Interview with former NFL Quarterback Jeff Carlson

Jeff Carlson is former NFL Quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New England Patriots. We here at hope you enjoy this interview. 

Youre originally from Los Angeles, but attended Weber State University in Utah. How did you end up there

I was receiving letters daily from about 40 different universities across the country, but when it came down to full scholarship offers, Weber State was the only one left.  The first year was tough to be away from California and in a small mountain city in Utah, but it worked out wonderfully and Ogden is one of my favorite places in the world.

You were selected in the fourth round of the 1989 draft? Where and who were you with on draft day

My parents had attended all of my games home and away, so there was no way they would miss draft day.  They came up to my apartment in Ogden and also with my girlfriend, we spent a long day playing Frisbee, waiting to hopefully hear something.  In those days, the first round was on TV, but then it was a basic blackout of information until your phone rings.  My phone rang a few times from friends checking in, but late in the afternoon I finally got that amazing call from the Los Angeles Rams.

Were you expecting to be selected in the draft (if so what round/team were you thinking it would be)? 

I was ranked the 6th or 7th best QB in the draft.  Troy Aikman was the obvious first pick, but not a lot of big names after that, except USC’s Rodney Peete, the Heisman Trophy runner-up.  I was predicted to go anywhere between the 3rd and 7th round, but being from a 1-AA program, anything was possible.  Going in the 4th round was awesome!  Based on pre-draft interest, I thought I had the best chance of going to the Cincinnati Bengals or Houston Oilers.

What was your favorite moment of your NFL career

My favorite moment in the NFL is really hard to determine because so many things were great and all of them were the fulfillment of a lifetime of work and sacrifice, but I am going to say that the very first preseason game with the Rams in Tokyo, Japan, when I put my game uniform on for the first time and my name was on the back of my jersey!  What an awesome thing that was!  And my parents were also there to share it!

Since retiring from the NFL, can you tell us what youve been up to

Since retiring (I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis while on the Denver Broncos) I immediately went into both TV and radio broadcasting, but that can be a volatile career with lots of moving around, so I went into pharmaceutical sales and have been there for over 23 years now.  I never stopped broadcasting though and have been working for Spectrum’s Bay News 9 for over 20 years.  I also privately train youth and high school QB’s as well.

Did you ever ask any opponents for an autograph

I never asked for an autograph or picture with any of my opponents or teammates in the NFL.  Sometimes I wish I had more momentos from my time in the NFL like photos with some of my teammates that wear gold jackets like Lawrence Taylor, Andre Tippett and Jackie Slater.  Also wouldn’t mind photos with other great teammates like Super Bowl MVP Phil Simms, Jeff Hostetler, Jim Everett, Vinny Testaverde and Irving Friar, just to name a few.

What is your favorite sports movie of all time and why?

No doubt “Rocky” is my favorite sports movie of all-time.  I was about 10 when it came out and it was just so inspiring for working out and making your dreams come true.

Whats the best piece of advice youve ever received?

To work like you are working for God and not man.  It motivates to always do your best work and give your best effort regardless of the situation.  It has helped me many times to work through difficult life situations with coaches, family and/or bosses.

What’s your favorite piece of advice to give?

To work harder and push yourself further than you think you can and you will not have regrets even if the result isn’t what you had hoped.

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