Former New York Giants and Hall of Fame linebacker Harry Carson will be honored with the Walter Camp Football Foundation's 2011 "Man of the Year" award.

Carson, a graduate of S.C. State, joins a list of former "Man of the Year" winners, including Roger Staubach, Gale Sayers, Dick Butkus and John Elway.

"Harry Carson was a leader on the football field, but his passion and devotion for the game of football and those who played it clearly represents the life of Walter Camp and makes him a worthy recipient of the Man of the Year Award," said Foundation president John Marks.

The Walter Camp "Man of the Year" award honors an individual who has been closely associated with the game of football as a player, coach or close attendant to the game.

A native of Florence, Carson played football at S.C. State from 1972-75, and was a two-time MEAC defensive player of the year recipient and an All-America selection. He is in S.C. State's Athletic Hall of Fame.

Selected in the fourth round of the 1976 NFL draft by the New York Giants, Carson spent 13 years with the team. He was an All-NFL pick seven times and made nine Pro Bowl appearances. He teamed with fellow Hall of Fame linebacker Lawrence Taylor to help the Giants win Super Bowl XXI title. He retired after the 1988 season.

Carson was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2002 and the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2006.

He is currently the CEO and president of Harry Carson, Inc., a sports consulting and promotions company, and is a frequent motivational speaker. He also serves as executive director of the Fritz Pollard Alliance, which is dedicated to creating a greater sense of racial diversity within non-player ranks in the NFL.

Carson as well as all of the major award winners and members of the 2011 Walter Camp All-America team will be honored at the organization's 45th annual national awards banquet on Jan. 14, 2012 at Yale University in New Haven, Conn.