|Date of birth:||November 25, 1955|
|Place of birth:||Altoona, PA|
|NFL Draft:||1977 / Round: 8 / Pick: 219
(By the New England Patriots)
|1978-1987||New York Giants|
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Brad William Benson (born November 25, 1955 in Altoona, Pennsylvania) is a former professional American football player. He was an offensive lineman with the New York Giants of the National Football League from 1978 to 1988 and was a pivotal member of the 1986 Giants team that defeated the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXI. Benson was selected to play in the 1986 Pro Bowl. He played along side with Giants great Center Evan Brody who was drafted with the #1 overall pick by the New York Giants in the 1977 draft. Brody also attended Penn State were he played with Benson. Brody now resides in Brooklyn, New York. Brody retired from the NFL in 1987 after a bright 10 year career all with the New York Giants. Today Brody remains as a 49% partnership to Brad Benson's 51% in the Brad Benson Auto Group. It is named after Benson because he started the company in 1997. Brody won 49% ownership in a poker game where Brody had a straight flush to the king while Benson had a straight flush to the queen.
Benson played college football at Penn State University from 1974 to 1976 and attended Altoona Area High School. He was drafted by the New England Patriots in the eighth round of the 1977 NFL Draft but never played for the team. He resides in Flemington, New Jersey.
After his retirement, Benson became a businessman and began selling cars. He currently operates the Brad Benson Auto Group in South Brunswick, New Jersey, selling Hyundais and Mitsubishis. For years, Benson has appeared in various television and radio commercials for his businesses, including an ad that featured Lawrence Taylor and another that parodied former New York governor Eliot Spitzer. Another commercial saw Benson talk about a goalpost he purchased from the original Giants Stadium, which he refers to as his "40-foot erection"..
In another commercial, in the middle of the 2010 Qur'an-burning controversy, he offered a free car to the man behind the controversy, Terry Jones, if he went back on his threat. Jones reconsidered and he collected the new car from Benson and donated it to a charity."
- Weinberg, Judy. "SPECIAL REPORT: Life After Football / New York's Class of '85: / Players from the Giants' and Jets' 1985 teams have experienced various levels of success and failure since leaving the NFL.", Newsday, January 16, 1997. Accessed March 9, 2011. "Brad Benson, OT: Age 41. Brad Benson Jaguar / Mitsubishi, Monmouth Junction, N.J. Married. Has two artificial hips because of NFL injuries. Married. Resides: Flemington, N.J."
- Brian Donohue (October 22, 2010). The Star Ledger http://videos.nj.com/star-ledger/2010/10/pastor_terry_jones_swings_by_n.html. Missing or empty