Former Northwestern wide receiver and Patriots undrafted free agent signing Austin Carr is best known in college circles for his production on the field in 2016 that made him a Biletnikoff finalist for best receiver in college football. Carr became just the second player since 1999 to lead the Big Ten in receptions, receiving yards, and receiving touchdowns (Jaguars star WR Allen Robinson was the other) and earned the highest receiver grades in all of college football from Pro Football Focus.
He also can play the piano and sing, winning the Northwester Student-Athlete Talent Show in 2013 for his rendition of “Use Somebody” by Kings of Leon.
Carr competed in the talent show every year on campus and hosted this past season, where the former walk-on is a philosophy major, campus tour guide, and an admissions counselor.
"It's just a great escape, just to unwind, to enjoy playing music," Carr said of his off-the-field pursuits, via NBC Chicago. "I'm a songwriter kind of at heart so that kind of stuff, it just relaxes me. It's something I'd like to get better at one day, probably after football."
Carr believes that his talent on the piano helps him on the field because he utilizes the same creativity to construct songs as he does to get open against a defense.