Carter heads to California in pursuit of football dream

Dwayne Carter is on the high school practice field at Navarre on a sweltering July morning. He’s working out with the Raiders, the team he once played for and went on to become one of the greatest running backs in program history.

On Thursday, he’ll be on a plane to California where he’ll spend the next week in San Diego in the Spring League, an elite developmental league and scouting event for pro prospects, aiming to keep his dream alive of making the NFL. He’ll be among players who have been in the league at one point or another and with others like him who are still trying to make it.

It’s an invite-only camp that his agent helped him land and Carter is eager to seize the moment.

“I’m excited, not only for the opportunity to be there, but to put pads on again,” Carter said. “I love competition and this opportunity is a blessing. I’m looking forward to it.”

Carter last played full contact football in 2016 when he played at NCAA Division II Harding University. The camp is a chance for him to showcase what he can do, to show that the countless hours he’s put in working out on the field, in the weight room, in the gym, have all been worth it.

Read the full article in the July 25 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at for as little as $38 per year.

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