• All-state defensive end; also played running back.
  • Was also a standout sprinter in track and was the CCHS Sportsmanship award winner in 1962.
  • Played football at Michigan State University.It is a cliché for sure, but Carter Burris can best be described as “the man, the myth, the legend.”


Carter was a two-year starter on the Columbus varsity and played both ways.  He was a defensive end, an offensive tackle and, in an emergency, he was a running back.  Indeed, in one game his senior season, playing for an injured starter, Carter scored five touchdowns.

In his senior year, Carter was all-state as a defensive end and all-catholic as a running back.

Carter Burrus also was a sprinter on the track team and qualified twice for the state championship.  In his junior year, the Explorers finished runner up in the state and, as a senior, Carter had the school’s fastest times in the 100 and 220 yard dashes.

Carter went on to play football at Michigan State University.  He played for just one season but stayed there to study and help coach the team that won the national championship in 1965 and 1966.

After graduating from Michigan State, Carter returned to Columbus where he began a teaching career that is both mythical and legendary.

He was here at Columbus for 24 years before moving on to Miami Dade Community College where today he is the director of the Honors College.