Detroit Lions defensive back Don Carey is getting ready to enter his ninth year in the National Football League. The former Booker T. Washington High School and Norfolk State University standout was a guest on the July 15th edition of High School Sports Talk Presented by VirginiaPreps.com on ESPN Radio 94.1 with Matthew Hatfield and Coach Ed Young.
While on the program, Carey talked about his rough beginnings that included growing up in a single-parent home in Grand Rapids, to his journey to the NFL. That path to the professional ranks included being a 2nd Team All-Eastern District selection his senior year with the Bookers and earning 2nd Team All-MEAC honors his junior and senior seasons at NSU.
Drafted in the sixth round of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns, Carey eventually became a starter in Jacksonville the next year, but had some ups and downs from a professional and personal standpoint that he discussed during the interview.
Once with the Lions, Carey flourished as a special teams ace with the club. In fact, his 30 tackles on special teams over the past two years are tops in all of pro football. Off the field, he's well-respected and was a finalist in 2016 for the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award.
Carey has a book entitled, "It's Not Because I'm Better Than You," that'll be coming out on October 15th. It's available for pre-order on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
Hear the Full Interview with Carey below...
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