Justice was a Tar Heel, Redskin standout

CHERRYVILLE, N.C. -- Charlie "Choo-Choo" Justice, a North
Carolina running back who twice finished runner-up for the Heisman
Trophy in the late 1940s and then played for the Washington
Redskins, died Friday. He was 79.

Justice died at his home in Cherryville, family friend Hugh
Morton said. Justice had been in declining health the last five

In four years at North Carolina, the star running back gained
4,883 yards running and passing, a record that stood for 45 years
until quarterback Jason Stanicek topped it in 1994. Justice was on
hand to congratulate Stanicek.

In 1948, Justice was second to Doak Walker of SMU in the Heisman
Trophy balloting. The next season, Notre Dame's Leon Hart got the
award ahead of Justice.

North Carolina went to the Sugar Bowl twice and the Cotton Bowl
once with Justice. The Tar Heels lost all three games but went
32-9-2 while Justice was at the school.

In the 1950 College All-Star Game in Chicago, he gained 133
yards, 48 more than the Philadelphia Eagles collected as a team. He
was named the game's most valuable player.

He played halfback for the Redskins from 1950-54. Justice was
honored by the Redskins in 2002 as one of the team's 70 greatest
players during its 70th anniversary celebration.

He was the first athlete inducted into the North Carolina Sports
Hall of Fame.

Justice is survived by his wife, Sarah Hunter Justice; a
daughter, Barbara Crews; two granddaughters; and one

Funeral arrangements have not been completed.