Nov. 18, 2006
Greg Carr was an All-ACC Second-Team selection as a true freshman in 2005 after scoring the most touchdowns by a first-year FSU player (nine) since former Seminole tailback Warrick Dunn scored 10 times during the 1993 season.
Carr also was named Freshman All-America Third-Team, and was an All-ACC Freshman First-Team
selection by The Sporting News. He led the conference in touchdown receptions and ranked sixth with 59.3 receiving yards per game. Earlier this year, he was named Most Dependable Wide Receiver by the coaching staff in spring practice.
After reading those statistics, it’s easy to see that Greg Carr is “proud to wear the garnet and gold.”
Yet, all of those statistics almost never became a reality, at least not at Florida State.
Growing up in Riddick, Fla., Carr wanted to follow in the footsteps of his idol Charles Woodson and his initial decision was to play for the Michigan Wolverines. Carr’s deciding factor when he chose to play for Florida State was that he, “didn’t want to go too far from home and I still wanted to get away from home.”
Only two hours away from his home town, Tallahassee fit right into Carr’s plan.
The responsibilities of being a wideout at Florida State are vast because the bar at the position has been set extremely high by those Seminoles who have prospered at the position in the past. When you think about Florida State wide receivers, it is hard not to think of the catching ability of Anquan Bolden, the slashing
moves of Peter Warrick or the lightning speed of Laverneous Coles.
When asked what it means to be a Florida State wide receiver, Carr replied, “It means a lot because if you look at all the wide receivers from the past like Peter Warrick and Anquan Bolden … those guys really played a big role while they where here. To be able to follow in their footsteps means a lot to me because they were well respected when they were here.”
Carr is one of the many players chosen to represent Florida State football and all are great athletes. The honor of putting on his uniform each week is something Carr knows is very important to both himself and the players who have come before him.
“Playing for Florida State means a lot because the Seminoles are one of the most respected programs in all of college football,” Carr said. “Our fans really pay attention to our players because it is a privilege to wear the garnet and gold; not everybody gets to.”
Another gift that Carr receives each Saturday is the honor of being coached by Bobby Bowden, the all-time winningest coach in major college football history.
“It feels great to play for Coach Bowden,” Carr said. “He is a legend to the game and he is the top of the top. To be able to say he was my coach means a lot to me because he is a legend.”
Inside the Florida State Football locker room you will see trophy upon trophy, garnet and gold paint upon the walls, and a symbol that exemplifies what it means to wear the garnet and gold of Florida State.
Carr tells of how it feels to walk out of the locker room with the team each home game.
“It’s a feeling of just being really excited and seeing how all the fans are once you get to the field,” Carr explained. “It’s a great feeling to be able to play football and have fun. I’m just more relaxed once I get ready to walk out there on the field. With a packed house and die-hard fans sounding off each home game
who wouldn’t feel comfortable?”
When Carr puts on his uniform for Florida State, it’s not just a uniform — it’s a tradition built on prestige, hard work, dedication and a sense of being, “proud to wear the garnet and gold,” representing Florida State University.
By Placide Paul FSU Sports Information