Marc Trestman is hoping to guide another Carter on the straight and narrow.
The Argos head coach welcomes Duron Carter into the locker room after nearly three decades when Trestman played a role in the transformation of Cris Carter.
Back in 1990, Carter was a surprise training camp cut by the Eagles due to off the field issues with drug and alcohol abuse, the season prior Carter led Philadelphia in touchdown catches with 11, and the Vikings claimed Carter off waivers.
“I was coaching the quarterbacks in Minnesota when Cris came from Philadelphia, so I saw him in his very early stages, certainly not the man he is today or the man he became,” Trestman said.
Carter went on to become a Pro Football Hall of Fame receiver with 1,101 receptions for 13,899 yards and 130 touchdowns over 16 NFL seasons.
“Coach Trestman worked with my dad in the NFL. When he met my dad he was definitely in a transition time between the Eagles and the Vikings. He’s definitely one of the people that helped my dad get in order,” Carter said.
The CFL all-star was released – stunningly – by the Saskatchewan Roughriders and the next generation Carter wanted to play for Trestman.
“Coach Trestman is a straight-forward guy, he tells you exactly how he feels, but he also tells you ways to get better. His goal is to make better men and that’s why I’m here,” Carter said.
Trestman was direct telling Carter he believed the playmaker hasn’t made any football situation work out. Academic at issues at Ohio State and Alabama led to Carter transferring out from both schools with a stop at Coffeyville Community College in between. After playing two seasons in Montreal and another for Indianapolis, Carter was let go by the Alouettes during the 2016 season.
The Riders signed Carter as a free agent for the 2017 season when Carter he led the Riders with 1,043 receiving yards and nine touchdowns (including one on defence), earning him the Riders Most Outstanding Player award. Carter re-signed for the 2018 season in January, but after making eight receptions for 111 yards in seven games on the season while recording 13 tackles and an interception return for a touchdown plus one knockdown as a defensive back, Saskatchewan went in a different direction as Chris Jones put it.
“It’s going to be hard for him because I don’t know that he’s ever been in this environment. And that’s no disrespect to other environments, we don’t disrespect anybody else’s environments, but there is a lifestyle in our locker room that we’re working very hard to maintain,” Trestman said.
It seems over the two weeks Carter spent as a free agent in Montreal, Regina and then in Northern Ontario fishing at his uncle Butch Carter’s cottage, the CFL star did some self-reflection.
“Getting fired would make anybody examine how they are in their job. It’s all just a learning process, I’m 27 and I hope to play until I’m about 47,” Carter said.
“The first text message [Trestman] sent me was, ‘This is going to be the hardest test of your career,”’ Carter said. “And I said, ‘I’m ready to work, coach.'”
Like father, like son, Trestman helping guide the Carter’s to sustained success.