Rubin Carter

Student-Athlete
Inducted 2020

Stranahan High School’s multi-sport athlete, Rubin Carter, was inducted into the Florida High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2020. Over the span of his high school career, Carter dominated on the football field and track, earning accolades such as Florida All-State Defensive Tackle, Florida All-State Shot-Put Champion, and Broward County Athlete of the Year.

Carter was among one of the first African American’s to receive an athletic scholarship from the University of Miami. There he went on to gain All-American, Iron Arrow Honor Society, and Hula Bowl All-Star MVP recognition, which would set him up for an impressive NFL Pro Bowl career. Drafted by the Denver Broncos, Carter helped lead the team to the Super Bowl in 1978 and won the Ed Block Award of Courage (1986). Just nine short years after his first appearance, he found himself at the Super Bowl again with the Broncos, but this time as an assistant coach. Carter went on to coach at several prestigious high schools, universities, and professional leagues all over the country including Lincoln High School, Miami Killian Senior High School, Howard University, New York Jets, Washington Redskins, and head coach at Florida A&M University. He instructed countless athletes and teams who would go onto receive football scholarships, conference championship titles, and Pro Bowl appearances.

An exemplary leader on and off the field, Carter is often described as a mentor and humanitarian. He has headed efforts such as annual food drives to feed the disenfranchised and elderly, and developed model tutoring programs with limited resources. He has been active with numerous philanthropic organizations such as; Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Pro Athletes Outreach, Bal Swan Children’s Center, United Black Students Scholarship Fund (UM), and Multiple Sclerosis Society of Colo. Carter is also a distinguished member of the Fort Lauderdale Hall of Fame (1981), University of Miami Hall of Fame (1992), Florida Track and Field Hall of Fame (1999), and was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated in 1977.