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Carlos Polk, LB, San Diego Chargers From Rockford Guilford

Number: 52

College: Nebraska

Height: 6-2

Weight: 262

DOB: 02/22/77

Experience: 4th NFL Season

Acquired: Draft 4-2001

Hometown: Rockford, Ill.

The Chargers Special Teams Player of the Year in 2002 and co-Player of the Year in 2003, Polk will look for an expanded role in 2004 as the team switches to a 3-4 defensive alignment under new coordinator Wade Phillips. A middle linebacker for the majority of his career, including high school and college, Polk is being converted to an outside backer in the Chargers’ new defensive scheme. Polk considers his father, John Moore, his biggest influence. Moore, a construction worker by trade, commuted to and from Chicago for work, leaving the house at 4 a.m. and often times returning home after 9 p.m. It is from his father that Polk inherited his tireless work ethic and family values.Carlos and his father enjoy working on classic cars. Polk’s first car was a Pontiac Firebird that he and his dad spent weekends working on before Carlos was old enough to drive. Over the years, the two have also restored a 1947 Ford Coupe and a 1949 Plymouth.

2003: Chargers co-Special Teams Player of Year…tied for team lead with 16 special teams tackles…colllected two special teams tackles against Oakland Dec. 28 and at Pittsburgh Dec. 21…lone tackle went for loss against Kansas City Nov. 30; racked up season-high three special teams tackles at Jacksonville Oct. 5; had two special teams tackles each at Oakland Sept. 28 and versus Denver Sept. 14…added two defensive tackles, including one for loss, against Broncos.

2002: Voted by teammates as Special Teams Player of Year… led squad with 13 stops on specialty units;¦ racked up season-high three special teams tackles at Buffalo Dec. 15…inactive for San Francisco game Nov. 17 with ankle injury… recorded first-career safety after blocking Scott Player punt out of end zone at Arizona Sept. 22…was first-career blocked kick…tallied two special teams stops versus Houston Sept. 15.

2001: Finished season with four tackles on special teams…limited to action in six games due to shoulder injury…placed on “Reserve-Injured” list Nov. 14…selected by Chargers 112th overall in fourth-round of 2001 draft.

College: First team All-America selection by Associated Press, American Football Coaches Association and College Football News…semifinalist for Dick Butkus Award as nation’s top linebacker…first team all-conference pick as junior…named to Big 12 Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll as sophomore…played at Nebraska from 1996-2000…holds degree in sociology.

Personal: Born Feb. 22, 1977, in Memphis, Tenn…USA Today All-America at Guilford High School in Rockford…all-state and all-conference pick…named Northern Illinois Conference-9 Defensive Player of Year…also lettered in basketball… has son, DeVonn, and daughter, Deja… resides in Chula Vista.

From Chargers media guide

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