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Harry Carson

Defensive End

Harry Donald Carson

Inducted 2002

Date of Birth



Florence, SC


South Carolina State University (1972-1974)


One of the greatest defensive players in the history of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, Harry Carson led South Carolina State to back-to-back conference championships. A first-team All-America selection in 1975, Carson set school and conference records with 17 sacks and 112 tackles. He anchored the 1975 team that recorded six shutouts and set an NCAA record for fewest points (29) allowed in a ten-game season. A two time all-conference choice, Carson became the first player in MEAC history to win back-to-back Defensive Player of the Year honors, 1974 and 1975. Carson was named to the Sheridan Broadcasting Network 100-year Black College All-American Team and the Division II Team of the Century, the Mid-Eastern Conference Hall of Fame, and the Division II Hall of Fame. He played 13 years with the New York Giants and was all-pro ten times. After his playing days he became a board member of the New York State Special Olympics and the New York State United Way.


Height 6'2

Weight 237

Career Highlights

  • 1975 All-Conference
  • 1975 Conference MVP
  • 1975 First Team All-America (College Div. & HBCU)
  • 1974 All-Conference
  • 1974 Conference MVP
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