Currently alive, at 39 years of age.
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1979 – Carson Palmer was born December 27th, in Laguna Niguel, California. The Bengals’ MVP candidate has one of the strongest, most accurate arms in the NFL, along with a great football mind and peerless leadership qualities.
1994 – Carson enrolled at Rancho Santa Margarita High School in Mission Viejo. He started for the freshman team, and was so good that the varsity players would halt their practices to watch him play.
1996 – Carson was close to his full height of 6-5, and he already had a major-league arm. Carson passed for 2,100 yards and 25 touchdowns as a junior, and led RSM to the California state title. He was rated #6 high school quarterback by SuperPrep prior to his senior year.
1997 – When Paul Hackett took over the Trojans, Carson had a change of heart. He, too, had a good rep when it came to the passing game.
– In the second state championship, as Carson led RSM to the promised land once again. He threw for 2,685 yards and 31 touchdowns as a senior, despite missing two early-season games to injury.
1999 – He was being picked by many to win the Heisman Trophy and go pro in time for the following spring’s draft, where it was predicted he would be the #1 pick.
2001 – Things finally began to click for Carson, when new coach Pete Carroll and his offensive coordinator Norm Chow discarded the complex West Coast scheme in favor of a basic, quick-strike attack.
2002 – USC was playing Kansas State and mounting a comeback from a 27-20 deficit when Carson threw what appeared to be a horrible, drive-killing incompletion to an empty patch of turf.
– He won Heisman Trophy as quarterback for University of Southern California.
2004 – On February, long before training camp, Bengals coach Marvin Lewis made Carson the starter.
2005 – His play that season was a work of art in this respect. Though overshadowed by passers like Peyton Manning, Carson quietly put together an MVP performance in the truest sense of the word.