Carter, Sanders Inducted into

Go Gophers! Sanders (back left) and Carter (back right)
Go Gophers!
Sanders (back left) and Carter (back right)
Go Gophers!

Oct. 25, 2013

Two former Gopher football greats were among the 10 new members inducted into the "M" Club Hall of Fame Thursday night. Charlie Sanders and Jim Carter were honored in a ceremony at TCF Bank Stadium.

Carter was a dual-sport athlete at Minnesota, as he played for two legendary coaches. He was a member of the football team for three seasons (1967-69) under Murray Warmath and played one season of hockey under Glen Sonmor.

Carter was a standout fullback for Warmath from 1967-69 and was a member of the 1967 Big Ten championship team. He led Minnesota with 519 rushing yards during his season as a Gopher and also scored three touchdowns. Carter would captain the Gophers in 1969 before being drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the third round in 1970. He would play nine seasons and 106 games with the Packers and earned a trip to the Pro Bowl in 1973.

"I played with such great guys and great players," Carter said. "I was never the best player on any one of my teams. It was never about me. We had great teams and I was lucky to be a part of them. I'm honored to be among the great guys and ladies to be in here."

Sanders was an All-Big Ten tight end for Minnesota when the Gophers won the 1967 Big Ten championship. During the season, which saw the Gophers go 8-2, Sanders caught 21 passes for 276 yards and two touchdowns.

Sanders was drafted by the Detroit Lions in 1968 and enjoyed a 10-year career which culminated with seven Pro Bowls and a 2007 induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Sanders, who was also named to the NFL 1970s All-Decade Team, played in 128 games with Detroit and caught 336 balls for 4,817 yards and 31 touchdowns.

For photos and more information about the ceremony and the other eight inductees, click here for the full story.