Cris Carpenter did the unthinkable.
He went to high school in Gainesville and college in Athens.
Gainesville, Georgia, that is.
The drive down Route 129 can be brutal sometimes. Trust me, I’ve looked at it extensively on Google Maps.
Carpenter made a name for himself at the University of Georgia on the football field and the baseball diamond.
His career solidified him as one of the top two-sport athletes in UGA history. He carried that success to Major League Baseball.
What is the Georgia Bulldogs great up to today?
Cris Carpenter at Georgia
Carpenter dominated no matter the season at Gainesville High School. He earned All-State honors as a quarterback and punter in football. On the hardwood, he was an All-State guard. He wasn’t too shabby as a pitcher, either.
The Gainesville native decided to give up hoops to focus on punting and pitching in college.
The multi-sport athlete played two seasons under Georgia football coach Vince Dooley. He booted a career punting average of 42.8 yards, which is tied for the fourth-best in program history.
Cris Carpenter’s MLB Career
As a bullpen pitcher for the Cardinals, Florida Marlins, Texas Rangers, and Milwaukee Brewers, Carpenter had 27 wins; 252 strikeouts, 7 saves; and a 3.91 ERA.
He retired in 1996.
Cris Carpenter Now
Carpenter returned to his hometown after hanging up the cleats. He finished his degree at Piedmont College and now works as a history teacher and coach his alma mater.
The SEC legend seems to enjoy being back home. He certainly has a plethora of knowledge and experience to hand down to the next generation.