From Nebraska to the NFL: Carlos Polk

By NU Athletic Communications
Carlos Polk photo courtesy of the San Diego Chargers.
Carlos Polk photo courtesy of the San Diego Chargers.
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By Jeff Griesch

All this summer on, we are featuring football players who have enjoyed outstanding professional careers by making the transition from Nebraska to the NFL. Carlos Polk was an All-America linebacker for the Huskers who closed his NU career in 2000. He is in the middle of a solid pro career with the San Diego Chargers.

A fourth-round selection by the Chargers in the 2001 NFL Draft, Polk was a contributor for San Diego in 2001, 2002 and 2003 before being sidelined by injuries for much of the 2004 and 2005 seasons. Last season, Polk returned to enjoy the best season of his career with 32 tackles and two sacks on defense to go along with 19 special teams tackles. He was also chosen as the recipient of San Diego's Ed Block Courage Award.

Polk was also rewarded for his stellar play with a two-year contract that will keep him in a San Diego uniform through the 2008 season. Polk owns 44 total tackles in his career on defense, including 36 solos. He has also registered three sacks. He has added 45 tackles in his career on special teams.

The 6-2, 260-pounder from Rockford, Ill., has played in 54 career games for the Chargers in his six NFL seasons.


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