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Thursday, June 26, 2003
All-American was subject of scrutiny as prosecutor
SEATTLE -- Charles O. "Chuck'' Carroll, an All-American running back at the University of Washington and a King County prosecutor whose 22-year tenure ended in the taint of a corruption scandal, is dead at 96.
Carroll, whose single-game scoring record still stands, was one of three players whose numbers have been retired by the Huskies. He died Monday at Swedish Hospital, his son Chuck Carroll Jr. told the Seattle Times.
An All-American running back in 1928, Carroll also played linebacker and reputedly missed only six minutes of playing time in a three-year college career. He was inducted into the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame in 1964.
Carroll scored 17 touchdowns in 1928, a school record that was broken in 1996 by Corey Dillon, now with the Cincinnati Bengals. Carroll still holds the Washington record for points in a game with 36 against Puget Sound, also in 1928.
After a game the Huskies lost at Stanford that year, Stanford players lifted him onto their shoulders and carried him off the field.
The only other Washington players whose numbers have been retired are Roland Kirkby, a member of the Huskies' Fearsome Foursome backfield in 1950, and George Wilson, an All-America selection in 1925.
Carroll was absolved of wrongdoing in the scandal that ended his political career. The case centered on payments from tavern owners to police who then "tolerated'' gambling, prostitution and other illegal activity.
In addition to his son, Carroll is survived by a daughter, Kathleen, of Portland, Ore., and four grandchildren.
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