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Harry Carson to speak in Florence for Black History Month

January 23, 2019
Harry Carson

FLORENCE, S.C. -- Florence native Harry Carson, former NFL linebacker for the New York Giants, will return to his hometown to speak at the Doctor’s Bruce and Lee Foundation Library on Feb. 19 at 6:30 p.m., as part of the library’s celebration of Black History Month.

Carson was born in Florence on Nov. 26, 1953, and played football at Wilson High School before transferring to McClenaghan High School, where he graduated. After high school, he played college football at South Carolina State University, won numerous honors as a team member, and never missed a game during his college career. He excelled off the field academically as well, winning awards for the highest academic average amongst Black College All-Americans.

In 1976, Carson was drafted by the New York Giants. His 13-year stint with the Giants was one of the longest tenures in club history. Once rated the No. 1 “Inside Linebacker” in NFL history according to Pro Football Weekly, he won a Super Bowl Championship, and played in several pro bowls.

After leaving the Giants, Carson enjoyed a sports broadcasting career, appearing on shows such as CNN’s NFL Preview and ABC-TV’s Good Morning America.

Carson has received numerous awards and honors through the years, including the Order of the Palmetto, the highest honor given to a native of South Carolina.

For additional information please call 843-413-7074 to register. This program is sponsored by Friends of Florence County Library.

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