Carlton McDonald

Carlton McDonald
Born: February 20, 1971[1]
Career information
Position(s) Cornerback
College United States Air Force Academy
Career history
As player
1992 Air Force Falcons
Career highlights and awards
Consensus All-American (1992)

Carlton R. McDonald (born February 20, 1971) is a former American football player. He was a consensus All-American defensive back while playing for the Air Force Falcons football team in 1992.

Air Force Academy

McDonald attended the United States Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, Colorado. While attending the Academy, he played at the cornerback position for the Air Force Falcons football team from 1989 to 1992 under head coach Fisher DeBerry.[2] In the 1990 Liberty Bowl, McDonald intercepted two passes, including one late in the game that he returned 40 yards for a touchdown to clinch the Falcons' 23-11 victory over Ohio State.[3]

As a senior, McDonald was selected as a consensus defensive back on the 1992 College Football All-America Team.[4] He was also selected as the Western Athletic Conference defensive player of the year in both 1991 and 1992.[2] He also finished second in the voting for the 1992 Thorpe Award, presented to the top defensive back in college football since 1986. During his playing career, he was six feet tall and weighed 195 pounds.[2]

Later years

After graduating from the Air Force Academy, McDonald served five years in the Air Force as a finance officer. He subsequently became employed by the Winn-Dixie supermarket chain at its headquarters in Jacksonville, Florida. He also became a pilot for the Florida Air National Guard. In 2013, he was inducted into the Air Force Academy's Sports Hall of Fame.[2]


  1. U.S. Public Records Index, Volume 1 [database on-line]. Carlton R. McDonald, born 20 Feb 1971, address PO Box 3678, U S A F Academy, CO, 80841-3678.
  2. 1 2 3 4 Irv Moss (May 8, 2013). "McDonald cornered greatness at Air Force". The Denver Post.
  3. "Air Force Stays on Ground to Win Liberty Bowl". The New York Times. December 28, 1990.
  4. "2014 NCAA Football Records: Consensus All-America Selections" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). 2014. p. 6. Retrieved August 16, 2014.
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