Carson Hilton Palmer (born December 27, 1979) is an American football quarterback for the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of Southern California (USC) and won the Heisman Trophy in 2002. The Cincinnati Bengals, for whom he played eight seasons, chose him with the first overall pick in the 2003 NFL Draft, and Palmer also played two seasons for the Oakland Raiders. He has been selected to two Pro Bowls. He is the older brother of fellow quarterback Jordan Palmer.