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Exit 160b I-95n in SC To: I-20 W, to Columbia near Florence, South Carolina
No NFL teams are based in South Carolina. This does not mean South Carolina has not contributed significant talent to the NFL.
In fact, nearby Florence, South Carolina made a Hall of Fame contribution in All-Pro Linebacker, Harry Carson. But that almost did not happen because, after 5 years of losing with the New York Giants, the future Hall Of Famer well... he wanted OUT!
In 1978, Harry Carson was ready to quit. That is hard to believe today. He is considered the greatest Captain and one of the best leaders to ever walk through the doors of any franchise. But when team president John Mara and others talk about the "dark days" of the 1970s - most notably the horror show that was the 1976 season - Carson is quick to offer reminders of how he was fed up. Yet he persevered. And while the Hall of Fame linebacker admits to being "disgruntled", Carson made a pact that he would never give up on the team, on his fans and - most importantly - on himself.
In the early '80's, Carson thrived. He ended up crushing the opposing offense his entire 13-year career with the BIG BLUE WRECKING CREW. Ten of those seasons he was Captain, including the franchise's first Super Bowl victory in 1986.
Carson retired shortly thereafter in 1988.
Fast Fact: Harry Carson even was one of the first instigators of the The Gatorade Shower. This winning team tradition is now a fixture in all sorts of sports all around the world. No doubt it is a promotional stunt worth billions of dollars awarded by Harry Carson and fellow Hall of Fame Linebacker Lawrence Taylor to the Gatorade Corporation. Gatorade ought to say ... "Thanks Big Blue Wrecking Crew!"
Today the thinking man’s linebacker -- who was 2 time MVP when he played at South Carolina State University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education in 1976 -- has now made a new commitment. He seeks to broaden awareness for brain injuries in football. Convinced that his grandkids should NOT play tackle football until high school, Harry Carson joined his wife, other former pro players, and their families to address concussions in a forum which explores what should be done to make the game of Football safer.
Said Carson, “Every parent should be informed. They should be informed as to what risks they are subjecting their kids to. There’s a physical risk that you assume when you play. I think all of us understood the physical risk. But when we played back then…there was no information on the neurological risk.”
Harry Carson’s number and jersey has been retired by the New York Giants. Now he has won honorary degrees for his crusade to enlighten people about the risks inherent in contact sports.
So no doubt, such sage, considered advice about physiology and sport from a respected, thoughtful, six foot five inch muscle-bound 240 pound quarterback-crusher, parents everywhere will listen -- or else! 😤
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