Harry Carson

By:Bob Gillespie


Former New York Giants' defensive lineman Harry Carson from South Carolina
Harry Carson in his New York Giants jersey.

Name: Harry Carson

Born: Nov. 26, 1953

Background/Significance: Carson is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame (2002) and one of only three former South Carolina State football players named to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. A fourth-round draft pick, he played 13 seasons from 1976–88, all with the New York Giants.

At SC State, he was the first player named Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference defensive player of the year in consecutive seasons (1973–74) and led the Bulldogs to back-to-back MEAC titles while being named All-American.

Carson was the Giants’ team captain for 10 seasons, made nine Pro Bowl appearances and led New York to victory in Super Bowl XXI before retiring at the end of the 1988 season. Since retiring, he has worked with Giants TV coverage and has become a spokesman for NFL players who, like him, suffer from post-concussion syndrome.

South Carolina connection: Born in Florence, Carson played at Wilson and McClenaghan High Schools and later for South Carolina State University. He currently lives in New York but maintains a family home in Florence.

Discover more: Visit the Pro Football Hall of Fame ​website, visit Carson’s official website at ww​w.harrycarson.com or ​read a transcript of Carson’s interview for the 2013 PBS “Frontline” documentary, “League of Denial: The NFL’s Concussion Crisis.”

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