(born January 20, 1974 in Sacramento, California
) is a former American football wide receiver
in the NFL
for the Carolina Panthers
. In 2001, he was found guilty of conspiring to murder the woman who at the time was carrying his child and is serving a prison
sentence with an expected release date of 2018.
Carruth attended Valley High School
in Sacramento, California
, and played four seasons at the University of Colorado
. He was named a first-team All-America
in 1996. His college quarterbacks
were future NFL quarterbacks Koy Detmer
and Kordell Stewart
. Carruth was a first-round draft pick, going 27th in the 1997 NFL Draft
to the Carolina Panthers. He signed a four year, $3.7 million deal.
He had a respectable rookie season, starting 14 games. Wearing uniform number 89, Carruth caught 44 passes for 545 yards. Carruth caught four touchdown passes, tied for first among rookie receivers. He was named to the all-rookie team at wide receiver.
Carruth broke his right foot in the opening game of 1998 and did not catch another pass that season due to the injury. He ended the year with four catches for 59 yards. Carruth played in the first six games of the 1999 season, totaling 14 catches for 200 yards.
On Nov. 16, 1999, near Carruth's home in Charlotte, North Carolina
, Cherica Adams, a woman Carruth had been dating, was shot four times by Van Brett Watkins, a night club
manager and friend of Carruth. Surviving the... Read More