A standout defensive end for the Pirates from 1972-76, Cary Godette received All-America honors in 1976 after recording 54 tackles, including 10 quarterback sacks and 16 tackles for loss during the season. His accomplishments also earned him an invitation to the 1976 American Bowl in Tampa, Fla.
Godette captured numerous honors prior to his 1976 senior season. He was named Most Outstanding Freshman in 1972, an All-Southern Conference selection three times, an All-State selection twice, 1975 MVP and Best Defensive Player, and honorable mention AP All-America in 1975. Godette also served as the team's co-captain in 1975 and 1976. During Godette's ECU career, the Pirates compiled a 32-12 record and won three Southern Conference championships.
After graduation, Godette moved into coaching. He stayed on with the Pirates for three seasons as the defensive line coach. After other assistant coaching stints at the collegiate level, Godette returned to his alma mater in 1990 to once again coach the defensive line.