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Harry Carson


A Bit About Me

Harry Carson’s 13-year stint with the New York Football Giants is one of the longest tenures in club history. The indestructible former linebacker served as Team Captain for 10 of his 13 seasons including the 1986 season when the Giants defeated the Denver Broncos 39-20 in Super Bowl XXI. Rated the #1 “Inside Linebacker” in NFL history according to Pro Football Weekly, Carson was named to the All-Rookie Team after his first NFL season. Subsequently, during his NFL career, he was named to the All-NFL Team 7 times, the All-NFC Team 8 times, and NFC Linebacker of the Year twice. He once made an amazing 25 tackles in a Monday Night Football Game against the Green Bay Packers. With performances like that he was selected by his peers to play in the NFC-AFC Pro Bowl 9 times. He is among the top 250 players to ever play professional football with his induction as the 231st member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Bill Belichick, an assistant coach for the Giants for 12 years, considers Carson “the best all-around linebacker” he ever coached!

Carson set the pace for his outstanding career while a student at South Carolina State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education. He continued his graduate studies at South Carolina State and Fairleigh Dickinson University. Before college Harry Carson attended Wilson Senior High and McClenaghan High Schools in Florence, South Carolina. There he served as Senior Class President, Co-Chairman of the school’s Bi-Racial Committee and Air Force ROTC Commander.

While at South Carolina State the two-time Captain never missed a game during his four seasons as a defensive lineman for the Bulldogs. During his college football career, Harry received honors for the Kodak All-American Football Team, NAIA All-American Team, Pittsburgh Courier All-American Team, All-State (South Carolina), All Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference and MEAC Defensive Player of the Year twice. He excelled off the field academically as well, winning awards for the highest academic average amongst Black College All-Americans.

Carson has been named to the Sheridan Broadcasting Network 100 Year Anniversary Black College All-American Team. He is a member of the All-Division II College Football Team of the Quarter Century (1975-1999) and he has been recognized as the South Carolina College Athlete of the Millennium by The State Newspaper of South Carolina. Harry Carson has also been recognized as a Kentucky Colonel and he has been presented The Order of the Palmetto, the highest honor given to a native of South Carolina.

Some of Carson’s post football careers honors include inductions into:

• The Wilson High School Alumni Hall of Fame
• The South Carolina State University Athletic Hall of Fame
• The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Hall of Fame
• The Florence South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame
• The South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame
• The Sports Hall of Fame of New Jersey
• The New Jersey Sportswriter’s Hall of Fame
• The Black College Alumni Hall of Fame
• The College Football Hall of Fame (Division II)
• The College Football Hall of Fame (2002)
• The Black College Football Hall of Fame (2012)
• New York Football Giants Ring of Honor (2010 – Inaugural Class)
• The Professional Football Hall of Fame

The end of Carson’s football career marked the beginning of his career in Sports Broadcasting. Retiring from the NFL after the 1988 season, Carson co-hosted CNN’s NFL Preview appeared on WCBS as a Broadcast Analyst, and he was a Special Correspondent for playoff and Super Bowl on ABC-TV’s Good Morning America. Carson has worked as a Broadcast Analyst with ABC Sports College Football as well as New York’s Madison Square Garden Network. He is currently a Co-Host of the New York Giants game day magazine program Giants 1st & 10.

Carson is CEO and President of Harry Carson Inc. a Sports Consulting and Promotions Company. In that role, his company works with media outlets, educational sources and corporations on sports as well as non-sports related issues. Harry Carson Inc. provides expert television, radio, print media and internet commentary on sports-related matters. His company is a provider of former professional athletes to schools and corporations to deliver motivational and inspirational sports theme presentations.

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