About Carlos Jenkins

Carlos E Jenkins was born in Boynton Beach, Florida, on July 12th, 1968, and raised by a single
mom, Ola Asbury. As an only child, Carlos found his love of Football at eight years old, playing
offense and defense for the Lantana Lions and at the local YMCA. He attended Santaluces high
school in Lantana, Florida, where he played basketball, ran track, and was a star football player. He
was one of the area’s best high school football players catching the attention of several prominent
college football programs nationwide. He accepted a full scholarship to play Football at Michigan
State University, where he was a starting linebacker and captain of his team. He’s currently in the
Michigan State College Football Hall of Fame. As a 3rd round draft pick, he started his NFL career
as a Line Backer for the Minnesota Vikings, who at the time had the number one defense in the NFL.
He also played for the St. Louis Rams and the San Francisco 49ers.

During his NFL career as a strong side, Linebacker punished his opponents with very high-impact
tackles and received multiple hits to the body and head, causing significant concussions. Plagued by
injuries, he retired from the game he loved in 1997.

After a very successful NFL career, he found his calling. He accepted a position working with
Survivors Charter High School. If you were to ask him about his time as a school administrator, he
would smile and tell you, “Working with children was more rewarding to him than playing in the NFL.”
As his career working with children started, it abruptly ended when his spine collapsed in 2007. That
was the beginning of his body breaking down from competing at such a high level during his NFL
career. By the time he was 39 years old, he could never work again after having multiple surgeries
and dealing with a body rigged with pain.

As he looks back and reflects on his years of playing Football as a young athlete, he can’t recall
when anyone talked to him about the dangers of sustaining a concussion, what was a concussion,
the meaning of a concussion, and what signs to look for. The word concussion wasn’t even a topic
during his younger football days. His focus in college and the pros was being the best at his position,
and therefore again, the word concussion was not a daily topic until long after his career.
The Carlos Jenkins CTE Foundation, he’s dedicated to ensuring every child, their parents, and
coaching staff is educated and adequately trained in concussion awareness and protocol.

Professional Recap

Carlos Jenkins (born July 12, 1968) is a former American football linebacker in the National Football League (NFL). He played six seasons for the Minnesota Vikings (1991–1994) and the St. Louis Rams (1995–1996)

Jenkins played for the Michigan State Spartans between 1987 and 1990. During his final two years at Michigan State, Jenkins made five interceptions, returning for an average of 7.0 yards per interception.

Jenkins was drafted to the Minnesota Vikings during the third round of the 1991 NFL Draft. In his rookie season with the Minnesota Vikings in 1991, Jenkins made one interception, returning it for the single touchdown of his career. During the 1993 NFL season, the Vikings’ defensive coordinator, Tony Dungy, remarked that Jenkins was “on his way to becoming an outstanding outside linebacker”.

In 1995, the St. Louis Rams signed Jenkins as a free agent to replace linebacker Joe Kelly. At the time, head coach Rich Brooks complimented Jenkins on his “youth, speed, and NFL experience”, characterizing him as a “big-play production guy and an impact hitter”.

In 1997, Jenkins joined the San Francisco 49ers, but was waived.