While watching the Rose Bowl this weekend, I couldn't help but notice the stellar play of TCU Linebacker Tank Carder. He was everywhere on the field and seemed to always be coming up with one big play after another. Carder was also easily recognizable because of his flair. I'm not talking about Ric Flair, I'm talking about armband flair, and Tank has a lot of it. His bands stand out so much that it got me thinking about who else but The Ultimate Warrior.
Could these two be related? Maybe Tank is a son or a nephew of the legendary wrestler? After a quick peek at the Warrior's wikipedia page it's pretty clear that The Ultimate Warrior, born James Brian Hellwig, is not related to Tank Carder despite their uncanny armband similarity. However, it's pretty clear that the former extreme athlete (Carder used to be a champion BMX racer) finds some inspiration in The Warrior.
Carder is draft eligible this year but would have to declare early as he is a redshirt Junior. Although it doesn't look like he would be the top LB in this years draft, he could certainly be picked in the first few rounds. Carder has been the leader of the top defense in the country over the last two seasons and his stellar play in Saturday's Rose Bowl will absolutely help his stock. Maybe we'll get to see football's ultimate warrior playing on Sunday's next year.