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19. Brad Van Pelt

Brad Van Pelt was a two-time All-American at Michigan State, thus bringing a successful resume to the New York Giants who drafted him in the Second Round in 1973.

The Giants were not a great team in the 1970s, and Van Pelt was a bright spot for the team, bringing respectability to their corps of Linebackers.  The former Spartan had a five-year streak of Pro Bowls (1976-80), and as the Giants became better, he was an elder statesman of the "Crunch Bunch," the group of Linebackers comprising himself, Lawrence Taylor, Harry Carson and Brian Kelley.

Van Pelt signed with the Raiders in 1984, and had 18 Interceptions for the Giants, an incredible number for a Linebacker. 

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Linebacker
  • Acquired: Selected in the 2nd Round, 40th Overall in the NFL Draft 1/30/73.
  • Departed: Signed with the Los Angeles Raiders before the 1984 Season.
  • Games Played: 141
  • Notable Statistics:

    135 Games Started
    18 Interceptions
    104 Interception Return Yards
    13 Fumble Recoveries
    116 Fumble Recovery Yards
    5.0 Quarterback Sacks*
    1 Reception
    20 Receiving Yards
    81 Approximate Value

    *Sacks were not a stat until the 1982 season.

  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    Pro Bowl (1976, 1977, 1978, 1979 & 1980)

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