Carlton Tyrell Godwin
(born July 10, 1979 in Wilmington, North Carolina
) is a former Major League Baseball
pinch hitter who played for the Washington Nationals
Godwin played both football and baseball collegiately while attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
on the prestigious Morehead Scholarship
Godwin played primarily on special teams
during the 1997 and 1998 seasons, leading the Atlantic Coast Conference
with a 27.8 kickoff return average in 1998 and setting a school record with a 100 yard kickoff return for a touchdown against Stanford
on September 19, 1998. Godwin did not play football for the Tar Heels after the 1998 season, deciding instead to concentrate on baseball.
Godwin played 4 years of baseball for the Tar Heels, batting .337 ins 1998, .371 in 1999, .363 in 2000 and .327 in 2001. Godwin was a 3rd team All-American in 2000. Godwin also played for the New Orleans Zephyrs AAA Minor League team in the 2005 and 2006 seasons.
Godwin was drafted by the New York Yankees
(in 1997) and the Texas Rangers
(in 2000) but did not sign with either team. He eventually signed with the Toronto Blue Jays
after being drafted in the 3rd round (91st overall) of the 2001 amateur draft.
Godwin played in three games for the Nationals in 2005