Nolan Carroll II, born January 18th, 1987 in Jacksonville, Florida seemed destined to be an athlete. Even as a younger child Nolan seemed to be all over the house constantly running around. At the age of six, he quickly found a new love for playing soccer at a local YMCA. He was always ready for new challenges among his childhood becoming involved in track and field in elementary school. Growing up however wasn’t traditional considering both of his parents were in the military; however, thankfully the majority of their time in the service was in Jacksonville. Nolan attributes his parents regimented parenting style growing up, to his long career in the NFL.
Once he reached Junior high, the opportunities were endless. It was in junior high that Nolan became interested in playing football; simultaneously he also played soccer and ran track in the same school year. Though he was not big in size, he was swift with speed becoming one of the fastest, if not the fastest, high schoolers’ in Clay County, Florida where he was coined the nickname “Flash.” Nolan received many athletic awards in high school: First place in Florida Crown Conference in track and field, first place winner at the 11th annual Clay County Track and Field Championship 4X400, 100 Meter Dash and 4X100 Meter Relay. He was named Florida Star Conference Athletic Award All Conference for boys track, Clay County Football Super 11 and All County Player and Florida Times Union Super 24 High School Football Player.
He received a full scholarship to the University of Maryland. Drafted as a wide receiver, but found his niche at cornerback. He jumped a vertical of 41.0, which was the third best mark among defensive backs in Maryland’s history and ran a 4.42 40 at his Maryland Pro Day. During his last year at the University of Maryland, he suffered a broken leg and was forced to forgo that season. This did not discourage Nolan. Instead, he used this as fuel to advance himself in exercise and health to get stronger, healthier and faster. Nolan was invited to the NFL Combine in 2010- he was impressive and caught the eye of many scouts which landed him invites to workouts with various NFL teams.
Nolan was drafted in the fifth round of the 2010 NFL draft to the Miami Dolphins, where he excelled in his four years with the Dolphins. Nolan started 20 games in his 3 1/2 years with Miami and was a playmaker at all levels: he had 3 interceptions, one forced fumble and 2 QB sacks in his career with the Dolphins. An elite cover corner- among corners that have played at least 50% of their team’s snaps in 2011 Nolan ranked 6/69 in completion % at just 47.5! And among corners that have played at least 50% of their team’s snaps in the 2013 Nolan ranked 5/69 in missed tackles with just one. In 2013 Nolan lead all Dolphins cornerback in tackle percentage stopping and opposing QB completion percentage. Nolan was one of the top free agent corners available in 2014. In 2014 Nolan made the list of potential pro bowl eligible players.
As a free agent, Nolan signed with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2014. In 2015 week 6 Nolan was named to “Gruden's Grinder.” Nolan shut down Odell Beckham Jr. and had a pick-6 to put the game away. By the 11th game in the 2015 season, before his season ending injury when fellow players fell on and broke Nolan’s fibula, Nolan ranked 2nd amongst all NFL cornerbacks with 57 tackles, 10 passes defensed and 2 interceptions including a return for a touchdown. In 2015 Nolan made the list of potential pro bowl eligible players.
In 2016 Nolan established the Nolan Carroll Foundation with a mission to support educational opportunities and promote a healthy lifestyle for today’s disadvantaged youths. The foundation is active in many communities throughout the country providing STEM educational opportunities, adopt-a-school support and challenge reading programs to help improve academic achievements among at-risk kids. For the latest foundation news be sure to check out our programs page.