Oh, poor Quincy Carter. We mean that literally: Quincy Carter is poor. Why else would he be playing football for chump change in something called the “Intense Football League”?
According to the ABILENE REPORTER-NEWS, Carter’s new team is the “Abilene Ruff Riders,” which is, if we had to guess, a deft tip of the cap to Theodore Roosevelt and Dennis The Menace’s dog. Unfortunately for Carter, his salary is a long, long way away from the $455,000 he was making with the Cowboys and Dolphins a few years ago. In fact, it’s–oh wait, we spoiled the surprise in the headline. Yeah, $200 per game and a $50 bonus per win. Woo?
Of course, Carter might be able to find a good use for that money: marijuana paying off that DWI he got down in Texas back on February 27. Yes, that might have a little to do with it. But DWIs can carry penalties of up to $2000 in Texas; if Abilene goes .500, then it would take half of the season to pay that $2000 off, to say nothing of whatever other fees Carter incurred during the arrest.
The Ruff Riders (what a stupid name) are obviously excited about landing Carter–it’s not like there are many big names around their minor league arena football team, after all. But their optimism, especially about Carter, may need to be reined in just a touch:
“You see Quincy on TV and you see Quincy up close and there’s no comparison,” coach Gerald Dockery said. “He can throw the ball with amazing accuracy and has a strong NFL arm. With the right season, he has the opportunity to be right back up there.”
“At this level, we expect that to happen. That’s what we want and we encourage it,” Ruff Riders general manager Barney Welch said. “This league allows player to move up. We don’t want to encourage lateral moves. But we want them to know that if they play for the Abilene Ruff Riders, maybe they can be the next guy who plays for the Dallas Cowboys.”
Ahem. As Carter himself can attest, it’s not exactly a one-step jump from the Ruff Riders to the Cowboys; his slide went NFL, CFL, AFL, af2, and now the IFL. So hopefully the rest of the Ruff Riders don’t get their hopes up too high; there are still many, many levels at which they can fail before they even sniff an NFL roster.