Wray Carlton once scored 48 points in a high school basketball game and attracted the attention of big league baseball scouts, but the native of Wallace, N.C. gained the most fame as a running back at Duke and in eight seasons with the Buffalo Bills.
Carlton, who with his wife, Susan, has lived in Orchard Park for more than 50 years, will be among a class of eight to be inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame in Raleigh, N.C., tonight.
Carlton was a two-time first team All-Atlantic Coast Conference and two-time honorable mention All-America running back for the Blue Devils in 1957 and 1958. A three-year letterman, he helped Duke to an overall record of 16-12-3, including two final top-20 finishes and an Orange Bowl appearance. He ran for 1,774 yards and 17 touchdowns in his career and finished with 2,798 career all-purpose yards and 148 points. He also had five interceptions in that era of two-way football in college.
He was drafted by Philadelphia in the NFL, but signed instead with the Bills and played on Buffalo's two American Football League championship teams, rushing 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.
Other inductees include former NBA player M.L. Carr, former Duke football stars Wilt Browning and Dr. Jerry McGee, Lennie Rosenbluth of North Carolina's undefeated 1957 NCAA basketball championship team, professional water skier Kristi Overton Johnson, former major leaguer Sammy Esposito, the baseball coach at North Carolina State and Henry Trevathan, who coached football for more than 60 years at various levels in the Tar Heel State.