Former NFL quarterback working to get back

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Never mind the three turnovers, the small crowd or a 50-yard playing field that must feel depressingly claustrophobic to a man who once marched the Dallas Cowboys into the NFL playoffs.

After nearly four years of career setbacks, personal disappointments and drug-related arrests, something positive has finally happened for Quincy Carter. The former University of Georgia standout started, and completed, a game in the Arena Football League.

While the Kansas City Brigade sits miles beneath the NFL, it's at least one step above the Bossier-Shreveport BattleWings of arenafootball2. That was the quarterback's last port of call in a long and bumpy voyage that one day, he prays, will return him to the big time.

Since he was dismissed by the Cowboys in 2004, inching upward instead of spiraling downward has been all too rare for Lavonya Quintelle Carter.

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