Adam Carriker holds the distinction of being the first NFL player to host a radio show about pro wrestling.
He currently serves as the starting left defensive end for the Washington Redskins.
Carriker was born on May 6, 1984, in Hastings, Neb., his father’s hometown. He moved to Kennewick, Wash., when he was three years old.
At Kennewick High School, Carriker played quarterback and rush end. As a senior, he recorded 15 sacks, five pass breakups, four forced fumbles and 25 tackles for loss–his only season as a defensive end. The year earned him second-team All-Big 9 Conference honors and a trip to the state all-star game.
Carriker visited Oregon, Oregon State and Washington State before committing to play his college ball at Nebraska.
He was named Nebraska’s Defensive MVP in both his junior and senior seasons. In addition, he was named Big 12 Defensive Lineman of the Year in addition to earning first-team All-Big 12 honors by the Big 12 Coaches, the Associated Press, Kansas City Star and Austin American-Statesman.
As a senior, Carriker led the Cornhuskers defensive line in sacks (7) and total tackles (52).
Carriker was drafted in the first-round of the 2007 NFL Draft (No. 13 overall) by the St. Louis Rams. He started all 16 games for the Rams that season and was named the team’s rookie of the year.
He was traded to the Washington Redskins before the 2010 season where he became a fan favorite and thrived in a 3-4 defensive scheme.
“He wants to play with strength and power, and he does a pretty good job of it. He feels so much more comfortable in this,” Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett said at the time he was traded.
Following two strong seasons, the Redskins and Carriker agreed to a new four-year contract in 2012.
He is married to his wife Angela. The couple have two children and are expecting a third.