Carr retired from playing in 1975 and immediately went into coaching. He coached for 25 seasons with the Vikings, Bears, Eagles, Lions, Bills, Falcons and 49ers. He spent much of that time as a defensive coordinator and earned a reputation as one of the best defensive minds in the game.
"I got to the Minnesota Vikings in the fall of 1983 just after Gummy Carr had left the Vikings," recalled former Vikings defensive back Carl Lee last week. "Since he was from West Virginia and so was I, the Vikings staff and players bombarded me with Gummy Carr stories.
"I have never heard of a coach that was more beloved, appreciated and admired by everyone as Gummy Carr was for the Vikings. He was loved and respected by the players, the coaching staff and everyone in the organization. Quite frankly, he was so highly thought of that it made it impossible for anyone to ever follow him as a defensive backs coach. He must have been something special."
Carr coached in one Super Bowl with the 1985 New England Patriots. Among the NFL coaches who learned under Carr were Jerry Glanville, Fritz Shurmur, Floyd Reese and current Patriots head coach Bill Belichick.
His son, Ken Carr, writes to say that his dad became very strong in his Christian faith at the age of 62 and spent many of his latter years working in his church. He leaves behind a wife, two children and seven grandchildren.
All in all, it was a life of incredible accomplishment for a kid from Cabin Creek.
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