Dee Hardison News Archive

Services Set This Weekend for Dee Hardison

The UNC Lettermen's community is mourning the passing April 21 of Dee Hardison, a defensive tackle from the mid-1970s hailed as a remarkable athlete and a kind and generous individual. “Dee was my first up close look at a true athletic freak,” Duke Thompson says. "But what impressed me most is that he was one of the nicest guys you would ever meet.”

Dee Hardison remembered by former Giants teammates

Dee Hardison, who spent more than four of his 11 NFL seasons with the New York Giants, passed away last Saturday in North Carolina of heart failure at the age of 61. Hardison, a defensive end, played 49 regular-season games for the Giants from 1982-85 and was a two-time All-ACC lineman at UNC. "Dee was a great guy," linebacker Robbie Jones said.

Passing of ‘gentle giant’ Dee Hardison

Described as a “gentle giant” by coaches who knew him, UNC standout Dee Hardison, who went on to a long career in the NFL, passed away Saturday leaving family and friends to mourn the loss of a big man with an even bigger heart. William David “Dee” Hardison died at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill, where he had been hospitalized for several weeks.

Former UNC football star Dee Hardison dies at 61

Phil Ragazzo first met Dee Hardison in 1973 at the annual East-West All-Star football game in Greensboro. Hardison was a 6-foot-4, 215-pound running back out of Hobbton High School who would soon be Ragazzo’s college teammate at North Carolina. Ragazzo and others remembered William Davidson “Dee” Hardison on Sunday, a day after the 61-year-old passed away.

Kareem Martin next in line?

Marcus Jones. Julius Peppers. Ryan Sims. Greg Ellis. Donnell Thompson. William Fuller. Dee Hardison. Kentwan Balmer. Robert Quinn. Quinton Coples. The list of great of defensive linemen who have distinguished themselves as Tar Heels seems never ending. Junior Kareem Martin is anxious to continue the lineage as he transitions from supporting role to star performer for UNC.

A great career decision

Dee Hardison never considered his football talent anything special as a sophomore at Hobbton High School in the early 1970s. Hardison would spend 15 years in uniform after graduating from Hobbton in 1974. But instead of wearing Army fatigues, Hardison dressed as a Tar Heel, a Buffalo Bill, a Giant, a Charger and a Chief during a successful football career that led to Hardison’s recent induction into the N.C. Sports Hall of Fame.

Hardison enters N.C. Sports Hall of Fame

Former UNC All-American defensive tackle Dee Hardison received a tremendous honor this past week, as he entered the ranks of the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame. Hardison was a stalwart in the trenches for Bill Dooley's last ACC championship team at UNC. "I played football for fun. I didn't play for the glory; I didn't play for any awards. I played because I enjoyed the game, and to be up here with these great gentlemen and just realize that people thought I was a pretty good player; that's awesome," Hardison said after being introduced by another N.C. Hall of Fame member, longtime Duke announcer Bob Harris.

All in the (UNC) family

This has been a remarkable year for Pete Brennan, the 1958 Atlantic Coast Conference men's basketball player of the year. On Thursday, Brennan received an individual honor when he was inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame. Former Tar Heel defensive tackle and NFL player Dee Hardison was also one of the members of the 2007 class.

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