Northwestern senior Austin Carr is the Big Ten’s leader in receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns. He’s also one of the most widely talented people in the conference off the field.
In addition to football, the former walk-on sings, acts and plays piano. And in the teaser for an episode of “The Journey” that will air Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET on Big Ten Network, Carr describes how he once almost sacrificed his football career for his piano career.
During his freshman year, Carr tried to use a butter knife to cut off some athletic tape but accidentally gashed his hand. The injury would have been no problem except that Carr’s mother, a concert pianist, worried it would impact his ability to play the piano. She convinced him to get surgery, forcing him to miss two and a half months of football.
“All I know is I get an injury report that my walk-on wide receiver cut his finger with a butter knife. And I’m like, is this kid a football player or what?” coach Pat Fitzgerald said in the BTN clip.
Who requires surgery after cutting oneself with a butter knife?
— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) October 23, 2016
Carr got the surgery and eventually earned a scholarship and became one of the Big Ten’s best receivers. He has conference-highs of 50 receptions, 720 yards and nine touchdowns this season.