Football Legend Passes Away

(TheIndependentStar.com) – Known for missing only three games in his 13-season career, former Giants Pro Bowl lineman and legend Greg Larson passed away at the age of 84.

Recognized as one of the top 100 New York Giants ahead of the team’s centennial season this year, Larson played 179 games from 1961 to 1973, a record second only to Joe Morrison at the time.

Giants president John Mara said at the Giants 100 event in June, “He was our leader, our captain, one of the most popular players that we had. Just a great all-around individual. He really epitomized what it meant to be a Giant in that era.”


During Larson’s early years, the Giants made it to the NFL Championship Game three times consecutively.

“The fans went absolutely nuts in New York,” Larson recalled in 2001. “It was a special town to be in. People came out of the woodwork. People were really intense.”

“You’ve got to understand that Giants fans go back a long time. That was their team. At that time the Giants encompassed the whole eastern area. They just loved us along the whole East Coast,” he added.

Moreover, Larson’s standout season came in 1968, when he was selected to the Pro Bowl alongside teammates Fran Tarkenton, Homer Jones, and Spider Lockhart but he retired in 1974 due to knee injuries.

“If I hadn’t had surgery I definitely wouldn’t have given retirement a thought and would have come back. But the leg wasn’t responding the way I would like, and I said last year if I ever had another operation, that would be it.”

In addition, Larson had a distinguished collegiate career with the Minnesota Golden Gophers, serving as team captain on the 1960 championship team and earning First-Team All-Big Ten honors that year.

After retiring from football, Larson and his wife operated a sporting goods business in Minneapolis until it was sold in 2010. Despite his achievements on the field, Larson remained focused on the present.

According to his obituary, no cause of death was disclosed in his obituary.

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