The Shriners are known for their charitable acts across the world, their donation of time and money.
In David Carter’s case, they just gave him a chance. And that chance paid off.
Following a monster performance in the East-West Shrine Game following the season, the UCLA senior defensive tackle was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals with the 19th pick of the 6th round of the NFL Draft on Saturday, 184th overall. UCLA senior kicker Kai Forbath, the 2009 Lou Groza Award winner, was not drafted.
After consulting with a new personal coach who helped refine his hand placement, leverage and point of attack in December, Carter drew raves during Shrine Game practices and got on the draft radar.
“I showed my newfound tools,” Carter said. “That’s where everybody saw how I could do it. I was taught how to play the position, I had a good time, and made me some money, as my coach said.”
Carter, who had 41 tackles and 3.5 sacks during his senior year, his lone season as a starter, said the Carter household was lively on Saturday as first his brother, Chris, was selected with the 31st pick of the fifth round, 22 picks ahead of David.
“It was overwhelming to see him go, to see his emotions, and sure enough I went right after,” Carter said. “It was great. Everyone in the house was passing out. My girlfriend passed out, my mom fainted.
“Both her baby boys were drafted today.”