Sam Huff, Lawrence Taylor, Harry Carson ... T.J. Brunson?
Brunson, the 6-1, 229-pound South Carolina linebacker, was chosen by the New York Giants, a franchise with a lengthy list of legendary linebackers, on Saturday with the No. 238 overall pick (seventh round) of the 2020 NFL Draft.
Brunson becomes the first Gamecock selected by the Giants since tight end Jerell Adams was selected in the sixth round of the 2016 draft.
Brunson becomes the fourth Gamecock to be selected, joining Javon Kinlaw (first round to San Francisco), Bryan Edwards (third round to Las Vegas) and D.J. Wonnum (fourth round to Minnesota). The four selections are the most for South Carolina since the 2015 Draft that saw A.J. Cann, Mike Davis, Corey Robinson and Rory "Busta" Anderson selected.
Brunson had 283 career tackles (21 for loss) and six sacks during his time at South Carolina. He also had six passes defended, four fumble recoveries, one interception and one forced fumble.
“The guy’s a freaking warrior,” former South Carolina linebackers and special teams coach Coleman Hutzler said before this past season.