Jan. 15, 2010
AUBURN - Former Auburn football player Gregg Carr, a 2010 recipient of the NCAA Silver Anniversary Award, was presented with the award Friday during the Honors Celebration at the 2010 NCAA Convention in Atlanta.
The Silver Anniversary Award is given annually to six former student-athletes who have made significant professional and civic contributions since they completed their intercollegiate eligibility 25 years ago.
"This is a tremendous honor for myself and my family to represent Auburn University," Carr said. "I came to Auburn not knowing how much of an impact my experiences there would have on my life. I grew not only physically, but mentally and spiritually as well. My experiences at Auburn as a student-athlete were the foundation that helped me pursue future endeavors.
"Coach Pat Dye established high expectations from his players. He often pushed us beyond what we felt we were capable of achieving. He challenged us to challenge ourselves. Through those experiences, he instilled in me the importance of establishing goals and how hard work can overcome shortcomings in achieving those goals. I was fortunate to have learned from him and be a small part of an incredible journey."
Joining Carr as Silver Anniversary Award recipients included Doug Flutie, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Jack Del Rio, Maureen O*Toole-Purcell and Deb Richard. Carr is the first Auburn recipient since swimmer Rowdy Gaines received the award in 2007.
"We're extremely excited for Gregg Carr and his family to receive this prestigious honor," said Auburn Athletics Director Jay Jacobs.
"Gregg epitomizes the definition of a student-athlete and is truly a great representative of not only Auburn Athletics, but Auburn University. He has been successful at every endeavor in his life, from his days as an Auburn student-athlete, to his professional football career, to his current role in the medical profession. There is no more deserving individual of the NCAA Silver Anniversary Award than Gregg
As a four-year letterwinner at linebacker for the Tigers from 1981-84, Carr was the SEC's most honored athlete in 1984. As a senior, the civil engineering major was a consensus All-American, National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete, one of the NCAA's Top Five Student-Athletes and a Lombardi Award nominee.
"I'm very grateful to Auburn University for the opportunities afforded me," Carr said. *Auburn is a special place. It's bigger than any sport or game. Win or lose, Auburn is always next to my heart. My time at Auburn University has been one of the highlights of my life."
The Birmingham native was the 1984 SEC Lineman of the Year and named the Birmingham Monday Morning Quarterback Club Most Valuable SEC Lineman. A three-time All-SEC selection and a four-time Academic All-SEC team member, he was Auburn*s leading tackler as a sophomore and junior and the second leading tackler as a senior. Carr finished career at Auburn with nine sacks and 289 solo tackles.
Carr was a sixth-round draft pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1985 and went on to play four years in the National Football League. A member of the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame, he graduated from the Alabama-Birmingham School of Medicine in 1994 and is currently an orthopedic surgeon at Brookwood Medical Center, in Birmingham.
For more information on these awards and the NCAA Honors Celebration, please visit the NCAA web site at www.ncaa.org