All the Way Choo Choo

Justice has inspired generations of athletes...

Justice has inspired generations of athletes...

Throughout the country during the late 1940s, legendary football player Charlie “Choo Choo” Justice established a benchmark for superstar status.

His impact on Carolina football was so great that the 1946-49 seasons became known as the “Justice Era,” which remains one of the most exciting times in Carolina football’s history.

Before coming to Carolina, the Asheville native served in the Navy for four years during World War II. Playing on the football team at Bainbridge Naval Center, Justice acquired the nickname “Choo Choo” because he ran along just like a train.

The first athlete named to the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame, Justice has inspired generations of athletes, especially Tar Heel football players. He was also the inspiration for the song, “All the Way Choo Choo,” Orville Campbell’s tribute to Justice’s talents on the football field.

Read the complete Carolina Story…Opens in new window



Carolina Athletics Funding Priorities

Readers Also Viewed...


A Tribute To Them

Coach Karen Shelton reflects on her players, a championship season and the best field hockey stadium in America


A Legacy Beyond The Field

Karen Shelton never planned to be a head field hockey coach, not at North Carolina nor anywhere else.


Hoops for Relief

A normal shooting drill for the Tar Heels became a catalyst for Hurricane Florence relief.


A Winning Culture

Veteran women's field hockey coach Karen Shelton stresses a winning culture on and off the field.


A Note to Every Senior

Legendary women's soccer coach Anson Dorrance has a special way to appreciate his team's seniors.

UNC Men's Basketball Coach Roy Williams

Making the Plays

"It may be my name on the court, but it really honors all of them because they made the plays.”