Florence native Harry Carson, former New York Giants linebacker, was honored during a special ceremony on April 5 at Wilson High School .
Carson was recognized by representatives of the Pro Football Hall of Fame (PFHOF) and Allstate Insurance Company in a special program called Hometown Hall of Famers. ™ Carson’s daughter, Aja Carson-Gurley, presented him with a bronze plaque which will remain on permanent display at Wilson High School.
Carson attended Holmes Elementary School, Wilson High and McClenaghan High where he was senior class president, graduating in 1972. He played football for McClenaghan High under Coach Ladson Cubbage.
He is a South Carolina State University alumnus, was a nine-time Pro Bowl selection and led his team to win Super Bowl XXI. His 13-year career as a dominant linebacker totalled 14 fumble recoveries and 11 interceptions. Carson was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2006.
Speaking to the assembly at Wilson, which included Mayor Stephen Wukela and Congressman James Clyburn, Carson talked about his desire to make something of himself and not to bring embarrassment or dishonor to his family or his community.
“This is my base,” he said, referring to hometown.
He recalled going to see Dr. Beck for a physical to prepare him for college and Dr. Beck would not take payment, saying instead, “Make something of your life.”
“I always remembered my base and my foundation,” Carson said.
Looking at the students in the audience, Carson told them, “I am no different than you. I represent more than just me and you represent more than just you.”
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