Carlester Crumpler, Sr.
Hometown: Wilson, N.C.
Sport: Football (1971-73)
Coach: Sonny Randle
Carlester Crumpler did not plan on going to college until his sophomore year of high school. But thanks to his high school coach, Henry Trevathan, he geared his academic courses towards a college curriculum and the rest is in the ECU athletic history books.
Crumpler was one of the finest running backs ever to don an ECU uniform. He set countless records during his playing days, including most 100-yard rushing games in a season (9), rushing touchdowns in a season (17) and career (37). He concluded his career as the Pirates' all-time leading rusher with 2,889 yards. In 1972, he became the first player in school history to rush for over 1,200 yards in a season with 1,309 yards on the ground.
He received All-America honorable mention accolades in 1972 and '73 and was voted Southern Conference Athlete-of-the-Year in 1972. Crumpler was also an all-state selection for two seasons and was picked to play in the Blue-Gray All-Star Classic in 1973. He was selected by the Buffalo Bills in the 1974 and played professionally until 1977.
Crumpler was enshrined into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame in 2002.