Former New York Giant & NFL Hall of Famer Harry Carson to Be Honored at 2013 Burke Award Reception

Released May 29, 2013

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – May 29, 2013 – Burke Rehabilitation Hospital and Burke Medical Research Institute will be honoring Harry Carson with the 2013 Burke Award during the Burke Award Reception on June 12, 2013. The event will be held from 6-10 p.m. at The Westchester Country Club, 99 Biltmore Avenue in Rye, N.Y.

"Burke is pleased to honor Harry Carson for his advocacy for athletes and veterans who live with traumatic brain injury and for his efforts to educate everyone about concussions in sports," said Mary Beth Walsh, M.D., CEO and executive medical director, Burke Rehabilitation Hospital.

Harry Carson played as a linebacker for the New York Giants for his entire 13-year pro-football career where he led in tackles for six seasons. Carson played in nine Pro Bowls and was captain of the 1986 Giants, who went on to win the Super Bowl in 1987. He was inducted into the National Football League's Hall of Fame in 2006.

After the NFL, Carson switched his focus to advocacy and broadcasting. Carson is now a spokesperson on concussions in sports, an advisor to brain injury groups and an advocate for athletes and veterans who live with the aftermath of repeated traumatic brain injuries. Carson works with community groups on neurological education, promoting prevention, early detection and treatment. He is credited with being one of the very first former professional athletes to draw attention to the association of concussions (mild traumatic brain injuries) with neurological abnormalities in those who have participated in contact sports or have served in the military.

In past years he has served as an adviser to the Congress of Neurological Surgeons and as a member of the Brain Injury Association's Sports Injury Prevention Council. Former New Jersey Governor Christine Whitman appointed Carson as a member of the New Jersey Advisory Council on Traumatic Brain Injury. Through education and his own personal experiences, he has established himself as an internationally recognized source on concussions in sports.

Carson is also involved in programs that help minorities. He serves as Executive Director of the Fritz Pollard Alliance, an organization that represents all National Football League Minority Coaches, Coordinators, Scouts, Player Personnel and Game Day Officials, dedicated to creating a greater sense of racial and gender diversity within non-player roles within the National Football League.

Carson also is currently the co-host of the New York Giants game day magazine's TV program on the MSG Network, Giants Opening Drive Live; and CEO and President of Harry Carson Inc. Carson is a long-time resident of Franklin Lakes, N.J.

In addition to Harry Carson, two other individuals will be honored with the 2013 Burke Award: Marc Tesler and George D. Yancopoulos, M.D., Ph.D. Tesler is a retired technology investor and venture capitalist. Tesler is currently chairman of the Advisory Committee for the Restorative Neurology Clinic at Burke, which offers those with neurological conditions robotic assisted therapy. Dr. Yancopoulos is the president of Regeneron Laboratories and chief scientific officer for Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Dr. Yancopoulos works with the Burke Medical Research Institute to investigate new therapeutic approaches to treat disorders in the nervous and vision systems.

This year's winners will join an esteemed group of individuals who have contributed greatly to the field of medical rehabilitation, including Congresswoman Nita M. Lowey, late actor and medical research activist Christopher Reeve, Paralympic gold medalist Sarah Will, 9/11 survivor Lauren Manning, among other extraordinary individuals. The Burke Rehabilitation Center is very grateful to all of its award recipients for their dedication and effort reducing disability.

For more information about the Burke Award, please contact Allison Galligan at (914) 597-2222 or via email at

About Burke Rehabilitation Center
Burke Rehabilitation Center comprises the Burke Rehabilitation Hospital and Burke Medical Research Institute. It is a private, not-for-profit, acute rehabilitation hospital and is the only hospital in Westchester County dedicated solely to rehabilitation medicine. Founded in 1915, Burke offers both inpatient and outpatient programs for those who have experienced a disabling illness, traumatic injury or joint replacement surgery. Along with the hospital's world renowned doctors and therapists providing state-of-the-art treatment, Burke Medical Research Institute scientists explore the frontiers of neurological and pulmonary medicine. All share the Burke mission to ensure that every patient makes the fullest possible recovery from illness or injury regardless of their ability to pay. For additional information on Burke Rehabilitation Center or the Burke Award, please visit


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