Cedric Minter
Date of birth: (1958-11-13) November 13, 1958 (age 61)
Place of birth: Charleston, South Carolina
Career information
Position(s): Running back
College: Boise State
High school: Borah (Boise, ID)
 As player:
Toronto Argonauts
New York Jets
Toronto Argonauts
Ottawa Rough Riders
Career highlights and awards
CFL All-Star: 1981, 1982
Awards: 1981 Frank M. Gibson Trophy
Honors: 1983 Grey Cup Champion
Playing stats at

Cedric Alwyn Minter, (born November 13, 1958, in Charleston, South Carolina), is a former professional football player, an award-winning running back in the Canadian Football League. After his playing career, Minter became an educator and is currently a high school principal in Boise, Idaho.

Early yearsEdit

Minter's father served in the U.S. Air Force, and was transferred to Mountain Home AFB in Idaho in 1959, when Cedric was a few months old.[1] A year later the family moved to nearby Boise, where he grew up and played his high school football in the mid-1970s for Borah High School under head coach Delane "De" Pankratz. Minter had outstanding seasons for the Lions as a sophomore and junior; the Lions went undefeated in 1975[2] and Minter had the attention of the top college football programs. But after incurring a shoulder injury on the first play of his senior season in 1976,[3] the attention rapidly subsided.[4] Oregon and Kansas were still interested, but only Boise State in his hometown was interested in him as a 170 lb (77 kg) running back.[5][1]


Minter graduated from high school in 1977 and accepted a football scholarship to Boise State, where he became a two time All-American under head coach Jim Criner. He made his mark early as a freshman with a school record 210 yards against Cal Poly.[6] As a sophomore, he set a Big Sky record by rushing with 1526 yards in 1978[7] (surpassed at BSU twice, by Brock Forsey and Ian Johnson). As a senior in 1980, he was a member of BSU's "Four Horseman" backfield (along with QB Joe Aliotti, FB David Hughes, and HB Terry Zahner), which led the Broncos to the I-AA national championship. BSU defeated the Grambling Tigers 14-9 in the first round (semifinals) at Bronco Stadium, then edged favored Eastern Kentucky 31-29 with a late touchdown in the championship game in Sacramento on December 20.[8][9]

Minter finished his college career with 4475 rushing yards, but as an undersized Big Sky running back (5'10", 190 lb.), he was not selected in the 1981 NFL Draft, which was twelve rounds (332 selections). Minter began his professional football career in the Canadian Football League in 1981.[10] He graduated from BSU with a bachelor's degree in elementary education in 1985.[11]

Pro careerEdit

Minter signed with the Toronto Argonauts of the CFL in April 1981,[10] and played three seasons, rushing for 815, 563, and 599 yards. He was awarded the Frank M. Gibson Trophy as best rookie in the East in 1981, and was an all star in 1981 and 1982. Minter's finest moment came in 1983, when with only minutes remaining in the 71st Grey Cup game, he scored a touchdown on a Joe Barnes pass to win the game and end the Argonauts long championship drought, whose last win was 31 years earlier in 1952.[12]

After three seasons in Canada, Minter played two seasons in the NFL with the New York Jets. He played a total of 9 games and scored two touchdowns in 1984 and 1985. Minter rushed for 159 yards, caught 11 passes, and returned punts and kickoffs.[13] He returned to Toronto in 1986, played in 4 games and rushed for 170 yards. After a brief stint with the Ottawa Rough Riders in 1987, Minter retired from pro football.

After footballEdit

After his playing days, Minter became an educator in 1988. He taught and coached in southwest Idaho in Middleton and at Capital High School in Boise, and then coached the running backs at Boise State for a season in 1992 under head coach Skip Hall.[5][14] He returned to teaching (and high school coaching) in 1993 in southeast Oregon in Nyssa[5] and earned a master's degree in 1995 from Northwest Nazarene College. Minter has worked in the Boise School District since 2001, and is currently the principal of Frank Church High School, an alternative school for at-risk students.[11]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Cedric Minter: how football changed his life". Mountain Home News. February 22, 2006.
  2. "Borah turns on Highland, wins SIC". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Associated Press: p. 2B. November 15, 1975.,4073445.
  3. "Zags upend Borah club". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Associated Press: p. 9. September 11, 1976.
  4. "The Bronco tradition of great running backs". Bronco August 7, 2006. Retrieved August 20, 2012.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 "Cedric Minter to headline Black History Banquet". Mountain Home News. February 8, 2006.
  6. "Final grid games set by Big Sky schools". Prescott Courier. Associated Press: p. 12. November 18, 1977.,6591528&dq=cedric+minter&hl=en.
  7. "Minter breaks Big Sky rushing mark". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Associated Press: p. 2B. November 29, 1978.,11296340.
  8. Egelko, Bob (December 22, 1980). "Boise grabs national title in Camellia Bowl". Kingman Daily Miner. Associated Press: p. A-6.,6871239.
  9. "Boise State: 1980 season results". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved August 30, 2012.
  10. 10.0 10.1 "Minter signs with Toronto". Spokesman-Review. Associated Press. April 8, 1981.,3282558.
  11. 11.0 11.1 "Frank Church High School: Cedric Minter". Boise School District. Retrieved August 30, 2012.
  12. "Minter comes through with the old 'Argo bounce'". Ottawa Citizen. UPC: p. 29. November 28, 1983.,4052247.
  13. NFL Statistics - Cedric Minter - accessed 2009-10-10
  14. "Minter joins Bronco staff". Moscow-Pullman Daily News: p. 1D. February 15, 1992.,1560549.

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