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Charlie Justice


Charles Ronald Justice

Inducted 1961

Date of Birth



Asheville, NC


University of North Carolina (1946-1949)


Charlie "Choo Choo" Justice was a winner all the way. He led Edwards High School in Asheville, NC to two unbeaten seasons. He played in the game matching North Carolina all-stars against South Carolina all-stars and scored three touchdowns. After high school, he spent four years in the Navy in World War II. Part of that time he was a star on the football team at Bainbridge Naval Center. After his discharge, he was offered a pro football contract. He chose instead, at age 22, to start college. He was the starting tailback all four years in the single-wing formation coached by Carl Snavely at North Carolina. North Carolina had a 32-9-2 record in his time. He was named a first-team All-America in 1948 and 1949 and finished second in the Heisman Trophy voting both years. A book was written, "Choo Choo." A song, "All the Way with Choo Choo," was recorded by the Benny Goodman band. Justice set a school record for total offense that lasted for 45 years. He gained 766 yards rushing and 846 passing. He returned 19 punts for an average of 17.5 yards, five kickoffs for an average of 18 yards. His punting average, 44.1 yards, led the nation. He was named the Most Valuable Player in the 1950 College All Star Game, leading the college team to a 17-7 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles. He played for the Washington Redskins, 1950-54. In 1970, the university dedicated a section of its athletic center in his name, calling it the Charlie Justice Hall of Honor.


Height 5'10

Weight 165

Career Highlights

  • 1949 All-Conference
  • 1949 Conference MVP
  • 1949 First Team All-America
  • 1949 Heisman - Second
  • 1948 All-Conference
  • 1948 Conference MVP
  • 1948 Consensus All-America
  • 1948 Heisman - Second
  • 1948 Led nation in punting
  • 1947 All-Conference
  • 1947 Second Team All-America
  • 1946 All-Conference
  • 1946 Second Team All-America
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