Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

Brad Van Pelt

Brad Van Pelt


  • Position: Safety
  • School: Michigan State
  • High School: Owosso, MI (Owosso HS)
  • Years: 1970-1972
  • Inducted: 2001
  • Place of Birth: Owosso, MI
  • Date of Birth: Apr 05, 1951
  • Place of Death: Owosso, MI
  • Date of Death: Feb 18, 2009
  • Jersey Number: 10
  • Height: 6-5
  • Weight: 235

Member Biography

Brad Van Pelt was a 2-time All-American, unanimous in 1972. That year he won the Maxwell trophy as the Nation's best player. This was the first time a defensive back won the award. Also in 1972, he was named Chevrolet Defensive Player of the Year and Columbus Touchdown Club Defensive Player of the Year. In his career, he had 14 interceptions. He returned two of them for touchdowns. He followed his senior season playing in the East-West Shrine Game, the Hula Bowl, and the College All-Star Game. Van Pelt played pro 14 years with the New York Giants, Cleveland Browns, and Oakland Raiders 1973-86. He was all-pro five times.
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