May 23, 2005
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Robert Carr, the football running back who rambled through the Yale record books over the last four years, has been named the winner of the William Neely Mallory Award, the most prestigious athletic award given to a senior male at Yale. The award was presented at the May 22 Class Day ceremonies.
The award citation reads, "William Neely Mallory Award, given to the senior man who on the field of play and in life at Yale best represents the highest ideals of American sportsmanship and Yale tradition." Carr's inspirational acts on and off the field of play made him the perfect choice for the award named after the Yale Class of 1924 athlete.
Carr, who narrowly escaped drowning in a Connecticut lake last summer, recovered before the start of the 2004 season and put together his finest fall as an Eli with 1,185 yards on the way to breaking Yale's career rushing yardage mark with 3,393 yards.
The 5-foot-7, 190-pound Bulldog ranked fifth in all-purpose yardage among Division I-AA players in 2004 with 168.9 per game, while he was 10th in rushing with 118.5 yards per game. The Baytown, Texas, native earned second-team All-Ivy honors in 2004. Carr garnered second-team Ivy status in 2003 and was a first-team all-league and All-New England selection in 2002 after running for 10 touchdowns and 1,083 yards.
The former two-time Robert E. Lee High School football captain was the recipient of Yale's Edwin Foster Blair Award for the team's most valuable player in 2004, while he also won the Jordan Olivar Award for the Yale player who has earned the most respect from his teammates.
Carr, whose 235 yards at Cornell in 2002 were a school record, is the only Bulldog runner ever to gain 200 yards in consecutive games. He also owns the Yale career records for all-purpose yards, kick return yards and rushing attempts.
Robert Desmond Carr, the son of Cynthia and Robert Carr, is a history major in Morse College.