Retired NFL Safety Keion Carpenter is founder of The Carpenter House, Inc., a Maryland based not-for-profit organization designed to empower underprivileged families by helping them become homeowners. The organization concentrates heavily on single parent families in the Baltimore area, with hopes of expanding nationwide. Founded in 2005, at the height of his football career, with the Atlanta Falcons, Keion has since retired (in 2006) from the NFL; turning his complete focus to his lifelong goal of working to improve the communities of Baltimore City.
This Baltimore native stood out in both football and basketball at an early age. He graduated from Woodlawn Senior High School in 1995. And, he became a star for the Virginia Tech "Hokies" from 1995-1999. Keion is still Virginia Tech's all-time record-holder for blocked punts. He received a Bachelor's degree in Residential Property Management while also studying Housing Interior Design and Resource Management.
In 1999, Keion signed a contract as a rookie free agent with the NFL's Buffalo Bills. He spent three seasons in Buffalo as a starter free safety before signing a free-agent contract with the Atlanta Falcons in March of 2002.
Keion was a guiding force in the secondary unit in his second season in Atlanta, playing in 31 games with 24 starts. He finished with a career-high 73 total tackles in 2002. Keion rebounded from a neck injury suffered in a Divisional Playoff game at Philadelphia in 2003 and went on to play another season. He officially retired in 2006 after an eight-year career NFL. Having had a great passion for sports since the tender age of three, he now knows that his purpose in life is to use the platform that football provided to reach out and help others.
In addition to The Carpenter House, Inc., Keion is a partner in a for-profit advocacy organization called FMK (For My Kids). This organization is committed to helping urban children gain admission to colleges and universities through mentorship and academic guidance. FMK also provides athletic training for high school and college athletes as well as those seeking to continue on through and into a professional career.