Olympic medalists Michael Carter ’83 and his daughter, Michelle Carter, led the 2016 Homecoming Parade as grand marshals.
Michael won the silver medal in the shot put in the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, and 32 years later, Michelle made history by winning the gold medal in the shot put in the 2016 Rio Olympics.
A Dallas native, Michael played football for the Mustangs in 1981 and 1982. He took first place in shot put and helped SMU win the NCAA Men’s Indoor National Championship in 1983, the Mustangs’ first national title in 29 years, a feat proudly touted in the 1983 Rotunda yearbook.
He went on to play in the National Football League, spending his entire career with the San Francisco 49ers, 1984-1992. He is the only athlete to have won a silver Olympic medal and a Super Bowl XIX ring within a 12-month period. He won a total of three Super Bowl rings with the 49ers and was a three-time Pro Bowl selection.
Michelle is the first U.S. woman to win Olympic gold in the shot put. She also competed for Team USA in the Beijing and London Olympics.