Charles Ronald "Choo-Choo" Justice (May 18, 1924 – October 17, 2003). American football halfback in the National Football League for the Washington Redskins. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.
Justice on 1952 Bowman football card
|Born:||May 18, 1924|
Asheville, North Carolina, U.S.
|Died:||October 17, 2003 (aged 79)|
Cherryville, North Carolina, U.S.
|Height:||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Weight:||176 lb (80 kg)|
|High school:||Lee H. Edwards High School|
|NFL Draft:||1950 / Round: 16 / Pick: 201|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of 1954|
|Player stats at PFR|
Born in Asheville, North Carolina, Justice attended and played high school football at Lee H. Edwards High School (now Asheville, N.C., High School), where he was a part of two undefeated seasons. He averaged 25 yards per rush his last year in high school. His senior year, his team outscored the opposition 400-6.
After high school, Justice spent four years in the Navy in World War II. During that time, he played on the football team at Bainbridge Naval Center. His nickname Charlie "Choo Choo" was given to him because of the way he dodges tackles. One of the officers remarked, "He looks like a runaway train, we ought to call him Choo Choo."
After the war, Justice was heavily recruited by Duke, North Carolina, and South Carolina. He was quoted as saying that he believed that an athlete should play in the state that he is going to make his career in, so he chose the University of North Carolina. Being a war veteran, he knew he had no need of an athletic scholarship. Justice sent a proposal to both universities asking each to allow him to attend on his G.I. tuition money and give the scholarship to his wife. Only North Carolina accepted this. Thus Justice attended and played college football at the University of North Carolina under Carl Snavely, where he played tailback for four years. Justice was also an active member of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity in his years at UNC. While there, he was named an All-American in 1948 and 1949, and finished second in the Heisman Trophy voting both years. While at North Carolina, Justice ran or threw for 64 touchdowns and set a team total-offense record of 4,883 yards, which stood until 1994.
He was named the Most Valuable Player in the 1950 College All-Star Game, when he led the college team to a 17-7 win over the Philadelphia Eagles. He ran for 133 yards which was 48 yards more than the entire Eagles Team. He had runs of 33 and 45 yards and caught a pass for 40 yards.
During college, Johnny Long and his Orchestra recorded the song "All the Way, Choo Choo."
In an exhibition game in 1952 in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Justice rushed 11 times for 199 yards (18.1 average), with runs of 46, 65 and 54 yards. He sustained a broken arm in the third quarter.
After football, Justice owned an insurance firm. He and his wife, Sarah, had a son, Ronnie, and a daughter, Barbara. He died in 2003. In 1970, the University of North Carolina dedicated a section of its athletic center in his name, calling it the Charlie Justice Hall of Honor. Justice Street in Chapel Hill, NC is named after him. He was also named one of the all time 70 Greatest Redskins. In 1999, Sports Illustrated named Justice the 14th Greatest North Carolina Sports Figure. The 22 (his jersey number at UNC) yard line at Kenan Stadium is colored blue in his honor.
The 1943 Bainbridge Naval Training Station Commodores football team represented the Bainbridge Naval Training Station during the 1943 college football season. The station was located at Bainbridge, Maryland. The team compiled a 7–0 record, outscored opponents by a total of 313 to 7, and was ranked No. 17 in the final AP Poll. Joe Maniaci was the team's head coach.1948 College Football All-America Team
The 1948 College Football All-America team is composed of college football players who were selected as All-Americans by various organizations and writers that chose College Football All-America Teams in 1948. The seven selectors recognized by the NCAA as "official" for the 1948 season are (1) the Associated Press, (2) the United Press, (3) the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), (4) the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA), (5) the International News Service (INS), (6) the Newspaper Enterprise Association (NEA) and (7) The Sporting News.
SMU quarterback Doak Walker and Penn center Chuck Bednarik were the only players unanimously named by all seven official selectors as first-team All-Americans. Walker also won the 1948 Heisman Trophy.Charles Justice
Charles Justice may refer to:
Charles Justice (American football coach), head coach of the University of New Hampshire's football team
Charlie Justice (halfback) (1924–2003), American football halfback
Charlie Justice (politician) (born 1968), Democratic member of the Florida Senate
1948 College Football All-America Team consensus selections