Jim Carter Obituary: Green Bay Packers Legend Death Due To Cancer

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Jim Carter Obituary: The Green Bay Packers’ legend Carter died on Thanksgiving day of 2023 at 75, leaving the world in mourning the loss of a figure to look for.

While the online obituaries stated that the retired NFL linebacker died of cancer, no specifications or details were out.

The news of Jim’s death came 45 years after he retired from an NFL career of eight seasons. Yet, even after all these years, his proficient defensive skills remain the talk of the franchise.

Retired NFL Player Jim Carter Died Of Cancer In November 2023
Retired NFL Player Jim Carter Died Of Cancer In November 2023 (Source: Stars Tribune)

James Charles Carter was an American football player who played for the only NFL team Green Bay Packers from 1970 to 1978.

A third-round pick of the 1970 NFL draft, Carter’s potential didn’t take him long to progress. After his rookie season, he replaced legendary linebacker Ray Nitschke in 1971 as the starter.

It did come up with both bright & dark sides; while players and coaches respected his progression, fans would “boo” him as he replace the fan-favorite Nitschke.

After his retirement from the NFL, Carter ventured into the business world and earned money showers, and respect.

Jim Carter Obituary: Death Due To Cancer

Carter, born on October 18, 1948, died in his home on November 23, 2023, at 75.

But the news would be officially out a few days later, on November 27, when the Green Bay Packers’ official X (formerly Twitter) page shared about the loss.

The news of Jim’s demise soon surged in the social media, with posts of condolences and tributes.

As reported, the cause of Carter’s death was cancer; he was battling cancer for a long time.

However, there was no prior information about his diagnosis, and no details about the specifics were disclosed to the public.

Jim Carter, A Former NFL Player, Played For Eight Seasons Before Retiring In 1978
Jim Carter, A Former NFL Player, Played For Eight Seasons Before Retiring In 1978 (Source: Facebook)

The former NFL player, now retired, is survived by his wife, Victoria. No information about his children or other family members is available.

He became the second member of the 1972 Packers team to die in 2023; earlier in March 2023, running back John Brockington died at 74.

Jim Carter joins the list of NFL players who died of cancer in 2023- Harald Hasselbach and Cedric Killings (pancreatic cancer).

Post-NFL Career Of Carter Before Death

In 1978, then-30-year-old Carter retired from the NFL playing career as a Packers player, completing eight seasons.

After leaving his football career, the 1973 Pro Bowl honoree dipped his toes in the business venture which bloomed with success.

As reported, the University of Minnesota alum bought a struggling Ford dealership in Eau Claire following his retirement. By February of 1980, his dealership as “Jim Carter Ford” began to collect profits.

So, Carter spread his business to other automotive dealerships around Wisconsin: Bob Johnson Chevrolet-Mazda, Car City Honda, Borum-Dyer Volkswagen-Audi, and Ken Loesch Cadillac-Pontiac-Oldsmobile.

Former Packers Linebacker Carter Ventured Into Automobile Dealership After NFL Retirement
Former Packers Linebacker Carter Ventured Into Automobile Dealership After NFL Retirement (Source: Facebook)

Even more, he was honored as the Wisconsin Dealer of the Year in 1988.

After operating the dealership for more than 25 years, he sold all of his business holdings to his longtime manager Keith Kocourek in 2005.

Throughout his business career, the late St. Paul, Minnesota native actively participated in community work.

Some of the honorable positions held by Jim were as president of the Greater Eau Claire Area Chamber (in 1990) and as board of directors of the Wisconsin Auto and Truck Dealers Association and Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation.

Krishna Pandey
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