“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3: 5-6
Carson grew up in Bismarck, N.D., and attended Century High School, where he was a decorated three-sport athlete and class valedictorian. As a senior, he signed a National Letter of Intent to continue his education and play football at North Dakota State University. He was a part of five national championship teams during his time at NDSU, along with twice being named the Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA Championship. Carson, a three-time recipient of the NCAA Elite 90 Award, was recognized as an All-American both athletically and academically. The two-year team captain remains in the top five in school history in passing completions, yards and touchdowns, despite only starting 23 games in his career.
After his performances at the Senior Bowl, NFL Combine, and NDSU’s Pro Day, Carson was drafted second-overall by the Philadelphia Eagles in the 2016 NFL Draft. He was named the team’s starting quarterback only eight days before his rookie season, in which he set a franchise and NFL rookie record with 379 completions.
Following his first season in the NFL, Carson knew he wanted to use the platform the Lord had given him to make a difference. Together, he and his brother, Zach, launched the AO1 Foundation in July of 2017 with a mission of “uplifting individuals and communities around the world by demonstrating God’s love for His people.”
Carson’s success in the NFL has continued since his rookie season, setting a franchise-record with 33 passing touchdowns as a member of the Super Bowl LII-winning Eagles in 2017. He was also named second-team All-Pro and was voted to his first Pro Bowl following his second season.
Carson married his wife, Madison (Oberg), in July of 2018, whom he met on a mission trip to Haiti. The couple has two children: Hadley Jayne and Hudson Rose. Carson and Maddie also enjoy spending time with their dogs: Henley, Jersey and Riggs.
“But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31
Zach, Carson’s older brother, spent the first seven years of his life in North Carolina before moving to Bismarck, N.D., where he attended Century High School. In the fall of 2008, Zach enrolled at North Dakota State University, becoming a three-year captain on the baseball team. He finished with a .334 average in 208 games, and remains tied for the school record in doubles (58). Zach graduated with a degree in Physical & Health Education in December of 2012.
Following a year of playing baseball professionally, Zach became the Volunteer Assistant for the NDSU baseball program while pursuing his master’s degree in Administration, which he would later earn in 2016. He moved back to Bismarck in the fall of 2013, where he was a teacher and football coach at Century and Legacy High School for three years. Zach married his wife, Andie (Retterath), in July of 2015.
After Carson was drafted by the Eagles in the 2016 NFL Draft, Zach and Andie decided to move to Philadelphia to support him. Following his first professional season, Carson knew he wanted to use the platform the Lord has given him to serve others. The AO1 Foundation was launched in July of 2017, and Zach was named Executive Director. His role is to provide leadership, fundraise, and to ensure the mission of the foundation is carried out through its various initiatives.
Zach and Andie have three children: Sutton Joy, Ryder Hope, Rhett Zachary.
“I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:13
Born in Mobile, Ala., Blake attended Theodore High School and enrolled at Faulkner State Community College, where he studied pre-law, business and pre-forestry. After receiving his degree in 2001, Hamilton decided to continue his education at Mississippi State University, receiving a bachelor’s degree in Forestry and Wildlife Biology.
Blake began a career in the conservation business with Mossy Oak. In seven years with the organization he gained valuable management experience due to his unique perspective provided by his education and previous hands-on experience in wildlife management.
Combining his vision for conservation and eye for marketing/business development, Blake founded Nature’s Eye in July of 2013. Since its inception, Nature’s Eye has grown into a nationally and globally recognized brand with multiple subsidiaries including land investment and development, media services and real estate.
Carson partnered with Nature’s Eye in the spring of 2019 to purchase and develop a hunting property in Texas, which led to a friendship with Blake that continues to this day.
He resides in Lufkin, Tex. with his wife, Tasha (Brown), and their three children: Rivers, Larkin and Finley.
“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6:33
Chris, a native of Racine, Wis., was a walk-on wide receiver at Western Michigan before transferring to Wisconsin, also as a walk-on. It was here he was converted to a safety and recorded five interceptions and 94 tackles in only two seasons with the Badgers.
Maragos signed a rookie free agent deal with San Francisco after the NFL Draft in April of 2010. After spending much of the season on the 49ers’ practice squad, he was released in September 2011 but signed with Seattle later that month. Chris became a key contributor in three seasons with the Seahawks, including a win in Super Bowl XLVIII over the Denver Broncos in 2013.
After signing with Philadelphia the following season, Maragos quickly developed a close friendship with Carson and was named an alternate to the Pro Bowl after leading the Eagles with 14 special teams tackles, a forced fumble, a blocked punt and his first NFL touchdown in 2014. He recorded a team-high 49 special teams tackles during his tenure in Philadelphia.
Chris announced his retirement from the NFL on July 16, 2019, and now resides in Florida with his wife, Serah (West), whom he married in April of 2010. The couple has three children: Mason, Micah and Camby.