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 Cedric Minter - Running Back - 1981-83, 86 - Boise State


Student Life - Lauren Hooker 20-09-2010

For some, Boise State is an opportunity to continue their education. For others, it’s all about football. But for BSU alumnus Cedric Minter, it’s a wonderful combination of both. “I grew up here,” Minter said. ”I wanted to go to Boise State since I was a little kid. They’ve always been my football team. I would basically watch them through the fence because we didn’t have money to get into the games. I always wanted to play there. I thought it was a dream come true.”

Minter is now the assistant vice principal at North Junior High School.

Having a strong football background throughout junior high and high school, Minter was offered a full-ride scholarship to play football for Boise State in 1977. But playing for the football team was just a bonus; the opportunity to continue his education was a major factor in his decision to attend BSU.

“I was going to be a business major at Boise State, but it just didn’t feel right,” he explained. “But one day a professor came up to me and said, ‘Cedric, have you ever considered becoming an educator?’ He had me observe a fourth grade classroom on campus.”
This suggestion changed Minter’s life. After observing the classroom, Minter changed his major to education, a decision that — 22 years later — he describes as the best decision he has ever made.

Between football and academia, Minter’s time at BSU was worthwhile. Not only was Minter signed by the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League upon his college graduation in 1981, he was also awarded the Frank M. Gibson trophy as Best Rookie in the East. He would score the clinching touchdown on a pass from Joe Barnes in the 1983 championship game to give the Argonauts their first Grey Cup since 1952.

“You tie the experience of attending college and playing football together, and it was another dream come true,” Minter said. “I didn’t know I’d have the opportunity to do that.”

After playing three seasons with the Toronto Argonauts, Minter was drafted by the NFL in 1984, and played two seasons with the New York Jets.

“The speed of the game is a lot different,” he said. ”The expectations are different. You’re playing with men in the NFL, in college you’re playing with guys who are (young). But in the NFL, you’re not just playing against men. You’re playing against men with experience.”

Playing professional football is no walk in the park, according to Minter, it was essentially an “eight-to-five” job, with most of the time spent in the classroom.

“You had to study your opponent – their tendencies, weaknesses, who you were going to block … it was very technical,” he explained. ”It wasn’t a job, it was an education.”

Minter finished his professional football career with two more seasons in the CFL, and began teaching a week after retiring. Just because his football career came to an end doesn’t mean the skills and techniques he gained during the years were for nothing.

“The definition of a professional athlete is someone who does the same thing every time, the same way, no matter what the situation is,” Minter said. “Well, we get different situations every day. It’s how you handle them, how you deal with them.”

Minter does his best to spread the lessons and wisdom that he’s gained during the years to the kids that he works with everyday, as well as his own children.

“He has inspired me in many ways,” his son Preston Minter said. ”Not only when it comes to sports and athletics, but when it comes to school, too. He told me a while ago that it doesn’t matter if you get knocked down, it’s how you get back up and perform.”


Cedric Minter (1980) - Boise State's all-time leading rusher, Minter was a three-time All-American and all-Big Sky player who formed the lead horse in the Broncos' famed Four Horsemen backfield. A local high school product, Minter burst onto the scene with a 210-yard game during his freshman season, one of four 200-yarders he would get before his career was up (he holds the single-game record with 261 yards against Northern Michgan; poor Northern Michigan). Those big games and his propensity for big gains make his career rushing record look even better since it comes with a 5.95 yards-per-carry average, which is third-best all-time.

If there is an all-time-anything team, Minter is probably on it, including the Big Sky's Silver Anniversary offense, the Boise State 35 Team, and the Bronco Hall of Fame. He now is OBNUG's top BSU running back of all time, so he should maybe clear some shelf space for that, too.


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Cedric Minter   Boise State 
Yr Team C Yds Avg Lg TD
1981 Tor 182 815 4.5 54 3
1982 Tor 120 563 4.7 73 7
1983 Tor 107 599 5.6 25 5
1984   Played in NFL    
1985   Played in NFL    
1986 Tor 40 170 4.3 18 2
1987 Ott 150 627 4.2 24 7
Total 5 599 2,774 4.6 73 24


Yr Team C Yds Avg Lg TD
1981 Tor 28 371 13.3 55 0
1982 Tor 61 828 13.6 79 5
1983 Tor 38 444 11.7 37 3
1986 Tor 9 48 5.3 11 0
1987 Ott 37 327 8.8 57 0
Total 5 173 2,018 11.7 79 8


    Kick Return  
Yr Team No Yds Avg Lg TD
1981 Tor 12 266 22.2 26 0
1982 Tor 12 227 18.9 24 0
1983 Tor 0 0 0.0 0 0
1986 Tor 4 61 15.3 30 0
1987 Ott 30 611 20.4 38 0
Total 5 58 1,165 20.1 38 0


-- NFL --


Yr Team C Yds Avg Lg TD
1984 NYJ 34 136 4.0 14 1
1985 NYJ 8 23 2.9 11 0
Total 2 42 159 3.8 14 1


Yr Team C Yds Avg Lg TD
1984 NYJ 10 109 10.9 39 1
1985 NYJ 1 13 13.0 13 0
Total 2 11 122 11.1 39 1



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