Virgil Carter, 1964-66: Carter, a native of Provo, was an academic All-American in 1966 and was the first BYU quarterback to put the Cougars on the college football map as a passing machine. He led the nation his senior season in TD passes (21) and total offense (2,545 yds) and he set an NCAA record with his 599 total yards of offense against UTEP. He finished 11th in the Heisman Trophy balloting in 1966. In 30 games at BYU, Carter (6-foot-1) completed 327 of 736 passes for 5,125 yards and 50 TDs.
Carter was picked by the Chicago Bears in the sixth round of the 1967 draft and played seven seasons in the NFL and one season in the World Football League. In the NFL playing for Chicago and Cincinnati, Carter threw for 5,063 yards and 29 TDs. Carter, while playing for the Bears, earned a master's degree from Northwestern. While playing for Cincinnati he taught statistics and math at Xavier University. He was the first LDS quarterback to play in the NFL.
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