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Ricky "Tank" Carder Jr.[1] (born January 18, 1989) is an American football linebacker who is currently a free agent. Carder played college football at TCU. He was a 2010 All-American selection by the American Football Coaches Association.[2]

Tank Carder
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Carder in 2015 preseason.
Free agent
Personal information
Born: (1989-01-18) January 18, 1989 (age 30)
Sweeny, Texas
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:235 lb (107 kg)
Career information
High school:Sweeny (TX)
College:Texas Christian
NFL Draft:2012 / Round: 5 / Pick: 147
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career NFL statistics as of 2017
Total tackles:53
Forced fumbles:0
Fumble recoveries:0
Player stats at


Early lifeEdit

When he was 10 years old, Carder was a BMX World Champion. Battled back from a life-threatening injury at age 13, when he sustained a broken back, broken ribs, a punctured diaphragm and punctured lung after being thrown from a vehicle, which then rolled over him.[3]

Carder attended Sweeny High School in Texas, where he accounted for 1,200 yards of offense and 116 tackles on defense in his senior year. He was regarded as a two-star recruit by[4]

College careerEdit

Four-year letterman at Texas Christian University, where he was named a two-time Mountain West Conference Defensive Player of the Year (2010, 2011).

In the 2011 Rose Bowl, Carder was named Defensive MVP of the Game. He batted down a two-point conversion pass late in the fourth quarter that would have tied the game to go into overtime but secured the win for TCU with a final score of 21–19.[5]

Professional careerEdit

Buffalo BillsEdit

Carder was selected in the fifth round, 147th overall, in the 2012 NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills.[6] On August 31, 2012, the Bills released Carder for final roster cuts.

Cleveland BrownsEdit

Carder was claimed off waivers by the Cleveland Browns on September 4, 2012.[7] He has played in 30 career games, with two starts at linebacker, and is a primary contributor on special teams.

The Browns re-signed Carder on March 7, 2016.[8][9]

In the second preseason game of 2017, Carder suffered a torn ACL and was ruled out for the season.[10][11]

On March 26, 2018, Carder re-signed with the Browns.[12] He was released by the Browns on June 5, 2018.[13]


On November 21, 2012, Carder sent a tweet calling another Twitter user a “faggot,”[14] leading to calls that he be fined and suspended.[15] The tweet was in response to a tweet about Call of Duty made by a satirical comedy account.[16] Carder stood by his statements, tweeting “I don’t agree with being gay or lesbian at all, but saying faggot doesn’t make me a homophobe, it’s just a word.”[17] Carder has since deleted the tweets[18] and apologized, claiming his tweets did not reflect his character.[19] Making his hometown of Sweeny, not proud of there hometown boy at all. The NFL did not impose any suspensions or fines.


  1. ^ Evans, Thayer (January 4, 2010). "From Broken Boy to T.C.U. Tackler". The New York Times.
  2. ^ "Oregon's James Headlines 2010 FBS Coaches' All-America Team". AFCA. November 29, 2010. Archived from the original on November 30, 2010. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  3. ^ "Storied past just part of Carder's tale". Buffalo News. April 29, 2012. Retrieved April 30, 2012.
  4. ^ "Tank Carder Recruiting Profile".
  5. ^ "Carder comes up clutch". FOX Sports on MSN. January 1, 2011. Retrieved January 2, 2011.
  6. ^ "TCU LB Tank Carder Drafted By Buffalo Bills". April 30, 2012. Retrieved July 10, 2014.
  7. ^ Ingro, Sam (September 4, 2012). "Cleveland Browns Waiver Pickup Tank Carder Could Play Big Role Early in Season". Retrieved July 10, 2014.
  8. ^ "Browns re-sign LB Tank Carder; sign DL Jamie Meder, RB Raheem Mostert". March 7, 2016. Retrieved April 10, 2016.
  9. ^ Alper, Josh (March 7, 2016). "Browns tender Terrelle Pryor, three other restricted free agents". Retrieved March 16, 2016.
  10. ^ Gribble, Andrew (August 22, 2017). "Browns veteran LB Tank Carder out for season".
  11. ^ "Browns place LB Tank Carder, OL Matt McCants on IR; waive DB Justin Currie". August 23, 2017.
  12. ^ "Browns re-sign LB Tank Carder". March 26, 2018.
  13. ^ "Browns sign LB Mychal Kendricks". June 5, 2018.
  14. ^ Zeigler, Cyd. "Cleveland Browns linebacker Tank Carder Tweets 'faggot,' doesn't agree with being gay". Vox Media, Inc. Archived from the original on November 27, 2012. Retrieved November 27, 2012. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  15. ^ Zeigler, Cyd. "Tank Carder thinks you're an idiot, issues non-apology". Vox Media, Inc. Archived from the original on December 1, 2012. Retrieved November 27, 2012. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  16. ^ Newell, Sean. "Browns Linebacker Tank Carder Follows Awful Comedy Accounts On Twitter, Tells One "Your A Faggot" When He Misses The Joke". Gawker Media. Retrieved November 27, 2012.
  17. ^ Brathwaite, Lester. "Cleveland Browns Linebacker Tweets F-Bomb Doesn't "Agree" With Being Gay". Queerty, Inc.
  18. ^ Smith, Michael David. "Browns' Tank Carder apologizes for using homophobic slur". NBC Sports. Retrieved November 27, 2012.
  19. ^ Reed, Tom (November 26, 2012). "Cleveland Browns rookie apologizes for anti-gay remark on Twitter". Cleveland Plain Dealer. Retrieved November 27, 2012.

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