Brandon Carr was born on May 19, 1986, in Flint, Michigan. He grew up the youngest son of John and Kathy Carr. After being a star football player at Carman-Ainsworth High School, he went on to further his career at Grand Valley State University where he competed on two national championship teams and also became a Division 2 All-American.
In 2008, The Kansas City Chiefs selected Brandon in the fifth round of the NFL draft. After playing four great seasons with the Chiefs, he had the opportunity to sign a contract with his childhood favorite team, the Dallas Cowboys. He has started every game since his arrival in Dallas and is the current leader in consecutive starts for an active cornerback in the NFL. He received the nickname “Iron Horse” while he was in Kansas City for being durable, reliable, and tough-minded, a nickname that still holds true to him today.
Brandon has accomplished a lot over his eight seasons as an NFL athlete, but what is most impressive is his work off the field serving the community. In 2012, he founded the Carr Cares Foundation, which is geared towards improving child literacy by helping young students become proficient readers. Along with the literacy initiatives, the Foundation also encourages children to live a healthy lifestyle through balanced nutrition and by being physically active.
In 2015, Brandon was nominated for the “Walter Payton Man of the Year Award,” a prestigious accolade that recognizes NFL athletes for their outstanding work in the community. He has received two nominations for the “Man of the Year Award” since his Foundation’s inception. In January, he received the “Oak Cliff Presidents Award” for his dedication to the community and his passion to help young students succeed. Brandon was also nominated by his teammates to receive the 2016 Byron “Whizzer” White NFL Man of the Year award.
In October of 2015, Brandon flew back to Michigan during his off week to open up three reading centers in his hometown of Flint, where students can get daily tutoring to help them read at grade level. He is also very active in the Dallas community offering reading programs, mentoring, feeding families for the holidays, and hosting his annual football camp.