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Brad Van Pelt passed away :-(

truebluelarry : 2/18/2009 7:49 am
Just heard it on Sirius. Papa has Harry Carson on right now.
57 years old  
truebluelarry : 2/18/2009 7:50 am : link
passed away in his home.
I met  
jaenyg : 2/18/2009 7:50 am : link
him a couple of times. Very nice guy although a little quirky. RIP.
Carson is reminicing about coming to the Gaints  
truebluelarry : 2/18/2009 7:52 am : link
and he knew of Brad Van Pelt before he got there, was aware of him while he played at Mich St. Now talking about their friendship that has lasted through the years after football.
x meadowlander : 2/18/2009 7:53 am : link
Was the only great player on the team in the years prior to LT and Simms, IMO. GREAT LB.

I actually have a Van Pelt jersey.

The REAL #10:

Damn that sucks  
GMenLTS : 2/18/2009 7:54 am : link
Phil from WNY : 2/18/2009 7:57 am : link
He was one of the great Giants.
Randy Cross added a few comments after Carson.  
truebluelarry : 2/18/2009 8:00 am : link
Cross said the LT wasn't the 1st big, fast, smat LB the Giants had. He played the Gaitns int he 70's and cited both Van Pelt and Carson as being outstanding players. He also added that 57 is way too young, and that it's part of the life of what professional football players have chosen. He said that he's lost several former teammates before their time too.
Sad Day, RIP Brad  
pa_giant_fan : 2/18/2009 8:00 am : link
One of my all time favorite Giants.
that should read, "fast, smart LB..."  
truebluelarry : 2/18/2009 8:01 am : link
on the update, they stated it was a heart attack.
My Dad  
JCin332 : 2/18/2009 8:02 am : link
spoke often about what a great player Van Pelt was..

God Bless and my prayers go out to his family..
My 1st favorite player  
GiantsLaw : 2/18/2009 8:03 am : link
My condolences to the family. A true Giant.
Very Sad  
SLIM : 2/18/2009 8:05 am : link
Very Sad  
gpost191 : 2/18/2009 8:05 am : link
RIP Brad.
wow.... rip  
GiantTuff1 : 2/18/2009 8:06 am : link
man, only 57?
jcn56 : 2/18/2009 8:08 am : link
First Giant that I saw play that's passed away, that's a horrible feeling.
My very first "favorite" player.  
rnargi : 2/18/2009 8:11 am : link
Wow..only 57 years old. Thanks for the great childhood memories and rest in peace, Brad.
John in CharlotteNC : 2/18/2009 8:13 am : link
RIP Brad.
He was my first favorite player  
GIANTS128 : 2/18/2009 8:14 am : link
I had a van pelt t-shirt that I wore every game as a kid...much to young to die...RIP Brad....
hocuspocus : 2/18/2009 8:15 am : link
What a great player. My mom had one jersey--Van Pelt's.

Much too young. RIP Brad.
One of the first Giants I remember,  
barens : 2/18/2009 8:15 am : link
Rest in Peace Brad  
Buck Dharma : 2/18/2009 8:15 am : link
One of the all time great Giants.
Man, That's way too young.  
Motley Blue : 2/18/2009 8:20 am : link
Sad news. RIP
Oh, that sucks big time  
Big Blue '56 : 2/18/2009 8:21 am : link
What a great Professional...Our LT before LT...Rest well...
RIP Brad  
King Saul : 2/18/2009 8:23 am : link
Rest in Peace Brad, you will be missed! Too many "young" fans won't hear about how great you were.
A few pics to relive the memories  
truebluelarry : 2/18/2009 8:24 am : link

Holy Cow  
Bernie : 2/18/2009 8:24 am : link
What a sad day. Brad Van Pelt, Brian Kelly, and Gary Jeter were the first Giants I can remember. I always thought it was sad that Van Pelt was not part of the '86 team. RIP and may God Bless you and your family in this difficult time.
That sucks big time  
mjvm52106 : 2/18/2009 8:25 am : link
I hope the Giants do something nice to honor the man. He was my first favorite Giant player as well. He was tall, could rush the passer and was pretty good in coverage too.

By the way, Clay Matthews reminds me of BVP!
My dad just called to tell me...  
TommytheElephant : 2/18/2009 8:26 am : link
He couldn't believe it.
Very Sad...
rest in peace  
rut17 : 2/18/2009 8:29 am : link
MLM : 2/18/2009 8:29 am : link
One of my all time fevorites. Is there an Obit or link.
i met him many times on  
BigBlueDownTheShore : 2/18/2009 8:30 am : link
Giants game days. He was real nice guy especialy when I talked to him. RIP
Godspeed BVP.  
Britt in VA : 2/18/2009 8:31 am : link
He was one of my favorites  
Fred in Atlanta : 2/18/2009 8:33 am : link
when I was young.
I'll always remember  
Headhunter : 2/18/2009 8:35 am : link
the flowing blond hair, unbelievable that someone that gifted physically could pass at such a young age. Shocking, RIP!
One of my favorites  
BIG FRED : 2/18/2009 8:39 am : link
I have been watching alot of games from 1977 ,78,79 recently and he was all over the field .Rip .I won a contest in 1982 to have lunch with the crunch bunch ( LT,harry ,kelly and van pelt) but it got cancelled because we got hit with a huge snowstorm in ny .I was so upset but they sent me a crunch bunch poster and some autographed pictures .He was at the carolina game i saw him on the sidelines with harry carson .
SuperRonJohnson : 2/18/2009 8:40 am : link
makes me feel older. One of my favorites during some lean years.
The Crunch Bunch  
truebluelarry : 2/18/2009 8:42 am : link

Couldn't find a picture of them on the bulldozer - I used to have that poster hanging on my wall.
beechbouy : 2/18/2009 8:42 am : link
Just damn...
God Bless him and the family  
weeg in the bronx : 2/18/2009 8:43 am : link
He is missed already. Sad day for the Giant family.
Davisian : 2/18/2009 8:43 am : link
Also my first favorite Giant, along with Beasley Reece.. Wasn't a lot to cheer for in those days, but Van Pelt was a bright spot in a dark time for the team...

Sad news. Does anybody know what happened to his son?  
JFIB : 2/18/2009 8:43 am : link
Brad Van Pelt Jr. was a heck of a dynamic player at CSU. We used to go to quite a few games of his at Ft. Collins. Does anybody know what happened to him? is he still in the NFL. Signed with the Broncos I think and then went somewhere else I think.
BIG FRED : 2/18/2009 8:48 am : link
He is out of the nfl as far as i know .We brought him in for a tryout 2 years ago .He may be in canada now since there is no more area leauge .
RIP Brad  
Seventh Spiel : 2/18/2009 8:48 am : link
Seems like yesterday you were on the field...
Crunch Bunch  
hocuspocus : 2/18/2009 8:48 am : link
Matt M. : 2/18/2009 8:57 am : link
Thanks. I hadn't seen that poster in years.
Does anyone know the cause of death?  
Matt M. : 2/18/2009 8:59 am : link
Football players go way to early.
Matt...Sirius is saying that it was an apparent heart attack.  
rnargi : 2/18/2009 9:05 am : link
Papa just mentioned this thread.
Some Fan : 2/18/2009 9:06 am : link
Thanks for the memories.
Also, wasn't Brad a pretty good baseball player  
Some Fan : 2/18/2009 9:07 am : link
too. I recall he was an exceptional athlete and played another sport at a high level.
Matt, not surprising  
Big Blue '56 : 2/18/2009 9:08 am : link
If you discount long term steroid or other drug use, these guys put their bodies through brutality we could never imagine...Oft times after retirement, they let their bodies go...You're correct, it happens far too often...Btw, that is not to say that BVP didn't work out or anything
greg from Sect215 : 2/18/2009 9:18 am : link
I am just shocked - I had the privilge of standing next to Brad last year at training camp and watching one of the indoor practices (in the Gym) with him from the balcony - a great guy and one of my all time favorites ad I idolized him as a kid. Just sad and pray for the family.
He was my fathers favorite player and I was named after him.  
Figgy2989 : 2/18/2009 9:19 am : link
I was a Giants fan from the moment I was born and when anyone asks how I got the name Brad, I am always proud to say how. I had the pleasure of meeting him for the first time before the Jets/Giants preseason game last year. We took a ton of pictures and he was so impressed that I was named after him that he asked us to tailgate with him. What a great day and I had actually planned on meeting up with him again and have him sign the picture.

He will be missed and I know this is a sad day for all the Giants fans out there. RIP Brad, I am glad to meet you and am proud to be named after you.
So young, sorry to hear it.  
DCYankee : 2/18/2009 9:21 am : link
How awful.  
AikoAiko : 2/18/2009 9:21 am : link
I'm 42 and he was my first favorite player like others on here have said. My best wishes to his family. Helps you realize how precious life is.
Hell I wanted to BE Brad Van Pelt back in 1980.  
FilmGiant : 2/18/2009 9:21 am : link
He and Jack Gregory were my two favorite Giants for the first 20 years I was a fan.

I remember he reminded me of Freddy Dryer back when he first became a Giant. Kind of a just knew he was popular with the ladies.

What a week-killer. Depressing.

57 is too young. RIP one of the greatest Giants ever.
So very sad  
MadPlaid : 2/18/2009 9:23 am : link
Much too young. RIP to my first favorite player on the Giants.

It was easy to like him for me because we shared the same first name. For a young kid who didn't know much about football at the time, that was as good a reason as any to like a player. It also helped that he was a terrific Linebacker. When I was a kid, I found a #10 Giants shirt at the Sears in Rochester. I wore it constantly. It was my most prized possession.

God bless you, Mr. Van Pelt. You will be missed.
Blue Blood : 2/18/2009 9:29 am : link
just wow... this is the generation of Giants I started watching.. Van Pelt, Kelly, LT and Carson... sad day... God Bless his family and friends...
When I first became a Giant fan....  
BillKo : 2/18/2009 9:32 am : link
the only good thing about the Giants were their LBs (Van Pelt, Kelly, and Carson) and punter Dave Jennings.

I remember Van Pelt being hurt for that 1981 playoff run, that got the Giants out of their long playoff drought.

Sad day indeed  
BlueinRoch : 2/18/2009 9:34 am : link
Also my first favorite Giant. During those lean years one of my favorite combacks to gloating cowgirl and redskin fans was yeah, well we have Brad Van Pelt.
Met him a few years ago, really nice guy  
yourpalCore : 2/18/2009 9:35 am : link
this is really a shame...
Very sad  
AcidTest : 2/18/2009 9:37 am : link
especially considering his age. Prayers to him and his family. Rest in peace.
What terrible news.  
yatqb : 2/18/2009 9:54 am : link
Holy crap ........  
walm0 : 2/18/2009 9:57 am : link
RIP Brad.
This is very sad  
PeterS : 2/18/2009 10:01 am : link
Brad VanPelt was one of just a few players who made the Giants competitive during the dark 1970's. An All-American safety at Michigan State, he quickly became a fan favorite.

After football I think he went into the golf course construction business with Brian Kelley.

I can vividly remember them at summer training camp at Pace. Kelley had a 240Z with tags reading NYGIANT55.

Rest in peace #10 - you will never be forgotten.
terrible news  
djm : 2/18/2009 10:09 am : link
one of my first memories as a Giant fan was watching #10 fly around on defense.
My first favorite Giants player as well.  
Boy Cord : 2/18/2009 10:09 am : link
Did not expect to read this today. RIP Brad and thanks for the part you played in making me a Giants fan.
RIP Van Pelt....  
damdevs : 2/18/2009 10:13 am : link
man I was young, but still remember him playing and doing it at a high level on some bad teams. He was one of my favorite players when I first started watching the Gmen.

PatersonPlank : 2/18/2009 10:22 am : link
He was my first favorite Giant. Hi son should have been a LB too, but keeps trying to playing QB.
Chris in Philly : 2/18/2009 10:23 am : link
Sad news. Way too young. And a guy who was always a favorite. RIP, Brad. And thanks for the memories.
RIP Brad Van Pelt  
RiffRaff : 2/18/2009 10:23 am : link
Like a lot here, he was my first favorite player too. My dad likened him to Sam Huff because of his tenacious motor and excellent skills as a LB. During those tough years in the 70's, he was one of the few shining lights on the team.

Plaid called me up to let me know Brad Van Pelt had died, and he sounded so sad because not only was he Plaid's favorite player, but he was our father's favorite player, which made him miss our father, who passed away almost exactly 2 years ago. The first person he wanted to call was our father to tell him Van Pelt was gone, but he couldn't so he called me instead.

Thank you Brad Van Pelt for the wonderful memories of watching you play on the TV with our father so many years ago. God bless.
Vin_R : 2/18/2009 10:23 am : link
RodneyHamp : 2/18/2009 10:24 am : link
Wow, that's a shame.  
Exit 172 : 2/18/2009 10:26 am : link
RIP, Brad.
Its time to re evaluate our lives  
Eli2Tyree : 2/18/2009 10:36 am : link
we never know when its our time to go. Think about it.......One of my all time favorite Giants
FYI -  
truebluelarry : 2/18/2009 10:37 am : link
the Giants website has a story up.
Link - ( New Window )
Montreal Man : 2/18/2009 10:45 am : link
You were a great Giant.
Very sad.  
YamaBice : 2/18/2009 10:49 am : link
Loved that guy. He was one of the players who pulled the Giants out of the dark ages.
On my way to work Papa mentioned this and mentioned BBI  
T-Bone : 2/18/2009 10:50 am : link
and that's the only way I even knew that he had died. He's a lil bit before my time but anytime a member of the Giants family passes away it's a sad time for all of us.

R.I.P. Mr. Brad Van Pelt!
bc4life : 2/18/2009 10:53 am : link
I met him in a Diner a few years ago. Real down to earth guy.

He was a "tweener"  
snumber6 : 2/18/2009 10:57 am : link
A great DB in College ... but too slow to cover the speedster wide outs in the NFL ... and too small to be a LB ... since you can't get faster ... he worked his butt off to get stronger ... and his days as a LB here were first rate ...
Great player making his impact in the NFL with heart and hard work ... an NFL poster child ...

Paterson Plank  
snumber6 : 2/18/2009 11:05 am : link
Brad was all state as a QB in High School ... His son Bradlee liked to run as a QB but also threw for 3000 yards ... If I recall he scored a TD his first NFL snap ...
JonC : 2/18/2009 11:09 am : link
Our old high school uni's looked just like the ones the Giants wore in the late 70s, color scheme and everything.
The lord be with  
Frank ' Harrisburg : 2/18/2009 11:10 am : link
CT Phantom : 2/18/2009 11:11 am : link
He was not too small to be a LB in fact he was just too damn big to be an NFL safety. He was 6-5 240lbs & added weight as he aged. He was Urlacher before Urlacher was born & that was part of the problem as the Giant's weren't sure where he belonged & then he settled in at OLB.
Anyone remember when he tackled the Philly TE who was in front of him with one hand? He just reached out in front of him & pulled the TE back off his feet.
Sad day for Giants Fans..............  
Simms11 : 2/18/2009 11:15 am : link
He was truly a professional and a great LB. I'm sure they'll be wearing his number this year.
Too young by far  
Torrag : 2/18/2009 11:16 am : link
The NFL certainly extracts a harsh price down the road on its members. We should all think about that before we comment about how greedy today's players are.
Pictures not posting- Click on  
Frank ' Harrisburg : 2/18/2009 11:18 am : link
Sad day.  
jintsfan : 2/18/2009 11:19 am : link
He was a pro bowl player on some really lousey Jints teams. RIP Brad.
Bluenatic : 2/18/2009 11:39 am : link
In the pre-L.T. years, when Giants fans had little to cheer for, we had Van Pelt and Harry Carson. Van Pelt was an excellent player, and he will be missed.

This has been a tough few months for Giants players out of Michigan State.

In September, Mark Ingram was sentenced to 7 years in prison.

In November, Plax shot himself in the leg.

Now this.

Somebody tell Carl Banks to watch his back.
Glen in SoCal : 2/18/2009 11:40 am : link
much to young.
This sucks  
Phil in LA : 2/18/2009 11:41 am : link
he was one of my favorite players when it was hard to find favorites on the Giants. He was one of the big stars of the Giant Linebacking tradition.
Very sad  
geemanfan : 2/18/2009 11:43 am : link
I got to meet him last year and he was such a great guy. RIP.
RIP to a class guy  
Still a Sam Huff fan : 2/18/2009 11:46 am : link
A personal note of memory and thanks. My seats were right behind his family's seats in section 129. His brother (Rob?), drove to the game each week from Michigan. He took my son's Giants hat and brought it to Brad after the game. At the next home game he handed it back to him signed. Big deal? Probably not but a positive memory that lasts.
Died of an apparent heart attack  
Kyle in NY : 2/18/2009 11:48 am : link
way too young. RIP
Very sad to see a childhood hero pass away...  
BigBlueBuff : 2/18/2009 11:58 am : link
Van Pelt was a a great Giant and this happened far too young. It just reminds me to call my father today, just to say hello.
What terrible news to see...  
okiegiant : 2/18/2009 11:59 am : link
RIP Brad.
Here you go, Frank  
MadPlaid : 2/18/2009 12:08 pm : link
The third quality LB to die inside a week.  
manh george : 2/18/2009 12:16 pm : link
Nitschke and Mel Kaufman of the Skins last week.

IMO, this harkens back to the Sam Huff complaint last week about the NFLPA not taking proper care of the old-timers who built this league. There are extra health risks in being an ex-pro fooball player.
Rick5 : 2/18/2009 12:18 pm : link
a great memory from my childhood. My favorite player on those awful teams.
ZogZerg : 2/18/2009 12:20 pm : link
I'm getting old. I remember watching him play as a kid. 57 is way too young.
nobody ever ran outside on BVP  
oipolloi : 2/18/2009 12:32 pm : link
the best i have ever seen at holding up the TE and stringing the play out to prevent the RB from turning the corner

it was BVP that allowed LT to develop that play where he chased down the runner by going BEHIND the offensive line and across the field--something that no other LBer other than LT has ever done regularly


can't believe he is gone. really sad
mitch300 : 2/18/2009 12:46 pm : link
Just heard. My favorite Giant growing up. Good Bye #10
Another one gone too soon.  
Red Dog : 2/18/2009 12:56 pm : link
Hell of a player  
Mad Mike : 2/18/2009 1:14 pm : link
Thanks for the memories.
That is unreal. At camp in '07, he was sitting just behind me in the  
carpoon : 2/18/2009 1:14 pm : link
same bleachers and I had mentioned to him that he looked like he could suit up and get on the field. He smiled and said that sometimes he felt like he could still play.
feelflows : 2/18/2009 1:15 pm : link
opened the show with him. Great tribute to Brad. Very tasteful of Francessa to bypass the Arod drama, and open with a tribute.
my first Giants autograph when I was a kid  
Jints in Carolina : 2/18/2009 1:17 pm : link
RIP Brad

RIP Brad  
bigbluefan92 : 2/18/2009 1:19 pm : link
Far to young.
Goodbye BVP  
Bobby Humphrey's Earpad : 2/18/2009 1:19 pm : link
damn... Brad was one of my fav Giants back then  
micky : 2/18/2009 1:23 pm : link
very sad. Very shocked to hear this now. RIP Brad.
WOW....look at the life expectancy of an NFL player  
Jints in Carolina : 2/18/2009 1:38 pm : link

Average for an NFL retiree, depending on playing position, according to cardiologist Jeffrey Boone.


Average for U.S. men overall, according to the National Center for Health Statistics.
Wow - very sad  
mjt832 : 2/18/2009 1:45 pm : link
When I first became a fan in the 70's he was one of the bright spots on a team of mostly darkness. Way to young. RIP.
I actually met him  
You'reMyBoyBlue!! : 2/18/2009 1:47 pm : link
Several times. My dad knew him quite well.
Great guy. Very friendly.

- rest in peace, Brad-
Frank from CA : 2/18/2009 1:49 pm : link
Simply awful news. I wore his jersey as a lad. I was BVP on the sand lots in pick up games. I revered those LBs as if they were on Rushmore. Condolences to the Van Pelt family. its appropriate that Harry lead the reflections.....
Highlight reel  
MadPlaid : 2/18/2009 1:49 pm : link has a highlight reel of Brad Van Pelt. Its very good.
link - ( New Window )
Peace #10  
Steve L : 2/18/2009 1:55 pm : link
thoughts and prayers to your family
Man, that sucks!  
Vinny from Danbury : 2/18/2009 1:56 pm : link
RIP Brad! You were one of the great ones!
that does suck. He was the first ray of light at the end  
Del Shofner : 2/18/2009 2:10 pm : link
of the tunnel that led to our great 1980s teams. Thanks for posting those highlights, MadPlaid.
Dammit. Just catching up with this now.  
Beez : 2/18/2009 2:14 pm : link
Haven't read the thread, but xmeadow wears a BVP jersey.

One of my first favorite players. Loved, loved, loved watching him play in my NYG formative years.

Very sad news. Very sad.

****heavy sigh****
I love this.  
Beez : 2/18/2009 2:17 pm : link
Feels right to re-post it deeper in the thread.

One of our all-time greats.

RIP Brad  
deadkurtrulz : 2/18/2009 2:17 pm : link
you will always be a young stud LB in the hearts of Giants fans. Much sympathy to your family to lose such a fine man.
sshin05 : 2/18/2009 2:19 pm : link
Brad you were one of the best
Is Brad Van Pelt  
Semipro Lineman : 2/18/2009 2:28 pm : link
the first member of the 1986 superbowl team to pass away? Just wondering.
My G-d, FAR too young and shockingly bad news.  
BlueLou : 2/18/2009 2:28 pm : link
A favorite of mine in my youth, when there were too few favorites to pick from. G-d rest his soul, and protect his family.
Semi pro  
BIG FRED : 2/18/2009 2:36 pm : link
van pelts last year as a giant was 1983 .He was on the browns in 1986 .
Damn it  
Semipro Lineman : 2/18/2009 2:46 pm : link
I should have remembered that. My bad and thanks for the correction.
awwwwww boooooooooooooo!  
CardinalX : 2/18/2009 2:50 pm : link
this depresses me a bit. always loved Van Pelt. was one of my favorite Giants growing up
It really is too bad..  
bois : 2/18/2009 2:55 pm : link
How playing in the NFL impacts some of these guys later in life. That's why I'm stunned when I see someone like Teddy Brushchi come back after a stroke, or Dan Morgan trying to come back this year. At some point you just gotta hang 'em up. I understand the warrior mentality, and the love of the game, but honestly fuck the game, fuck being a warrior. Some guys need to worry about preserving their bodies. Or in the case of concussions, their minds.

This is a stretch, but I'm being serious..If I were Ben Roethlisberger, I'd have extensive tests done this offseason to evaluate whats going on with my body..the guy had a very very serious, nearly fatal motorcycle crash, and if I remember correctly has suffered a few concussions since. I'd be talking to the best doctors I could find with the possibility of retirement in my mind. Only 26, but he has a ton of money and two rings. I'd at least get it looked at, and I'd be ready to walk away.
I just watched the bucs game from  
BIG FRED : 2/18/2009 3:03 pm : link
1977 last week and he had a sack and a 1/2 and a pick where he stepped in front of saftey Larry Mallory and Mallory looked like he got mad at van pelt cause it was his pick ..
Great Video  
Motley Blue : 2/18/2009 3:03 pm : link
I missed seeing him as a Giants player by one season. I want to see Kiwanuka doing some of those things that BVP was doing in that video, just no horse collars.
wow, how depressing. My wife and I met Brad and his then young kids  
slefrak : 2/18/2009 3:06 pm : link
when the giants played the Pack in 1980 in Milwaukee. He was a gentleman and of course a great giant lb when there was not much else on that team. always felt bad he couldn't stay longer after the turn around. I still have my #10 home jersey which i bought as his number. somehow always thought #10 belonged to him more than Tarkenton and even Eli. Brian Kelly, Danny Lloyd Harry Carson and Brad van Pelt were a pretty good lb group although they probably only played together for a year. But whatever.

My consolation to the Van Pelt family and the giant family
Very sad  
OC : 2/18/2009 3:08 pm : link
To see somebody you idolized as a kid pass. RIP Brad & condolences to the Van Pelt family.
Wow that is shocking  
uconngiant : 2/18/2009 3:25 pm : link
I am very sad as he was my favorite linebacker before LT came to the Giants and always even after his trade remained a favorite of mine.

My condolences to his family.
Deepest sympathy  
RetroJint : 2/18/2009 4:24 pm : link
to Brad's family, and the Giants football family. He was simply my all-time favorite Giant. And because the team was so terrible during most of the seasons that he played on it, his excellent play was never fully appreciated. He was a stunning athlete. What Brad represented to guys my age was hope. Along with Harry-that's how we kept it together. And now this sad news. RIP-BVP.
Very saddened, BVP  
ColHowPepper : 2/18/2009 4:26 pm : link
was one of my favorites, a classy guy, and never
lost his responsibility on the field. Whoever above said that teams could never run outside BVP had it right. He was big (think almost Ted H Stork like), tall, strong, and pretty mobile and good at shedding blocks.

All class, and he will be missed. RIP, please.
I was here this AM, then left  
RMGIANTSFAN : 2/18/2009 5:14 pm : link
and heard it on Sirius. Harry was on with Papa & co.

I always loved the game that Van Pelt brought back in his day, he was one of, if not the only, bright spot the team had.

My condolences to his family and friends.
Bluenatic tribute  
Bluenatic : 2/18/2009 6:28 pm : link
With BBI link
R.I.P. Brad Van Pelt, 1951-2009 - ( New Window )
Too Young to go  
Steve in South Jersey : 2/18/2009 6:42 pm : link
that is terrible news. RIP and prayers for his family.
Too young to remember  
Bramton1 : 2/18/2009 7:01 pm : link
I was born in 1978, and don't remember anything NFL-related before Super Bowl XX (Bears-Pats). But being that my name is Brad, the first Giants jersey my parents ever got me (not a real jersey, mind you, but a fake kids jersey) was a Brad Van Pelt jersey.

Of course, since I didn't know who Van Pelt was, as well as the fact that Simms was my favorite player...I tried to color in the zero with a crayon.
yankees78 : 2/18/2009 7:21 pm : link
Also too young to remember him. Condolences to the family.
So Sad  
Defenderdawg : 2/18/2009 7:21 pm : link
In an era where so many Giants' decisions went bad, he was one decision that paid off. There were concerns of whether he would try pro baseball, whether he could make the conversion from monsterback or whatever Michigan called their safety to linebacker, but after a couple of years the light came on and in an era where so much was wrong he, Carson, Kelley, and later Dan Lloyd were a sense of pride for all true Giant fans, the idea the Giants could have a strength, a place on their football team where few teams had a match, was an oasis in the Giants' sea of instability. Van Pelt was as an athlete all we could hope to be, tall athletic seemingly able to make plays at will...I am deeply saddened at his passing and my condolences to his family :(
Wow... this is so unfortunate... BVP gone, say it ain't so...  
George in New Milford : 2/18/2009 7:38 pm : link
I met Brad once and he was a true gentleman and VERY down to earth.... Just a great person, player and athlete.

BUT, When we drafted him I was skeptical as he looked like a west coast surfer dude... How's he gonna be a newyawker ?? And what's the deal with him petitioning the league to wear the non-LB number 10... Damn he must be a selfish, stuck up snob... BOY WAS I WRONG.... he was the best athlete on the team until (the inhuman) Taylor arrived on the scene. I think he was drafted as a baseball pitcher too... He worked hard, played harder and just made those around him play better. He and Harry were my two favorite Giants then and the best players on the team since Joe Morrison played. I hated it when we traded him even though we got an EXCELLENT player for him, Tony Galbrath, who was a major contributor for the boys in blue for several years..

This is very sad and I send my condolences to his family, friends and for all of US in the Blue family...
BVP was a true role model and today's players could learn a lot from the way BVP played and lived his life. God Speed..
I'm shocked  
steve in ky : 2/18/2009 7:39 pm : link
He was one of my all time favorites. How sad.
mudbear : 2/18/2009 8:16 pm : link
My condolences to the family. I'm crying like a baby. Blubbering like a buffoon. I've got my BVP underwear on.
During all those crappy years of the 70's,  
Dave in N.Westchester : 2/18/2009 8:25 pm : link
it was guys like Van Pelt and Mendenhall, and Gregory and Spider that gave us something to hang our hats on. RIP, you were top shelf!
Way too young  
Arthur Pincus : 2/18/2009 9:11 pm : link
Just caught up with this terrible news. He was an elegant athlete to watch and a great Giant. Wish strength to his family and close friends and his teammates.
wow, I loved Van Pelt.....  
darasman : 2/18/2009 9:12 pm : link
I had him sign my Eli jersey at the 49ers game, he was in the practice bubble before the game signing autographs. He was the first #10 that I remember..

RIP and thank you Brad, you were a great Giant in some very lean years...
I loved Brad Van Pelt  
Life Long Giants Fan : 2/18/2009 10:20 pm : link
He was my favorite player growing up.
RIP Mr. Van Pelt,  
DG : 2/18/2009 11:37 pm : link
you and John Mendenhall were my two favorite Giants during those lean years. A great athlete, with a ton of range and an unorthodox style of play. Too bad that he missed playing with his (IMO) alter ego, Ted Hendricks, by one season. Think about the character it takes to play at such a high level on such a lousy team for so many years. You had it Brad, as did many of your Giants' defensive teammates (Gregory, Kelley, Lockhart, Mendenhall.) RIP and may God be with you.
Dave, DG - you nailed it  
Scooter : 2/19/2009 12:13 am : link
That's what I remember - Mendenhall, BVP, Spider, Bob Tucker, Kelley, Carson - the guys who gave Giant fans some hope.

If you scroll down to the bottom of the page I linked, there's a story about BVP from a firefighter in upstate NY that's worth a look

Brad Van Pelt was one of MSU's all-time greats - ( New Window )
Very sad  
old timer : 2/19/2009 8:56 am : link
Great player who was there when we turned the corner, RIP.
I hope they do a memorial patch  
John in CharlotteNC : 2/19/2009 9:09 am : link
like they did with Spider..
another Childhood hero  
Paulie Walnuts : 2/19/2009 9:55 am : link
RIP Brad.. thanks for the Memories... I'll alway remember being at the game and the Giants moving Van Pelt out wide to beat on Harold Carmichael.. every time he moved out there, the Giants Stadium crowd would go nuts
holy crap  
Paulie Walnuts : 2/19/2009 9:58 am : link
that picture from the Seahawks game.. I was at that game with my Uncles.. My first game in the Stadium 1976
He was my first favorite player as a young  
mdthedream : 2/19/2009 10:47 am : link
One of my all-time favorites  
Scrub : 2/19/2009 1:00 pm : link
I didn't catch his early career.  
mudbear : 2/19/2009 1:28 pm : link
But from about 1979 on, I didn't think that those teams that he was on were so bad. True, they didn't win many games. But their defense was so good, that W/L didn't matter so much. I got entranced by the joy of watching a defense perform that had NO help (in the form of time of possession or scoring) from it's offense, and yet which turned "three and out" into an art and a science and a fulfilled expectation. And BVP was the funnest to watch of all the players on that tremendous defense.
buckyd : 2/19/2009 2:10 pm : link
What sad news.Muddy-I recall the day he was drafted.I remember reading an article on his being drafted as I rode a train with a buddy of mine to catch a Marx brothers flick at a theater in Manhattan.There was one season in the mid-70's when I never saw a back get around his corner.If he had been a Steeler or a Cowboy he'd be in the HOF.
Another true Giant  
Sec 103 : 2/19/2009 2:13 pm : link
RIP Brad.
Great story about Brad in Fall of 2007  
rjanyg : 2/19/2009 8:21 pm : link
I coach my son's youth football team in a community called Clifton Park, NY. My Assistant Coach had ties with Brad and asked Brad if he would come to one of our games and talk to the kids. We were very excited when he said that he would.
The day of the game comes and I get a call from my Assistant Coach saying that something has come up and Brad couldn't make it. I was kind of bummed about it but figured he had something more important he had to do and hoped that maybe he could come another time. An hour later my Assistant Coach called and said that Brad was able to rework his schedule and was going to come. He had said that he was traveling from about 90 miles away so he may be late.

Well, when I got to the field, there is Brad Van Pelt, looking very young for a guy who hasn't played football in 21 years. He was very easy going and extremely pleasant. I was so psyched that a former great LB for my favorite team would take time out of his schedule to talk to a bunch of coaches and
players he had never met before.

I introduced him to the team. He started off by telling of his youth and the love of all sports. His high school years of being a 3 sport star. How he played multiple sports in college at Michigan State. He mentioned the fact of being drafted by both the St. Louis Cardinals Baseball team and the New York Giants. He said that he was glad he joined the Giants but wasn't sure of living in New York. The talked about the best game he played right after his father's death. He mentioned that the Giants are the greatest organization in sports and how close he was to Well Mara.

He then spent some time answering questions from the kids and the coaches.
After, he signed everything and anything, including a " GIANTS" replica helmet that I had brought. It looks great in my Giants Room. He came to midfield and performed the coin toss and shook hands with the league president, game officials, coaches and captains from both teams. The refs could not get over the fact that one of their childhood heroes would spend time to come to a youth football game.

To top it off he actually stayed and watched the first half in the bleachers with the families of my players.

In a day where pro athletes are taking performance enhancing drugs, or lying about taking them, turning down $25 Million contracts ( manny ) or bringing firearms into a night club, it is people like Brad Van Pelt that give us hope and
provide a glimpse of what we wish our sports heroes to aspire to.

Attached is a link to our league web site. In the photo gallery there are many pictures of Brad from that day.

I will never forget the experience and hope that the people that were there that day won't either.

Pictures of Brad VanPelt - ( New Window )
Great story, rjanyg  
PetesHereNow : 2/19/2009 8:27 pm : link
Though Brad never was actually on that 86 championship team, it is that dedication, compassion, and love of the game that will make him remembered as a champion and an all time NYG great. RIP, Brad.
very cool story  
Paulie Walnuts : 2/20/2009 1:03 am : link
RIP Brad.. way too soon

and the 86 championship was also for Archer, Mendenhall,Gregory, Van Pelt, Kelly, Mallory, Stienke, Ray Rhodes.. et al
I remember reading the scouting reports on Brian Urlacher  
JimInKgnNY : 2/20/2009 10:33 am : link
when he was coming into the draft. He was a hybrid S-LB type with good ball hawking skills. The pros were projecting him as a LB. I smiled and thought "he sounds like the next Brad Van Pelt."

RIP #10. Thanks for the effort and the big plays and being a positive when so much surrounding my favorite team was negative. I'm proud to say I still have my "Crunch Bunch" poster encased in glass and hanging up on my wall. You will not be forgotten.
Great story about Brad.  
mudbear : 2/21/2009 1:58 pm : link
He was a professional with an amateur spirit. Lost. Almost completely lost in our society today. He went out of his way because he knew that he wasn't more important than the sport. And in knowing that, he transcended the sport and touched hearts.
Kyle in NY : 2/21/2009 3:31 pm : link
do you coach in Jr. Plainsmen?
my mistake  
Kyle in NY : 2/21/2009 3:32 pm : link
didn't see your link. My dad coaches my brother in that league and I went up through Jr. Plainsmen all the way through Shen.
Bump for Brad  
Buldawg : 2/21/2009 4:16 pm : link
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