OVILLA, TX -- Michael Carter was always No. 95 in daughter Michelle’s eyes. A bruising defensive lineman and three-time Super Bowl champion with the San Francisco 49ers, Carter was a force in his nine-year NFL career.
It turns out, though, there was more to Michael than met the eye.
"I didn’t know about his track career because he stopped track in 1984 when he got a silver medal, and that same year he was also drafted,” Michelle Carter said. "He graduated college (from SMU), and I was born the year after.”
When Michelle decided to throw shot put and discus at Red Oak High School, everything changed.
“I told him this is what I wanted to do. I wanted to try out,” she said. "He was like, 'Are you sure? Who asked you? What’s going on?' He knew that everybody else knew what he did, and I didn’t. He wanted to make sure that if I decided to do track and field that it was going to be my decision.”
And the rest is gold plated history.
Michelle Carter won gold in the shot put at this summer’s Rio Olympics, becoming the first American woman to reach the top step in that event. In the process, she outdid dear old dad, now her coach, but himself the 1984 silver medalist in shot put.
He’s not conceding victory to his daughter, though!
"What he says is, 'Okay, yeah, you’re the gold medalist, but I still have one over you,’” Michelle Carter said. “I'm like, 'How? What do you have over me?' He said, ‘I'm the coach of an Olympic gold medalist.’"
She got a good laugh out of that one, but you better believe it didn’t fly with the Shot Diva.
"At the end of the day, it’s gonna be like, 'Coached by Michael Carter,’” Michelle said. "Now you’re Michelle Carter’s dad.”
So what’s next? Carter vs. Carter at Tokyo 2020? Hey! Just throwing it out there!