Former SC State and New York Giants standout Harry Carson was among eleven (11) players and coaches from Historical Black Colleges and Universities inducted into the Black College Football Hall of Fame Saturday during an enshrinement banquet at the Marriott Marquis.
It was the second prestigious honor in recent weeks for Carson, who was recognized as "Man of the Year" by the Walter Camp Football Foundation on Jan. 14 at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass.
Joining Carson in the 2012 Class of inductees were DB Willie Brown of Grambling, QB Eldridge Dickey of Tennessee State, QB James Harris of Grambling, DL Claude Humphrey of Tennessee State, QB Steve McNair of Alcorn State, WR Willie Richardson of Jackson State, DB Johnny Sample of Maryland Eastern Shore, OL Rayfield Wright of Fort Valley State, Coach Cleve Abbott of Tuskegee and Jackie Graves, a former scout and personnel director of the Philadelphia Eagles.
Carson, who joined SC State's David "Deacon" Jones and Head Football Emeritus Willie Jeffries in the prestigious shrine, lauded his alma mater and the nurturing he received during his college playing days (1972-75).
"South Carolina State gave me a scholarship and a commitment," said the Florence, SC native. "I, in turn, committed to the school where I spent the best four years of my life. I've said it many times before but it's worth repeating: I came to SC State a boy and left as a man.
"I owe my NFL career to the lessons I learned at SC State from Coach (Willie) Jeffries and my teachers there," he continued. "The things they taught me there became a blueprint for life and I give thanks to all of them.
"Tonight, I'm honored to be taking my place among a group of men (players), some of whom I grew up wanting to be like and others who I admire and respect a great deal. Many people know of my pro career but a great deal of others -- including my wife and children -- are not aware of my SC State career, which molded me."
Carson, in addition to his wife and two sons, was supported at the enshrinement by SC State President and Mrs. George Cooper, Coach and Mrs. Willie Jeffries, VP for Institutional Advancement & Development Anthony Holloman, head football coach Buddy Pough and sports information director Bill Hamilton, among others.