Long before Carson was the #2 overall pick by the Philadelphia Eagles and the two-time FCS title game MVP, Carson was raised in the small state of North Dakota. Carson was born in Raleigh, North Carolina, but soon moved with his family to Bismarck, North Dakota while he was a child. After a stellar athletic career at Century High School, he received a scholarship to play football at North Dakota State University which would ultimately change his life.
While Carson attended North Dakota State University, his faith grew immensely. With a little help from current NDSU teammates, Carson’s faith soared to new heights. Carson vividly remembers this day his freshman year during fall camp,
"My head was spinning, I had just learned new language in install meetings and Dante (Dante Perez—Sr. QB at the time) says, 'Hey, ever read the Bible?' I'm like, 'We're at football practice, not right now.' Then we started talking, ended up meeting and he kind of mentored me in my faith for about a year. Dante was huge, I owe him a lot.”
Like all of Carson’s passions, he quickly dug in and wanted to learn more. He became an active member of the team bible study, regular attendee of church, and shared his testimony with many at North Dakota State University. As a constant reminder of staying the course, Carson has “AO1” tattooed on the underside of his right wrist— which stands for “Audience of One.” Carson said, “It was kind of a motto I picked up early in my career, and I finally put it on my body just to live with the Lord as my audience. Whether it is playing football, going to school or whatever I’m doing, I’m doing it for the Lord as my audience.”
Shortly after being drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles, Carson felt a calling and he knew he wanted to give back. He has been given a platform that few in the world are fortunate enough to experience. With this exposure he wants to execute the mission of the foundation by “uplifting individuals and communities around the world by demonstrating God’s love for His people.”
Like everything Carson does in life, he is ready to give all he has to his foundation in order to fulfill the foundation’s mission!
"A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another." -John 13:34-35