5 Things to Know about New Cowboys Cornerback Nolan Carroll
The Cowboys have added a veteran cornerback who was raised in the Florida city that boasts “The Fountain of Youth” and whose mother is the state’s former Lieutenant Governor. Here are “5 Things to Know” about newly signed free agent Nolan Carroll Jr.
During his rookie season with the Dolphins, Carroll was part of an infamous incident in the Dolphins-Jets division rivalry. While running downfield to cover a punt, he was near the sideline when a Jets assistant coach intentionally tripped him. Sam Alosi, the Jets assistant, profusely apologized afterwards saying, “My conduct was inexcusable and unsportsmanlike”. But Carroll got the last laugh. Not only did the Dolphins win the game, Carroll recorded his first career interception in the victory.
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Carroll was born in Jacksonville, Florida and went to high school in Green Cove Springs, just a half hour south of downtown Jacksonville. Green Cove Springs has a natural spring. The community promotes it as the original “Fountain of Youth”.
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Carroll is from a military and political family. His mother, Jennifer, is a former Lieutenant Governor of Florida as well as a former U.S. Navy Lieutenant Commander. His father, Nolan Carroll Sr., was a U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sergeant.
Carroll began his football career as a wide receiver. He was recruited to the University of Maryland as a receiver but switched to cornerback during his sophomore season in 2007. He also returned punts and played special teams coverage.
Carroll was drafted by the Miami Dolphins in the 5th round of the 2010 NFL Draft in a pick acquired via trade with the 49ers for WR Ted Ginn Jr. Carroll played his first 4 NFL seasons with the Dolphins before joining the Eagles in free agency in 2014. After two seasons in Philly, he signed a 3-year contract for $10 million with the Cowboys on March 10, 2017.