Hall Of Fame Football Player Brings Common Sense And Inspiration To Youth In Elizabeth

ELIZABETH — Harry Carson, former NFL linebacker and New York Giants captain, brought his special brand of motivation and inspiration to the young people of the Trinitas Residential Treatment Center during a recent visit.

Carson and his wife, Maribel, toured the facility and met with Gary S. Horan, President and CEO of Trinitas Regional Medical Center and Michael Rosilli, the center’s director, before joining the young people for lunch.


Carson emphasized that no matter how much fame he had achieved during his 21-year career on the gridiron, it pales by comparison to the work he now does with numerous charitable organizations and foundations. “It doesn’t matter where I live, what kind of car I drive, how many Super Bowl rings I may have, how many coaches I may have played under,” he told the group. “The ability to be a positive influence upon my team members and other people I have met along the way is what is priceless to me.”

He urged the young people to believe in themselves, noting, “I’ve walked the same streets that you have and I saw friends of mine make bad choices in their youth. Listen to your own inner voice. You have the world open to you and that inner voice will help you make the right decisions.”

The football great entertained questions that ranged from what he was doing now (looking forward to the publication of his book entitled “Captain for Life” and enjoying cooking at home) to how many people he had tackled during his career (about 15 tackles per game) and what it felt like to be tackled (not pleasant, he had to be ready for the collision of bodies during the course of each game.)

Carson revealed that he never intentionally set out to do bodily harm to any opposing player but as a middle/inside linebacker his job was to engage in very physical contact. “As the captain of the team, I believed it was my responsibility to set the tone, to set the standards of sportsmanship that the team should follow. I believed that my primary role was to mentor the entire team.”

The Giants legend certainly mentored the team of teens at Trinitas. During the lunch at the center, Carson autographed memorabilia for the young people and also talked to one young resident about how to avoid possible sports injuries.

The Carsons were so impressed with the mission and success of the Residential Treatment Center’s program that they intend to return for additional visits in 2011.

Harry Carson and his wife, Maribel, pause to react to the welcome from young people when they visited the Trinitas Residential Treatment Center in Elizabeth. (Photo courtesy of Trinitas)

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