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Carson Palmer

Carson Palmer was the 2002 Heisman Trophy winner and the USC Quarterback was considered a can’t miss prospect in the NFL.  Palmer would be drafted first overall by the Cincinnati Bengals and the organization would take their time with the pivot as they did not play him in his rookie season choosing to start him in 2004 and in 2005 he was a Pro Bowl Selection who was second in the NFL in Completions, fourth in Passing Yards and he led all Quarterbacks in Touchdown Passes while taking the Bengals to the playoffs, though he would suffer a severe injury in the playoffs.

Carson Palmer Retires

With the end of the NFL regular season only two days old we have our first significant retirement.

Carson Palmer, Quarterback of the Arizona Cardinals announced in an open letter that ‘it’s time” and he retired from the league.

Palmer was a stud QB at USC where he won the Heisman Trophy and was the number one Draft Pick of 2003 by the Cincinnati Bengals. Palmer did not play a snap that year as he was groomed to slowly to takeover in 2004 and in 2005 he arguably had his best season in the National Football League where he made his first Pro Bowl and led the league in Touchdown Passes and Completion Percentage. Palmer would again be named a Pro Bowl Selection in 2006. The former Trojan’s stats would regress a bit and by 2010 out of frustration he retired rather than continue with Cincinnati. He would come out of retirement following a trade to the Oakland Raiders.

Palmer was with Oakland for two seasons but a trade to the Arizona Cardinals brought a renaissance of sorts for the Quarterback. In 2015, he would make his third Pro Bowl while leading the NFL in Yards/Attempt, Yards/Completion and QBR.

Carson Palmer retires with 3,961 Completions with 46,247 Passing Yards; numbers that are good enough for 11th and 12th all-time. He is also 12th all-time in Touchdown Passes with 294.

These are good numbers but with the high numbers that Quarterbacks are able to accrue these days, his rankings will plummet quickly. Realistically, he was considered an elite QB for maybe two seasons (three perhaps) and above average for most of his career. This is not likely to put Palmer in Canton but this was a good career that will likely put him on our Football list when he is eligible in 2023.

We here at would like to thank Carson Palmer for his gridiron memories and we wish him the best in his post-playing career.
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