Former linebacker Harry Carson can’t seem to stay out of the headlines. As an outspoken athlete, he shared his thoughts on the concussion issues in the league and criticized the NFL Hall of Fame. But most people know him as No. 53: the guy who broke records and terrorized opponents on the field for all 13 seasons of his career with the New York Giants.
Now middle linebacker Jasper Brinkley will be walking in the footsteps of a legend as he wears No. 53 this season. He’s been in the NFL for 7 years and this will be his second season with the Giants, but now, he has a newfound motivation to take his game to the next level.
“Just thinking about the great linebackers that have been here, every day I put my uniform on, I owe it to the guys that have paved the way before me,” Brinkley said. “Every time I see Harry Carson around the building, I always go and speak to him because he is the original 53 and knowing that he wore that number, I owe him so much gratitude and respect, just because I’ve seen how he played the game and I want to be able to play the game the same way. And when people see 53 on the field, I want them to know that, hey, this is a guy that’s going to give it his all.”