- Won the Heisman Trophy in 2002 while playing for the University of Southern California Trojans.
- Was chosen by the Cincinnati Bengals as the first overall pick in the 2003 NFL draft.
- With his wife, Shaelyn, established the Carson Palmer Foundation in 2004, with the goal of supporting children's charities in Cincinnati, as well as in his hometown of Mission Viejo, CA.
- Suffered a serious knee injury that required extensive rehabilitation in the first round of the 2005 NFL playoffs.
- Became the first Bengals player to be named MVP in the Pro Bowl on February 10, 2007.
- Shaelyn Fernandes — Wife
- Danna Palmer — Mother
- Jordan Palmer — Brother
- Robert Palmer — Brother
- Bill Palmer — Father
- University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, United States
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