John David "Catch" Carlson, Jr. (born May 12, 1984, in St. Cloud, Minnesota, U.S.) is an American football tight end for the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Seahawks in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He played college football at Notre Dame.
He was born in St. Cloud, Minnesota, however his family moved to Litchfield right after his birth. Carlson graduated from Litchfield High School which competes in the Wright County Conference. As a football player, he was all-state Minnesota in his Senior year. He played in the 2003 U.S. Army All-American Bowl alongside fellow Notre Dame Fighting Irish players Brady Quinn, Ryan Harris, and Tom Zbikowski. As a basketball player, Carlson was voted to the preseason McDonald's All-American list. During his senior year, John Carlson managed to shatter three backboards. Carlson was also an all-state tennis player. His dad is also the basketball and tennis coach for the Litchfield Dragons.
Carlson played college football at Notre Dame, where he was a two-year starter at tight end. He was named captain in his junior and senior seasons. He recorded 100 receptions, 1,093 receiving yards and 8 total touchdowns in his career. He also lived in St. Edward's Hall, the oldest residence hall on campus.