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Tank Carder

Tank Carder
Carder in 2015 preseason.
No. 59 Cleveland Browns
Position: Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1989-01-18) January 18, 1989
Place of birth: 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
Roster status: Active
Career NFL statistics as of Week 5, 2015
Tackles: 40
Sacks: 0
Interceptions: 0
Stats at

Tank Carder[1] (born January 18, 1989) is an American football linebacker for the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League. 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[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 19-21.[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.


On November 21, 2012, Carder sent a tweet calling another Twitter user a “faggot,”[8] leading to calls that he be fined and suspended.[9] The tweet was in response to a tweet about Call of Duty made by a satirical comedy account.[10] 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.”[11] Carder has since deleted the tweets[12] and apologized, claiming his tweets did not reflect his character.[13] The NFL did not impose any suspensions or fines.


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External links

  • Career statistics and player information from • ESPN • Pro-Football-Reference
  • Cleveland Browns bio
  • NFL Combine bio
  • TCU Horned Frogs bio
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