The ROCK of Special Teams
by, 08-25-2011 at 03:30 PM (527 Views)
40 miles north of Houston sits the city of Conroe, Texas and its population of 53,000. This is where Roderick (ROCK) Rashaun Cartwright was born and attended Conroe High School. He lettered in Football, Track, and Baseball, in his senior year he set the school record rushing for over 2,000 yards. Cartwright was named the Parade’s All-American team. After two years at Trinity Valley Community College in Athens, Texas; he walked on the Campus at Kansas State. He played fullback for the Cougars and scored 7 TD’s. In 2002 the Washington Redskins selected Cartwright with 257th overall pick of the 7th round, the fourth to last player selected in the entire draft. Cartwright found very little playing time the first few years in Washington until the Redskins decided to try him on special teams where he immediately made an impact. Prior to the 2005 season Cartwright wore the number 40 for the Redskins, In May of that year his mother passed due to a heart condition; she passed on the 31st. Cartwright changed his number to 31 to honor his mother. In 2006 in a game against rival Dallas, Cartwright returned a kick 100 yards for a touchdown. The Raiders signed Cartwright after being released last year and he has been a special teams standout. Making big hits, forcing fumbles, and blocking a punt for a Safety are the kind of plays Raider Nation enjoyed watching last year. During the off season he was awarded with the Commitment to Excellence Award giving by his teammates for hard work, leadership and excellence on and off the field. Little is expected from the 257th overall pick in the NFL, but number 25 for the Oakland Raiders has been solid….solid as a ROCK.