Saturday, August 05, 2006

It's Finally Carson's Time
By Imtiaz Mussa


-Thirteen years in the National Football League
-One Super Bowl (1986)
-Selected to play in nine Pro Bowls, including seven straight (1982-1988)
-All-Pro (first-team) 1981, 1984; (second-team) 1978, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1986
-All-NFC (first-team) 1978, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1986; (second-team) 1978, 1985

It’s about time that Harry Carson got inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Two years ago, after making the final 15 candidates for the sixth straight year but not being elected by a panel of sports writers, Carson asked to have his name withdrawn from consideration. It’s like being told that you’re good but not good enough when your resume obviously screams Hall of Fame worthy.

Now while I’m too young to remember seeing Carson, my dad said it time after time. “Harry Carson was the anchor of that great Giants defense. It’s because of his instincts and ability to make the tackle that allowed Lawrence Taylor to run all over the field and pressure the quarterback. Taylor might be considered the greatest linebacker of all time and the man who revolutionized the position but if Carson was not there to back him up, Parcells would have the put the leash on him and made him play in position.”

And now finally, the waiting has ended and today, Harry Carson joined football immortality in Canton.

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