November 25, 1955 |
|NFL draft||1977 / Round: 8 / Pick: 219
(By the New England Patriots)
|1978–1987||New York Giants|
|Career highlights and awards|
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.
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 previously operated 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 business, 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: Hillsborough, NJ"
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- 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
- Gola, Hank. "Where are they now? Former Giant Brad Benson's motor in overdrive", New York Daily News, December 20, 2008. Accessed May 2, 2017. "Benson would play just one more year, purchasing the land for his first dealership during the 1987 season. Now Benson lives on a 40-acre farm in Hillsborough, N.J., with his wife, two sons and daughter."