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Charlie "Choo Choo" Justice

Football 1946-49

University of North Carolina

2009 Southern Conference Hall of Fame Inductee


After serving four years in the Navy during World War II, Charlie Justice enrolled at the University of North Carolina and became one of the greatest college football players in history. An All-Southern Conference tailback in each of his four seasons with the Tar Heels, Justice was a two-time All-American and helped the Tar Heels earn three bowl bids during his four years at UNC.

He was the SoCon's Player of the Year in both 1948 and '49 and finished runner-up in the Heisman Trophy balloting in each of those years. He ran or threw for 64 touchdowns in his career and compiled a total of 4,883 total yards. He led UNC to SoCon championships in 1946 and 1949.

In 1950, Justice was drafted by the Washington Redskins and was the MVP of that year's College All-Star game. In 1961, he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

He was given his colorful nickname by a Naval officer who told a writer, "Look at that guy run. He looks like a runaway train. We ought to call him Choo Choo." Charlie Justice passed away in October 2003 at the age of 79.

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