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Passing of John Mendenhall, Marty Schottenheimer hits home for Harry Carson

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The second loss in three weeks of a friend and mentor from his formative seasons with the Giants has left Harry Carson feeling sad and reflective. Monday brought the announcement that John Mendenhall had passed away at the age 72. A standout defensive tackle who was in his fifth season when Carson joined the team in 1976, Mendenhall was a veteran who set an example and provided counsel on life in the NFL. His death followed by less than a month ago that of Marty Schottenheimer, who, as a Giants assistant coach, drafted Carson and switched him from a defensive lineman at South Carolina State to middle linebacker, where Carson played so superbly he was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2006.
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