Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

Carlos Alvarez

Carlos Alvarez


  • Position: Wide Receiver
  • School: Florida
  • High School: North Miami HS (North Miami , FL)
  • Years: 1969-1971
  • Inducted: 2011
  • Place of Birth: Cuba
  • Date of Birth: Apr 01, 1950
  • Jersey Number: 45
  • Height: 5-11
  • Weight: 180

Member Biography

At the age of ten Carlos Alvarez and his Cuban family fled Fidel Castro�s communist regime and settled in Miami. At North Miami High School, Carlos fell in love with the game of football and became a star. He accepted a scholarship to the University of Florida to begin a future Hall of Fame career with the Gators. Carlos began his first varsity season by showing his hall of fame potential. His first collegiate catch against Houston went for a 70 yard touchdown. Florida beat the Cougars, 59-34 thanks to 182 receiving yards from Alvarez. In the regular season finale against Miami (FL), Alvarez helped the Gators triumph over their in state rivals 35-16 by grabbing 15 receptions, a school record that still stands today. He also had 237 receiving yards that game, a single game mark that ranks second in the Gators record books. Alvarez�s sophomore season was his best as he set single season records for receptions (88), receiving yards (1,329), and touchdowns (12) en route to becoming the youngest player to ever make the AFCA All-America team. He also made more All-America teams as a sophomore than any player since Doak Walker in 1947. The two-time All-SEC pick ranks second in school history with 172 career catches. Although Alvarez was slowed by knee injuries later in his career, he still holds Florida�s all-time mark with 2,563 receiving yards and places among the top ten with 19 touchdown catches. Alvarez also holds another Florida record with 25 consecutive contests with a reception. He was not only brilliant on the field; he also excelled in the class room and in the community. Carlos was honored as both a first-team Academic All-America in 1969 and second-team Academic All-America from 1970 to 1971. He is also a member of the Academic All-America Hall of Fame. After leaving Gainesville, Alvarez graduated summa cum laude in 1975 from Duke University School of Law after receiving a NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship. Alvarez is currently a practicing environmental and land use attorney in Tallahassee.