p. 32. Retrieved on May 3, 2015.
  3. ^, Players, Ki-Jana Carter. Retrieved February 5, 2012.
  4. ^ Associated Press. "Carter decides to turn pro". Ludington Daily News, January 10, 1995, p. 7. Retrieved on May 3, 2015.
  5. ^ Knute Rockne, Dick Vermeil and Ki-Jana Carter to be Inducted into the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame, Tournament of Roses Association, August 26, 2014
  6. ^ Angell, Jardyn. "Twenty years later, Penn State's Carter is 'salivating' for a playoff". National Sports Journalism Center, December 31, 2014. Retrieved on May 3, 2015.
  7. ^ Pro Football Hall of Fame, Draft History, 1995 National Football League Draft. Retrieved February 5, 2012.
  8. ^
  9. ^ a b, Players, Ki-Jana Carter. Retrieved February 5, 2012.
  10. ^
  11. ^ Associated Press. "Bengals' Carter out for season". Observer-Reporter, August 19, 1995, p. B1. Retrieved on May 3, 2015.
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  15. ^ "Ki-Jana Carter Profile". OPEN Sports Network. Retrieved 2008-11-25. 
  16. ^ "Contact Byoglobe". Retrieved 2009-05-27. 
  17. ^ "Contact Byoglobe". Retrieved 2009-05-27. 

External links

  • "Carter won't wallow", April 27, 2007
  • Ki-Jana Carter blog entries, OPEN Sports Network
  • Byoglobe website
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