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Carson Palmer


Carson Hilton Palmer

Inducted 2021

Date of Birth



Fresno, CA


University of Southern California (1998-2002)


The 2002 Heisman Trophy Winner, Carson Palmer, brought in a new era of Southern California dominance in college football. He finished his illustrious career as the Pac-10’s all-time leading passer. He becomes the 33rd Trojan player to be inducted in the College Football Hall of Fame. Palmer finished his time with the Trojans’ as USC’s all-time leader in career passing yards and career and total offense, currently ranking second in both categories. He still holds the record with 1,569 passing attempts. At the time, his 11,818 passing yards and 11,631 yards of total offense were conference records and still rank sixth and eight, respectively. Palmer ranks second-all-time in single-season passing at USC with 309 completions for 3,942 yards in 2002. He joins his teammate Troy Polamalu in the College Football Hall of Fame. His number 3 has been retired by the Trojans. The number one overall pick in the 2004 NFL Draft, Palmer was selected by the Cincinnati Bengals, playing 15 seasons in the NFL with the Bengals (2003-2010), Oakland Raider (2011-2012) and Arizona Cardinals (2013-2017). A three-time Pro Bowler, he was named the 2005 AFC Player of the Year and led the Bengals to their first winning season and playoff appearance in 15 years. He is also a member of the Arizona Cardinals Ring of Honor and ranked 12th all-time in both passing yards and passing touchdowns when he retired from the National Football League.


Height 6'5"

Weight 225

Career Highlights

  • 2002 All-Conference
  • 2002 Conference MVP
  • 2002 Consensus All-America
  • 2002 Heisman Trophy
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