Brad Benson
No. 60
Position:Offensive tackle
Personal information
Born: (1955-11-25) November 25, 1955 (age 68)
Altoona, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:222 lb (101 kg)
Career information
High school:Altoona Area
College:Penn State
NFL draft:1977 / Round: 8 / Pick: 219
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played:137
Games started:123
Fumble recoveries:1
Player stats at PFR

Brad William Benson (born November 25, 1955) is an American former professional football player who was a tackle for the New York Giants of the National Football League (NFL) from 1978 to 1988. He was a pivotal member of the 1986 Giants team that defeated the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXI. Benson was selected to the Pro Bowl in 1986.

Benson played college football for the Penn State Nittany Lions from 1974 to 1976 and attended Altoona Area High School. He was selected by the New England Patriots in the eighth round of the 1977 NFL Draft but never played for the team. He resides in Flemington, New Jersey.

After his retirement, Benson became a businessman and began selling cars. He previously operated the Brad Benson Auto Group in South Brunswick, New Jersey, selling Hyundais and Mitsubishis.[1] For years, Benson has appeared in various television and radio commercials for his business, including an ad that featured Lawrence Taylor and another that parodied former New York governor Eliot Spitzer. Another commercial saw Benson talk about a goalpost he purchased from the original Giants Stadium, which he refers to as his "40-foot erection".[2]

In another commercial, in the middle of the 2010 Qur'an-burning controversy, he offered a free car to the man behind the controversy, Terry Jones, if he went back on his threat. Jones reconsidered and he collected the new car from Benson and donated it to a charity."[3]

Benson and his family have lived on a 40-acre (16 ha) farm in Hillsborough Township, New Jersey.[4] His younger brother Troy Benson played for the New York Jets from 1985 to 1990.[5] On March 17, 2013, Benson's son Clinton was accused of hitting Flemington's Richard Lachner with his Nissan Frontier pickup at around 3 a.m. on Woodfern Road in Branchburg by the historic Neshanic Inn. Clinton Benson had entered an open guilty plea on Feb. 1, 2016, to third-degree assault by auto, fourth-degree possession of hollow-point bullets, possession of drug paraphernalia and several motor-vehicle offenses.[6]

See also


  1. ^ Weinberg, Judy. "SPECIAL REPORT: Life After Football / New York's Class of '85: / Players from the Giants' and Jets' 1985 teams have experienced various levels of success and failure since leaving the NFL."[permanent dead link], Newsday, January 16, 1997. Accessed March 9, 2011. "Brad Benson, OT: Age 41. Brad Benson Jaguar / Mitsubishi, Monmouth Junction, N.J. Married. Has two artificial hips because of NFL injuries. Married. Resides: Hillsborough, NJ"
  2. ^ Video on YouTube
  3. ^ Brian Donohue (October 22, 2010). "Pastor Terry Jones swings by N.J. To collect his free car from dealer Brad Benson - Video |". The Star Ledger. Archived from the original on 2010-12-30. Retrieved 2010-10-23.
  4. ^ Gola, Hank. "Where are they now? Former Giant Brad Benson's motor in overdrive", New York Daily News, December 20, 2008. Accessed May 2, 2017. "Benson would play just one more year, purchasing the land for his first dealership during the 1987 season. Now Benson lives on a 40-acre farm in Hillsborough, N.J., with his wife, two sons and daughter."
  5. ^ Gehman, Jim. "Where Are They Now: Troy Benson". New York Jets. Retrieved 27 April 2021.
  6. ^, Dave Hutchinson | NJ Advance Media for (2016-04-13). "Son of ex-Giant gets probation for assault by auto". nj. Retrieved 2021-12-14.