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Brad Van Pelt


Bradley Alan Van Pelt

Inducted 2001

Date of Birth



Owosso, MI


Michigan State University (1970-1972)


Brad Van Pelt was a two-time All-America, unanimous in 1972. That year he won the Maxwell trophy as the nation's best player. This was the first time a defensive back won the award. Also in 1972, he was named Chevrolet Defensive Player of the Year and Columbus Touchdown Club Defensive Player of the Year. In his career, he had 14 interceptions. He returned two of them for touchdowns. Brad was one of college football's largest players at his position, as such he was also extremely valuable in run support and often shifted into a linebacker. He followed his senior season playing in the East-West Shrine Game, the Hula Bowl, and the College All-Star Game. Van Pelt played pro 14 years with the New York Giants and Oakland Raiders 1973-86. He was all-pro five times.


Height 6'5

Weight 235

Career Highlights

  • 1972 All-Conference
  • 1972 Maxwell Award Winner
  • 1972 Unanimous All-America
  • 1971 All-Conference
  • 1971 First Team All-America
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