Virgil Carter Athlete Profile

#14 Virgil Carter

Position: Quarterback Height: 6-1 Weight: 176 Roster Years: 1963-1966 Hometown: Provo, UT Hall of Fame: 1977

  • 1977 Football



  • Drafted in the 6th round of the 1967 NFL Draft by the Chicago Bears Spent seven season in the NFL with the Bears, Bengals and Chargers
  • Led the NFL in pass completion percentage and was third in overall passing statistics in 1971

Academic All-America

  • 1965 CoSIDA

1977 Hall of Fame Inductee

As a football player at BYU, Virg set 6 NCAA records. 19 WAC records, and 24 BYU records. He was named All-Conference during his junior and senior years, and also WAC Player of the Year both years. He received the Dale Rex Memorial Award in 1967 for his contribution to amateur athletics in Utah, and received All-American honorable mention. Along with his athletic accomplishments, Virg also received academic recognition. He was named BYU Outstanding Senior in the college of Physical and Engineering Sciences and was Scholastic All-American for two years.

From 1967-76 Virg played professional football with the Chicago Bears, Cincinnati Bengals, and Chicago Fire. He was captain of the Bengal team. In 1971 he led the NFL in pass completion percentage and was third in overall passing statistics. He was named Most Valuable Player in 1968, 1971, and 1974, and received the Man of Year Award in Sacrament, California in 1971 for his contribution to athletics.

Virg married Judy Green in 1967, and they are the parents of a son, Chad Alexander. Virg retired from professional football in 1976. Since his retirement, he has been involved in sportscasting and often fills speaking engagements on radio and television.

Personal

  • Father is Harold Carter, a Provo school teacher
  • Came to BYU on an academic scholarship
  • Nicknamed the "Blue Darter"
  • Majored in statistics
  • Married Judy and is the father of two sons

Career Highlights

  • Set 6 NCAA records, 19 WAC records and 24 BYU records
  • Was named All-Conference during his junior and senior years
  • Was All-WAC and WAC Player of the Year his junior and senior years
  • Received the Dale Rex Memorial Award in 1967

Before BYU

  • Prepped at Folsom High in Sacramento, Calif., where he was coached by D. Guerra
  • Scholastic All-American for two years

After BYU

  • Played professional football with the Chicago Bears, Cincinnati Bengals and Chicago Fire
  • Retired from professional football in 1976
  • Since his retirement, he has been involved in sportscasting and fills speaking engagements on radio and televisio

Post BYU Honors and Societies

  • Was captain of the Bengal team
  • In 1971 he led the NFL in pass completion percentage and was third in overall passing statistics
  • Named Most Valuable Player in 1968, 1971, and 1974
  • Received the Man of Year Award in Sacramento, California in 1971 for his contribution to athletics
  • Inducted into the BYU Hall of Fame in 1977

Stats

CARTER'S CAREER STATS
YR     GM     ATT-CMP-INT     PCT     YDS     TD
1964   10     193-66-14       34.2   1154      9
1965   10     250-120-13      48.0   1793     20
1966   10     293-141-16      48.1   2182     21


1963 | Freshman Year

  • Set BYU freshman passing and scoring records

1964 | Sophomore Year

  • Academic All-WAC
  • Rushed and passed for 170 yards in his first game against Oregon

1965 | Junior Year

  • All-Western Athletic Conference and WAC Player of the Year
  • Academic All-WAC
  • Broke Eldon Fortie's record with 2,263 yards in 10 games
  • Ranked third in the NCAA in total offense and 11th in passing

1966 | Senior Year

  • Set 6 NCAA records, 19 Western Athletic Conference records, and 24 BYU records
  • All-WAC and WAC Player of the Year
  • WAC Player of the Week on back-to-back weeks vs. Arizona and UTEP
  • Received the Dale Rex Memorial Award for his contribution to amateur athletics in Utah
  • All-American honorable mention
  • Named BYU Outstanding Senior in the college of Physical and Engineering Sciences
  • BYU's first CoSida Academic All-American
  • Led the NCAA in TD passes and total offense and set an NCAA record for 599 yards total offense against UTEP
  • Finished 11th in the 1966 Heisman Trophy balloting