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Tank Carder

Tank Carder
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Carder in 2015 preseason.
Free agent
Personal information
Born: (1989-01-18) January 18, 1989 (age 30)
Sweeny, Texas
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:235 lb (107 kg)
Career information
High school:Sweeny (TX)
College:Texas Christian
NFL Draft:2012 / Round: 5 / Pick: 147
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career NFL statistics as of 2017

Ricky "Tank" Carder Jr.[1] (born January 18, 1989) is an American football linebacker who is currently a free agent. Carder played college football at TCU. He was a 2010 All-American selection by the American Football Coaches Association.[2]

Early life

When he was 10 years old, Carder was a BMX World Champion. Battled back from a life-threatening injury at age 13, when he sustained a broken back, broken ribs, a punctured diaphragm and punctured lung after being thrown from a vehicle, which then rolled over him.[3]

Carder attended Sweeny High School in Texas, where he accounted for 1,200 yards of offense and 116 tackles on defense in his senior year. He was regarded as a two-star recruit by Rivals.com.[4]

College career

Four-year letterman at Texas Christian University, where he was named a two-time Mountain West Conference Defensive Player of the Year (2010, 2011).

In the 2011 Rose Bowl, Carder was named Defensive MVP of the Game. He batted down a two-point conversion pass late in the fourth quarter that would have tied the game to go into overtime but secured the win for TCU with a final score of 21-19.[5]

Professional career

Buffalo Bills

Carder was selected in the fifth round, 147th overall, in the 2012 NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills.[6] On August 31, 2012, the Bills released Carder for final roster cuts.

Cleveland Browns

Carder was claimed off waivers by the Cleveland Browns on September 4, 2012.[7] He has played in 30 career games, with two starts at linebacker, and is a primary contributor on special teams.

The Browns re-signed Carder on March 7, 2016.[8][9]

In the second preseason game of 2017, Carder suffered a torn ACL and was ruled out for the season.[10][11]

On March 26, 2018, Carder re-signed with the Browns.[12] He was released by the Browns on June 5, 2018.[13]


On November 21, 2012, Carder sent a tweet calling another Twitter user a "faggot,"[14] leading to calls that he be fined and suspended.[15] The tweet was in response to a tweet about Call of Duty made by a satirical comedy account.[16] Carder stood by his statements, tweeting "I don't agree with being gay or lesbian at all, but saying faggot doesn't make me a homophobe, it's just a word."[17] Carder has since deleted the tweets[18] and apologized, claiming his tweets did not reflect his character.[19] The NFL did not impose any suspensions or fines.


  1. ^ Evans, Thayer (January 4, 2010). "From Broken Boy to T.C.U. Tackler". The New York Times.
  2. ^ "Oregon's James Headlines 2010 FBS Coaches' All-America Team". AFCA. November 29, 2010. Archived from the original on November 30, 2010.
  3. ^ "Storied past just part of Carder's tale". Buffalo News. April 29, 2012. Retrieved 2012.
  4. ^ "Tank Carder Recruiting Profile". Rivals.com.
  5. ^ "Carder comes up clutch". FOX Sports on MSN. January 1, 2011. Retrieved 2011.
  6. ^ "TCU LB Tank Carder Drafted By Buffalo Bills". CBSLocal.com. April 30, 2012. Retrieved 2014.
  7. ^ Ingro, Sam (September 4, 2012). "Cleveland Browns Waiver Pickup Tank Carder Could Play Big Role Early in Season". BuckEyeStateSports.com. Retrieved 2014.
  8. ^ "Browns re-sign LB Tank Carder; sign DL Jamie Meder, RB Raheem Mostert". ClevelandBrowns.com. March 7, 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  9. ^ Alper, Josh (March 7, 2016). "Browns tender Terrelle Pryor, three other restricted free agents". NBCSports.com. Retrieved 2016.
  10. ^ Gribble, Andrew (August 22, 2017). "Browns veteran LB Tank Carder out for season". ClevelandBrowns.com.
  11. ^ "Browns place LB Tank Carder, OL Matt McCants on IR; waive DB Justin Currie". ClevelandBrowns.com. August 23, 2017.
  12. ^ "Browns re-sign LB Tank Carder". ClevelandBrowns.com. March 26, 2018.
  13. ^ "Browns sign LB Mychal Kendricks". ClevelandBrowns.com. June 5, 2018.
  14. ^ Zeigler, Cyd. "Cleveland Browns linebacker Tank Carder Tweets 'faggot,' doesn't agree with being gay". OutSports.com. Vox Media, Inc. Archived from the original on November 27, 2012. Retrieved 2012.
  15. ^ Zeigler, Cyd. "Tank Carder thinks you're an idiot, issues non-apology". Outsports.com. Vox Media, Inc. Archived from the original on December 1, 2012. Retrieved 2012.
  16. ^ Newell, Sean. "Browns Linebacker Tank Carder Follows Awful Comedy Accounts On Twitter, Tells One "Your A Faggot" When He Misses The Joke". Deadspin.com. Gawker Media. Retrieved 2012.
  17. ^ Brathwaite, Lester. "Cleveland Browns Linebacker Tweets F-Bomb Doesn't "Agree" With Being Gay". Queerty.com. Queerty, Inc.
  18. ^ Smith, Michael David. "Browns' Tank Carder apologizes for using homophobic slur". nbcsports.com. NBC Sports. Retrieved 2012.
  19. ^ Reed, Tom (November 26, 2012). "Cleveland Browns rookie apologizes for anti-gay remark on Twitter". Cleveland Plain Dealer. Retrieved 2012.

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