"I think it's a speed game, but obviously the game has grown – there's bigger players, faster players, the game is more wide open. The guys that can truly run and catch are always going to be prevalent and that was one of the things I was blessed with, speed and good hands," Carr said. "So I think I would have fit in well with the groups that are playing today."
A two-time national champion and All American in college playing for Louisiana Tech, Carr was the Colts' first-round draft choice in 1974. He quickly made an impact, amassing more than 2,000 receiving yards during his first three years in the league.
The pinnacle of his career was the 1976 season. That year, Colts' quarterback Bert Jones was named MVP and Carr led the NFL with 1,112 receiving yards and ranked second in the league with 11 touchdowns. Those achievements earned him a trip to the Pro Bowl.
"There are times in careers where athletes arrive, I guess you might say. You might have had the ability in the two years prior, maybe I did…maybe Bert did, but that particular year we went out and had some great games early on," Carr said. "I remember Cincinnati was a pivotal game where I might have scored two or three touchdowns and 200-300 yards receiving and Bert Jones threw the ball extremely well. From that moment on I think I had the confidence to know I belonged and that I could play and play at a high level in the NFL."
Aside from personal accolades, Jones and Carr helped transform a franchise that was 2-12 in 1974 to an 11-3 team that won the AFC East in 1976. That record would remain a franchise best for more than two decades.
After 10 NFL seasons, eight of which were with the Colts, Carr left the league with more than 5,000 yards receiving and 30 touchdowns to his credit. He also played for the Seahawks ('82) and the Chargers ('83). He still maintains contact with some of his old teammates, including Bert Jones, who owns a wood preserving company in Louisiana.
Carr went on to complete his degree at Louisiana Tech and served several coaching stints at the high school, junior college and Division I college level before becoming the athletic director and head football coach at East Mississippi Community College – his current job.
"We're 1-3 and we've lost three games by seven points, but we won our last ball game so we're playing better than we have in a couple of years," Carr said. "I'm just trying to fight hard for these kids and coach them up and win some football games."
Carr and his wife, Undine, recently celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary. They have two sons, John, who is the offensive coordinator at East Mississippi Community College, and James, who is a member of the Charlotte Police Department in Charlotte, North Carolina. So far they have two granddaughters, with another on the way.
ColPower Insiders should check back on Saturday for our exclusive Colts Alumni Q&A in which Carr shares his thoughts about his time with and departure from the Colts, the Colts' move to Indianapolis, Marvin Harrison and more!