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Brad Van Pelt
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NFL March of Dimes - New York Giants
Published: 2012/10/05
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CSU Sports Hall of Fame 2013: Bradlee Van Pelt
CSU Sports Hall of Fame 2013: Bradlee Van Pelt
Published: 2013/11/04
Channel: Colorado State Rams
Brad Van Pelt: Football Linebacker
Brad Van Pelt: Football Linebacker
Published: 2017/09/26
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Jayson Tatum Joins SportsCenter With Scott Van Pelt | SC with SVP | June 22, 2017
Jayson Tatum Joins SportsCenter With Scott Van Pelt | SC with SVP | June 22, 2017
Published: 2017/06/22
Channel: ESPN
OBM - Football Player - Brad Van Pelt
OBM - Football Player - Brad Van Pelt
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Autocross 752015
Published: 2015/07/05
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Practice Like the Pros: Bo Van Pelt
Practice Like the Pros: Bo Van Pelt
Published: 2011/05/17
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Champion Windows feature Bradlee Van Pelt
Champion Windows feature Bradlee Van Pelt
Published: 2008/11/20
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Corvette Cleveland Show
Corvette Cleveland Show
Published: 2015/07/27
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Bradlee Van Pelt First Lions Bergamo TD
Bradlee Van Pelt First Lions Bergamo TD
Published: 2010/03/16
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Lawrence Taylor Game Film - 1982 Thanksgiving Day vs Lions
Lawrence Taylor Game Film - 1982 Thanksgiving Day vs Lions
Published: 2014/11/21
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SVP not shocked by college basketball news | SC with SVP | ESPN
SVP not shocked by college basketball news | SC with SVP | ESPN
Published: 2017/09/27
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Dark Secrets The Cast Of Home Improvement Tried To Hide
Dark Secrets The Cast Of Home Improvement Tried To Hide
Published: 2017/06/03
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UPTSM: Natalie
UPTSM: Natalie's Story
Published: 2016/11/18
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Arnold Van Pelt
Arnold Van Pelt's Tune
Published: 2008/09/10
Channel: Edavidt Tk
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Copy of pittrace long with music 7142015
Published: 2015/07/22
Channel: Brad Van Pelt
Trent and Steve Van Pelt on Pharo Cattle Company
Trent and Steve Van Pelt on Pharo Cattle Company
Published: 2014/01/09
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Erika Van Pelt - Heaven [Lyrics]
Erika Van Pelt - Heaven [Lyrics]
Published: 2012/04/29
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My Story Charles and Nebrenda Van Pelt
My Story Charles and Nebrenda Van Pelt
Published: 2014/02/11
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Bradlee Van Pelt
Bradlee Van Pelt
Published: 2010/09/09
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Bradlee Van Pelt Head Spike
Bradlee Van Pelt Head Spike
Published: 2007/08/29
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Travels With Trev - CSU QB Bradlee Van Pelt
Travels With Trev - CSU QB Bradlee Van Pelt
Published: 2015/01/14
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BRIDE OF CHUCKY - WHAT RING? SCENE - TIFFANY HEART BROKEN HD
BRIDE OF CHUCKY - WHAT RING? SCENE - TIFFANY HEART BROKEN HD
Published: 2013/07/22
Channel: ZK NIGHTMAREZ
The Van Pelt - Magic Fantasy (We Are Provincial)
The Van Pelt - Magic Fantasy (We Are Provincial)
Published: 2011/11/01
Channel: Overdrive Arcade
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Published: 2017/01/04
Channel: Brad Wiegmann
Billy VanPelt & Tommy Meier .::. The 31st Lap #93
Billy VanPelt & Tommy Meier .::. The 31st Lap #93
Published: 2013/10/25
Channel: FingerLakes1.com, Inc.
Matt Van Pelt Official CBL Hoop Mix
Matt Van Pelt Official CBL Hoop Mix
Published: 2015/09/24
Channel: Matthew Van Pelt
APF 2k8 Tip drill
APF 2k8 Tip drill
Published: 2009/07/24
Channel: DJx79x
lunch time fun 2011 Mustang GT 5/15/2103
lunch time fun 2011 Mustang GT 5/15/2103
Published: 2013/05/15
Channel: Brad Van Pelt
Billy Van Pelt Heat Race 6/8/13
Billy Van Pelt Heat Race 6/8/13
Published: 2013/06/15
Channel: Susan Van Pelt
Thomas Walkup on ESPN
Thomas Walkup on ESPN's Sports Center
Published: 2016/03/24
Channel: SFA Athletics
"POSERS" with Painter Alison Van Pelt
"POSERS" with Painter Alison Van Pelt
Published: 2009/09/09
Channel: Anymatic
test2
test2
Published: 2015/06/26
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In Ten Cities - Astronomers
In Ten Cities - Astronomers
Published: 2012/01/02
Channel: astronomersdotcom
Beck Song Reader - M@NOMAD Secret Show - Full Performance
Beck Song Reader - M@NOMAD Secret Show - Full Performance
Published: 2014/01/16
Channel: NOMAD LIVE
IN MEMORIAM  2009   (Vol.8)
IN MEMORIAM 2009 (Vol.8)
Published: 2012/04/03
Channel: MemoryMan1964
Matt Van Pelt - another assist
Matt Van Pelt - another assist
Published: 2012/10/28
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Ferrall on the Bench - Annoyed With Scott Van Pelt
Ferrall on the Bench - Annoyed With Scott Van Pelt's Masters Coverage (04-07-2017)
Published: 2017/04/09
Channel: Dominic Renzetti
Linus and Lucy - presented by Brad 2
Linus and Lucy - presented by Brad 2
Published: 2008/03/25
Channel: cameader
Matt Van Pelt Rookie Season Highlights
Matt Van Pelt Rookie Season Highlights
Published: 2014/01/29
Channel: Matt Van Pelt
"My Chris Cornell Interview" on Heaven
"My Chris Cornell Interview" on Heaven's Metal w/Doug Van Pelt
Published: 2017/06/02
Channel: Sanctuary International Matrix
BO VAN PELT - 2014 DRIVER GOLF SWING DTL REGULAR & SLOW MOTION 1080p HD
BO VAN PELT - 2014 DRIVER GOLF SWING DTL REGULAR & SLOW MOTION 1080p HD
Published: 2014/07/31
Channel: GolfswingHD
This is Sportscenter - Tony Romo & Scott Van Pelt
This is Sportscenter - Tony Romo & Scott Van Pelt
Published: 2014/12/04
Channel: skynyrd45
"Linus and Lucy  -    Brad "Buster" Jones cover (by Tim Platt)
"Linus and Lucy - Brad "Buster" Jones cover (by Tim Platt)
Published: 2012/12/10
Channel: aplatt1979
Richey Maloney and Brad Van Oss with Section 8 at Tipps
Richey Maloney and Brad Van Oss with Section 8 at Tipps
Published: 2007/10/20
Channel: Richard Maloney
MVI 0536
MVI 0536
Published: 2014/11/24
Channel: Brad Van Pelt
KNEB News Extra - November 5, 2012
KNEB News Extra - November 5, 2012
Published: 2012/11/05
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Brad Van Pelt
No. 10, 91, 50
Position: Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1951-04-05)April 5, 1951
Place of birth: Owosso, Michigan
Date of death: February 17, 2009(2009-02-17) (aged 57)
Place of death: Harrison, Michigan
Career information
College: Michigan State
NFL Draft: 1973 / Round: 2 / Pick: 40
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Sacks: 24.5
Interceptions: 20
Games played: 184
Player stats at NFL.com

Brad Alan Van Pelt (April 5, 1951 – February 17, 2009) was an American football linebacker who played 14 seasons in the National Football League (NFL). A two-time All-American (1971, 1972) and the 1972 Maxwell Award winner as college football's best player, he was drafted by the New York Giants, earning five Pro Bowl selections during his ten years with the team. He rounded out his career with the Los Angeles Raiders from 1984 to 1985 and the Cleveland Browns in 1986. Van Pelt is the father of former Denver Broncos and Houston Texans quarterback Bradlee Van Pelt.

Early years[edit]

Van Pelt attendedOwosso High School which was a member of the Big Nine Conference in Owosso, Michigan. Dean Howe covered high school sports for the Flint Journal and recalled an incident involving Van Pelt:

"He was like a man among boys. He was about 6-5, 220. One night, his coach from Owosso called in and said he got 32 rebounds in a game. I didn't put that in the paper. I didn't believe that. So, the next game I went out when they played Davison and I just counted his rebounds and he got (42). He was just so dominant."[1]

In 1969 he was named all-state as a quarterback and first-team all-league in basketball, baseball and two ways in football.[1][2] [3]The Detroit Tigers and California Angels tried to sign Van Pelt directly out of high school, but he declined.[4]

College career[edit]

He played college football at nearby Michigan State University where he was a two-time All-American at safety, in 1971 and 1972 and also won the Maxwell Award as the nation's best player, the first time a defensive back won the award. He was also named Chevrolet Defensive Player of the Year and Columbus Touchdown Club Defensive Player of the Year.[5] His career coincided with the last three years of the tenure of legendary Spartans coach Duffy Daugherty.

In his college career, Van Pelt had fourteen interceptions returning two of them for touchdowns. He followed his senior season playing in the East-West Shrine Game, the Hula Bowl, and the College All-Star Game. Van Pelt also played basketball and baseball at MSU, earning a total of seven varsity letters.[4]

Professional career[edit]

As a member of the Giants, Van Pelt was a member of the Crunch Bunch, a team of fierce linebackers composed of Van Pelt, Brian Kelley, Lawrence Taylor, and Harry Carson. The group is widely considered one of the best linebacking combos in NFL history.[6][7] He was also named the player of the decade for the 1970s by the Giants.

During his 11-year career with the franchise, the Giants posted a winning record only once, in 1981, when New York reached the playoffs for the only time in a 20-year stretch between 1964 and 1983. Van Pelt also has the unusual distinction of playing for the franchise in four different home stadiums: Yankee Stadium, the Yale Bowl, Shea Stadium, and Giants Stadium. He also played for five Giants head coaches: Alex Webster, Bill Arnsparger, John McVay, Ray Perkins, and Bill Parcells.

Van Pelt wore number 10 with the Giants, his college number, even though the NFL instituted a Jersey numbering system for the 1973 NFL season, which limited linebackers entering the league to numbers 50 through 59. He was allowed to wear 10 because he was the backup kicker in his rookie year.[8] Van Pelt wore number 91 with the Raiders and wore number 50 with the Browns.

Post NFL[edit]

In addition to being teammates, the four Crunch Bunch members were close friends. They knew each other longer as buddies than as players and frequently talked on the phone, played golf and attended memorabilia signing events. Van Pelt was quoted in 2004:

"I feel as comfortable with (Carson, Kelley and Taylor) as I do with my brothers. Obviously, your brothers are your brothers. But these three are probably the closest thing to them. Brian and I played 11 years together. I played nine with Harry. Lawrence being the guy (he is), it didn't take long for him to fit right in and become one of the guys. I can't really explain why but they're the only three I stay close with."[9]

The Crunch Bunch went to Puebla, Mexico on October 26, 2004, to promote Habitat for Humanity and assist 3,000 volunteers who were building 150 houses.[9] While there, they met and talked with former president Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn.[6]

Van Pelt went back to school to complete coursework for his degree in 1998 and in 2000, he was elected to the Sports Hall of Fame at Michigan State University.[4] In 2001, Van Pelt was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in the class with Steve Young. He was nominated for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2005, but was not elected. In 2009, Van Pelt was inducted into the East-West Shrine Game Hall of Fame. He participated in the 48th East-West Shrine Game in 1972. The year before his death, he and his fiancee, Deanna, purchased a home[9] in Harrison, Michigan, where his two brothers and mother reside.[1] They spent most of their time there.

Van Pelt was inducted into the New York Giants Ring of Honor during the 2011 season at halftime in a game between the Giants and the Green Bay Packers.

Death[edit]

On February 17, 2009, Van Pelt was found by his longtime fiancee, slumped in a chair, dead from an apparent heart attack. He was 57[10] and had no known heart condition; but his father had died at an early age from heart problems.[4]

Van Pelt's death was a shock to the Crunch Bunch. Harry Carson commented, "I am just so glad that I got to know the man more so than the athlete."[9] Brian Kelley stated:

"It was total devastation. I've known Brad since '73 -- 36 years. I've known him longer than my wife and my kids. Football was 11 years of our life. We had 25 other years when we were together, did things together and still are doing them together, us and LT and Harry Carson. It's sort of like losing a limb because the four of us are so close. To lose one of us is tough. It's even tough to believe it happened. ... I'm just going to miss him, miss seeing him at Giants games, miss him calling me about stupid stuff."[9]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Khan, Bill: [1] Flint Journal, February 18, 2009, Former NFL star Brad Van Pelt of Owosso remembered as humble hometown boy
  2. ^ Brad VanPelt Shiawassee County, Michigan[permanent dead link] Retrieved June 26, 2006
  3. ^ Bob Boyles, ‎Paul Guido, eds. (2009). The USA Today College Football Encyclopedia, 2009 edition. p. 294. 
  4. ^ a b c d Staudt, Tim: [2] News 10 WILX.com, February 18, 2009, UPDATE ON VAN PELT DEATH-- NEW DETAILS
  5. ^ Brad Van Pelt To Be Honored At On-Campus Salute[permanent dead link] Retrieved June 26, 2006
  6. ^ a b Eisen, Michael: [3] New York Giants.com, February 18, 2009, Van Pelt Passes
  7. ^ Associated Press: [4] NFL.com, February 18, 2009, Van Pelt, member of Giants' famed 'Crunch Bunch,' dies at age 57
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-06-13. Retrieved 2009-09-06.  Boston Herald, February 18, 2009-Former Giants linebacker Brad Van Pelt dies Retrieved February 18, 2009
  9. ^ a b c d e Needell, Paul & Vrentas, Jenny: [5] Star-Ledger, February 18, 2009-Former Giant Brad Van Pelt dies of apparent heart attack; Bill Parcells among those remembering him
  10. ^ Rock, Tom:[6] Newsday, February 18, 2009-Giants great Brad Van Pelt dies at 57 Retrieved February 18, 2009

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