Cooper Morrison Carlisle (born August 11, 1977) is an American former college and professional football player who was a guard in the National Football League (NFL) for thirteen seasons. Carlisle played college football for the University of Florida, where he was a member of a national championship team. He was drafted in the fourth round of the 2000 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos, and has played professionally for the Broncos and Oakland Raiders of the NFL.
Carlisle in 2009
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|Born:||August 11, 1977|
|Height:||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Weight:||310 lb (141 kg)|
|High school:||McComb (MS)|
|NFL Draft:||2000 / Round: 4 / Pick: 113|
|Career highlights and awards|
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|Player stats at PFR|
Carlisle was born in Greenville, Mississippi in 1977. He attended McComb High School in McComb, Mississippi, and he played for the McComb Tigers high school football team. Carlisle graduated from McComb in 1995 and, according to the Enterprise Journal, was the most sought-after college football recruit that year. He was a first-team Mississippi all-state selection as a senior, and received high school All-America honors from Blue Chip Illustrated and USA Today.
Carlisle accepted an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where he played for coach Steve Spurrier's Florida Gators football team from 1996 to 1999. The Gators coaching staff red-shirted Carlisle in 1995, but he was a letterman on the 1996 Gators' Bowl Alliance national championship team that defeated the Florida State Seminoles 52–20 in the Sugar Bowl. As a senior in 1999, he was a team captain and a first-team All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) selection.
Carlisle was recognized as an SEC Academic Honor Roll honoree all four years, and graduated from Florida with a bachelor's degree in finance in 1999.
The Denver Broncos selected Carlisle in the fourth round (113th pick overall) in the 2000 NFL Draft, and he played for the Broncos for seven seasons from 2000 to 2006. Carlisle became a regular starter in 2005, and started in his last thirty regular season games for the Broncos.
Carlisle signed with the Oakland Raiders as a restricted free agent on April 23, 2007 and has remained a regular starter at right guard for the Raiders since the 2007 season, replacing Kevin Boothe from the previous season. From 2007 to 2011, Carlisle has missed starting in only one game, in 2008. During the 2010 season, he helped the Raiders achieve their best record since 2002, playing between Samson Satele at center (15 games) and Langston Walker at right tackle (15 games). During the 2011 season, he started all sixteen regular season games. The Raiders released him on March 14, 2012, but re-signed him five days later.
Carlisle resides in Florida with his wife, Suzy, and their two daughters Anna Kate and Emarie.
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- Pro Football Hall of Fame, Draft History, 2000 National Football League Draft. Retrieved July 27, 2010.
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- Sports Network, "Raiders sign Carlisle, Spencer," Chicago Tribune (March 19, 2012). Retrieved March 19, 2012.
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