In today’s college football world, Jack Carr wouldn’t be considered a giant of a man.
But back in the 1940s when the Abbeville native played four sports at Chillicothe Junior College in Missouri, he was an intimidating figure as a 6-foot-4, 250-pound tackle on the football team.
An old newspaper clipping with a picture of Carr down in his three-point stance had the headline: Missouri’s Biggest Football Tackle.
Below the picture, the words read: “The biggest tackle in Missouri is a safe thing to say about Jack Carr, left tackle for the Ducks. He stands 6 feet, 4 inches in height and bounces the scales to 250 pounds. His football pants had to be specially made for him this year.”
Carr was a star during his days at Abbeville High School, where he participated in football, basketball, track and baseball. He earned all-state honors in both football and basketball – playing the center position in those respective sports. He also was a catcher for the baseball team and threw the shot put on the track team.
Carr, who passed away in 1994, is one of nine to be inducted into the Wiregrass Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday in what will be the 25th anniversary celebration of the event.