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This week, our guests are Summer Sanders, the former Olympic gold medalist in swimming who has gone on to a career in broadcasting and other endeavors, and former New York Giants linebacker Harry Carson, a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and widely considered to be the one of the greatest inside linebackers in NFL History.
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Sports and Torts: Summer Sanders

Summer certainly made a splash at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona. Now she's turning her attention from the pool to the bike trail, where she's working with Schwinn on their Helmets on Heads program, which encourages bike riders of all ages to wear helmets.
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Sports and Torts: Harry Carson

Harry Carson's 13-year stint with the New York Football Giants is one of the longest tenures in club history. He served as Team Captain for 10 of his 13 seasons including the 1986 season when the Giants defeated the Denver Broncos 39-20 in Super Bowl XXI. He was also rated the #1 "Inside Linebacker" in NFL history according to Pro Football Weekly. We talk to the Giants legend about his career and the legacy he & Lawrence Taylor left with the team.
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Helmets On Heads
Helmets On Heads is a comprehensive initiative from Schwinn in association with the ThinkFirst National Injury Prevention Foundation to encourage and educate bike riders of all ages on the importance of wearing helmets. This long-term campaign brings together America’s most iconic bike brand with a recognized safety non-profit to educate children and families about bike and helmet safety, while offering opportunities and tools for educators, local communities and families to get involved and take action.

Guest(s) Appearing on this Episode
Summer Sanders
Summer Sanders pursues excellence in all facets of her life, be it in the swimming pool, in car pool, or in front of the camera. At the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, Sanders emerged as the most decorated U.S. swimmer, winning four medals – two gold, a silver, and a bronze. Following retirement from swimming, Sanders pursued a career in television. From 1997 to 2005, Sanders appeared on a plethora of programs as correspondent, co-host, and host. Highlights include eight years co-hosting NBA Inside Stuff, becoming the first female game-show host on Nickelodeon by hosting Figure It Out, acting as an Olympic analyst and host for NBC during the 1996, 2000, 2002 and 2010 Olympic Games, being a Today Show special contributor from 2000-2004, and hosting Fox’s hit sports show The Sports List. Sanders also worked as a sideline reporter for the NBA, WNBA, and US Open. Sanders took a brief hiatus from TV to focus on life at home. She married Olympian and former U.S. Ski Team Alpine racer Erik Schlopy and has two children, Skye and Spider. She returned to TV in 2009, and has worked as a correspondent for Good Morning America, The Rachael Ray Show, and NBC’s Universal Sports Network. She currently hosts Yahoo! Sports award winning web series Elite Athlete Workout and will be their Olympic host and analyst at the 2012 Games. Most recently, Sanders signed on to be on-air talent for the new Pac-12 Network debuting August 2012. In addition to broadcast work, Sanders is also a health and fitness advocate, producing articles, tips and workouts for various magazines, as well as the author of “Champions are Raised not Born.” In her two years at Stanford University, Sanders compiled six individual NCAA titles and four relay championships, earned back-to-back NCAA Swimmer of the Year awards, and propelled Stanford to the 1992 National Championship.

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Harry Carson
Before his NFL career, Carson played college football for Willie Jeffries at South Carolina State University from 1972–1975, not missing a single game in four years. He became the first Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference player to win consecutive defensive player of the year honors, and assisted the Bulldogs to consecutive conference championships. In 1975, he was a first team selection on the AFCA College-Division All-America team and set school records with 117 tackles and 17 sacks. With Carson as their captain, the Bulldogs defense recorded six shutouts in 1975, and held their opponents to just 29 points, an NCAA record for a ten game season. Carson's Bulldog teammates included former Pittsburgh Steelers safety Donnie Shell and former Kansas City Royals first baseman Willie Mays Aikens. In 2002, Carson was enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame. After his college career, Carson was drafted in the fourth round of the 1976 NFL Draft by the Giants. He spent all of his 13 seasons with them, leading the team in tackles for five seasons, and more impressively, served as their captain for ten. Carson was a member of the Crunch Bunch, a team of fierce linebackers composed of Carson, Brad Van Pelt, Brian Kelley, and Lawrence Taylor. The group is widely considered one of the best defensive combos in NFL history. He was a member of the Big Blue Wrecking Crew defense and also made nine Pro Bowl appearances (1978–1979, 1981–1987) in his career. In the 1980s he was joined by Lawrence Taylor, another Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker. In his 13 seasons, Carson intercepted 11 passes and returned them for a total of 212 yards. He also recovered 14 fumbles, returning them for 36 yards and one touchdown. Officially, he recorded eight quarterback sacks (sacks did not become an official NFL statistic until 1982) but his total is 19 sacks when the 1976-81 seasons are included. He retired at the end of the 1988 season, two years after helping the team win Super Bowl XXI, the Giants' first, and Carson had seven tackles for the victors. Carson was one of the first practitioners of the "Gatorade Shower" which is when the coach of the winning team is doused with a cooler of Gatorade by some of the players following a win. The practice was started by his teammate Jim Burt in 1985 as Carson recounted in his 1987 book Point of Attack:The Defense Strikes Back. When Bill Parcells had Carson as a player with the Giants, he would have him at his side during the singing of the national anthem for good luck. Bill Belichick, an assistant coach for the Giants for 12 years, who as head coach, led the New England Patriots to three 21st century Super Bowl victories, considered Carson the best all-around linebacker he ever coached. Carson was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2006. Carson remains in close involvement with the Giants. He has also had a successful career in sports broadcasting and has his own company, Harry Carson Inc., which deals mainly in sports consulting and promotions. Carson was also part-owner of the Arena Football League's New Jersey Red Dogs, alongside ex-Giants Carl Banks and Joe Morris. He currently co-hosts Giants Access Blue on My 9 with Bob Papa.

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