TJ Carrie “The Bay Area Kid”
Travis Carrie was born on July 28, 1990 in Vallejo California and raised in the Bay Area. Travis is the son of Reynard and Gloria Carrie and has four brothers who also played collegiate football. Travis attended De La Salle High School where he excelled in both Football and Track.
Carrie is no stranger to adversity, hard work, and being optimistic, custom values he has learned through the support of his family. During his first year of high school football tryouts Carrie suddenly fainted and collapsed on the football field. When he awoke he was rushed to the local emergency room and it was discovered that he was born with a birth defect which triggered his loss of consciousness that very day. The doctors described Travis medical condition as a one and a million case, his coronary artery being out of position.
The artery was placed between Travis’s lungs causing the artery to constrict when the lungs expanded, decreasing oxygen circulation to the artery during physical activities. The medical doctor presented Travis with two options as he lay on the medical bed. Option one; stop playing all physical activities to ensure an incident like this doesn’t occur in the future putting his life in danger. Option two; have a risky surgical procedure that would re-position the artery allowing oxygen to flow correctly throughout the artery and heart. With the thought of not ever playing the game he loved again, Travis proceeded with the surgery and never looked back.
It took Carrie two years of recovery and with the help of his family, faith, belief, Carrie took full advantage of the opportunity that was given and dominated throughout his one and only high school football year. He was voted 1st Team All-Conference in football and was an honor roll student. He was the MVP of the CIF State Championship, 2008 Bay Area Cream of The Crop, letterman in track & field, placed in the 100-meters at the 2008 CIF Track & Field meet with a time of 10.87 seconds, posted personal-best times of 10.83 seconds in the 100-meter dash and 21.88 seconds in the 200-meter dash at the 2008 Sacramento Meet of Champions.
The Rest is History
- Full athlete scholarship to Ohio University
- 2010 Phil Steele All-MAC Second Team
- 2011 Collegesportsmadness.com All-MAC Second Team
- 2011 Phil Steele All-MAC Second Team
- 2011 All-MAC Second Team
- 2012 Thorpe Award – Watch List
- 2012 College Football Performance Awards Specialist Trophy Trophy – Watch List
- 2012 Team Captain
- 2013 Team Captain
- 2013 All-MAC First Team (Punt Returner); Third Team (Cornerback)
Travis is currently a Defensive Back for the Oakland Raiders having been selected by the Raiders as the 219th overall pick in the Seventh round of the
2014 NFL Draft. “Hard Work Beats Talent When Talent Doesn’t Work Hard” Tim Notke