Hall of Fame

Roger Carr

If not for a track meet in Haughton in 1970, one of the top wide receivers in the history of college football and the NFL might not have gotten a chance. Roger Carr was not highly-recruited coming out of rural Cotton Valley in the late 1960s. In fact, Carr wasn't really even known about. Due to transfer rules and academic issues stemming from his move from Oklahoma to Louisiana following his sophomore year, Carr didn't play football his final two years in high school. However, a spur-of-the-moment decision to compete in the district track meet in Haughton in 1970 turned out to be a life-changing decision as Louisiana Tech Coach Jim Mize spotted Carr. Carr's God-given ability was evident to Mize, who offered him a track scholarship. Bulldog football coach Maxie Lambright soon discovered Carr, and the rest is Bulldog history. Carr grew up quickly on the football field. As a sophomore he became one of the main ingredients to Tech success as the team went 9-2 and won the Southland Conference title in the program's first year in the league. He snared 29 passes for 738 yards and eight scores in 1971. His final two years were even better as Tech posted a 24-1 mark and won two straight National Championship titles. Once again, Carr was heavily involved in this national success. His 21-yard touchdown reception with 0:12 left in the game propelled Tech to a 38-34 win over Boise State in the 1973 Division II semifinals: Tech would defeat Western Kentucky 34-0 the following week in Sacramento to claim their second National title. Carr was name All-American in both 1972 and 1973. He ended his Tech career as the school's all-time leader in receiving touchdowns (19) and ranking second in career receiving yards (2,717). His success in the college game did not go unnoticed as Carr was selected with the 24th pick of the first round of the 1974 NFL draft by the Baltimore Colts. He would spend 10 years in the league, eight with Baltimore and one each with Seattle and San Diego. When he retired from the NFL in 1983, Carr had left his impression on the league with 271 catches for 5,071 yards and 31 scores-very impressive numbers for a man who wasn't really recruited out of high school.