A native of Wallace, N.C., Carlton was a two-time first team All-ACC and two-time honorable mention All-America running back for the Blue Devils in 1957 and 1958. A three-year letterman on the gridiron, he helped Duke to an overall record of 16-12-3, including an ACC ledger of 12-4-1, along with two final top-20 finishes and an Orange Bowl appearance following the 1957 campaign.
For his career, Carlton rushed 381 times for 1,774 yards and 17 touchdowns and, as a junior, set a school single-season record with four 100-yard rushing games. Finishing with 2,798 career all-purpose yards, he also scored a total of 148 points - including a career-high 26 versus Virginia in 1957, a total which ranks tied for second on Duke's single-game chart. Defensively, Carlton registered five career interceptions.
In an eight-year professional career with the Buffalo Bills of the American Football League, Carlton rushed for 3,368 yards and 29 touchdowns while catching 110 passes for 1,329 yards and five scores. He led the AFL in rushing yards per attempt in 1962 and in rushing touchdowns in 1965. In addition to appearing in two Pro Bowls (1965-66), Carlton was a two-time second team All-AFL selection in 1960 and 1966.
Carlton is joined in the class by Wilt Browning, M. L. Carr, Sam Esposito, Dr. Jerry McGee, Kristi Overton Johnson, Lennie Rosenbluth and Henry Trevathan.
"The achievements of this year's class of inductees enrich our state's remarkable sports heritage, and they certainly earned the honor of joining the 281 men and women previously enshrined," said Dr. Janie Brown, president of the Hall.
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The North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame was established in 1962. The permanent exhibit is located on the third floor of the North Carolina Museum of History on Jones Street in downtown Raleigh. The exhibit features significant artifacts donated by all the inductees. The museum is open Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Admission is free.