A native son of Florence, South Carolina, Harry Donald Carson was born on November 26, 1953. His skills and intellect as one of history’s most remarkable professional football players began while a student at Wilson Senior High and McClenaghen High Schools in Florence, South Carolina. He served as president of his senior class, ROTC Commander, and Co-Chair of the school’s Bi-Racial Committee.
His 13-year outstanding stint with the New York Football Giants is one of the longest tenures in the club’s history. Preparation for this remarkable career continued at South Carolina State University where he played from 1972-1975, not missing a single game in all 4 years. He became the first Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference player to win 2 consecutive defensive player of the year honors while assisting the Bulldogs to 2 consecutive conference championships. In 1975, he was a first team selection on the College Football All-America Team and set a number of newschool records. In 2002, Carson was enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame.
Excelling academically, Carson was honored as a Black College All-American. He was immediately drafted by the New York Giants upon graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education. Serving as captain for 10 of his 13 seasons with the Giants, he created an illustrious career which included nine Pro Bowl appearances. In 2006, Carson was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Carson is currently CEO and President of Harry Carson, Inc., a sports consulting and promotion company. His company consults with media outlets, education sources and corporations on sports as well as non-sports related issues.
A man for all seasons, he has written his autobiography, Point of Attack, and has had several acting roles on daytime television. He is currently a guest analyst and contributor with Court TV.
Serving as an advisor to the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, he has established himself as a subject matter expert and speaker on Concussions in Sports.
Carson takes social responsibility seriously and is actively involved with many non-profit organizations including Boys and Girls Clubs of America, Prevent Child Abuse, and United Way. Through his work with the South Carolina Attorney General’s office, he helped establish the “Be Drug Free to Succeed” program.