Before the Giants crushing loss to the Washington Redskins on Monday night, the GMen HQ crew was able to toss around some questions with some of the Giants greats. One of those legends was 2006 Hall of Fame inductee, Harry Carson. Harry took some time to answer questions ranging from Bill Belichick to RGIII. The interview quickly turned into a relaxed conversation by the end of it all. Carson was joined by Lawrence Taylor and Mark Bavaro who also took time to answer some questions that will be released later this week.
Question: What was it like being coached by two of the best in Bill Parcells and Bill Belichick?
Carson: “It was good, maybe you should ask them how it was to coach guys like me and Lawrence Taylor”, he said jokingly. “No, but they were great coaches and taught me a lot. They really made me become a better player and helped me realize a championship.”
I also mentioned to him that Bill Belichick referred to him as the best linebacker he has ever coached. His response was “Well I’d have to agree with him on that, I’m a little biased.”
Question: What was it like being a member of the Big Blue Wrecking Crew defense in the 1980s?
Carson: “We had a great group of guys. As a captain, the guys really did everything the coaches and I asked of them. We had a lot of fun playing the game during those years.”
Question: I was at Metlife stadium when the Giants unveiled their own Ring of Honor. How did it feel to be a part of that ceremony?
Carson: “It was great. When you play the game for a team like the Giants, there is a lot of history and tradition. It’s an honor to be the first class that they inducted.”
Question: What was your proudest moment throughout your NFL career?
Carson: “The Super Bowl in 1986 when I went out as the lone captain for the coin toss.”
Question: What was it like to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame?
Carson: “It was an honor to represent the Giants and my teammates in the Hall of Fame. It really meant a lot to me.”
Question: Would you be able to tell us about your role with the retired NFL players?
Carson: “I’ve tried to be an advocate on behalf of those retired players that really don’t have a voice, like I was as captain of the Giants.”
Question: If you could be any athlete in football this day and age, who would you choose?
Carson: “There are a number of great players in the league. If I had to pick one, it would be Patrick Willis on the San Francisco 49ers. He is a very active inside linebacker, which I admire.”
Question: What do you think of the Giants opposing quarterback tonight, Robert Griffin III?
Carson: “RGIII is a super athlete. He is the most athletic quarterback I have ever seen, period. He has 4-3 speed, just the complete package. He is the key for the Redskins to get to the next level.”