In addition to his football career, Michael Carter was one of the most accomplished shot putters in Texas history. At Dallas' Jefferson High School from 1977-79 he won three 4A state titles in the shot and one in the discus. Carter broke the national shot record nine times his senior year and set the state and national prep record (which still stand) with a throw of 81' 3" at the Golden West Invitational meet in Sacramento, California. From 1979-1983 he was a defensive lineman for SMU teams that won SWC titles in 1981 and 1982. In 1983 Carter was an All-SWC selection. He was the SWC shot put champion three times and went on to win seven NCAA titles - four indoor (1980, 1981, 1983, 1984) and three outdoor (1980, 1981, 1983). His best collegiate mark in the shot was 71' 4 ". At the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles Carter won the Silver medal with a throw of 69' 2" meters. He continued his athletic career in California, this time though, as a member of the San Francisco 49ers from 1984-1992. Carter was a three-time Pro Bowl nosetackle for the 49ers and anchored a defense that helped San Francisco win three Super Bowls (1985, 1989 & 1990). Carter's daughter Michelle followed in her father's footsteps by setting the girls' UIL state record in the shot (53' 3") and discus (169' 3"). He was inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 2002.

Michael Carter

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