|Born:||November 29, 1962|
Jamaica, New York
|Height:||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight:||190 lb (86 kg)|
|High school:||Nanticoke (PA) Fine|
|NFL Draft:||1984 / Round: 7 / Pick: 176|
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Harry E.dwin Hamilton (born November 29, 1962) is a former professional American football player. Hamilton was the first Black African-American to graduate from John S. Fine High School, Nanticoke, PA.
Having graduated with honors, he was recruited by a number of prestigious colleges for his excellence in academics and athletics before selecting Penn State University, home of legendary coach, the late Joe Paterno. During his collegiate career as a Nittany Lion, he was an Academic All-American hero back/safety at Penn State University following the 1982 National Championship season and 1983 seasons. He played 8 seasons as a safety in the National Football League with the New York Jets and Tampa Bay Buccaneers before retiring in 1993.
Hamilton has a strong foundation in community service instilled in him by his father, the late Dr. Stan Hamilton, who was a prolific community advocate and elder statesman who raised his sons and daughter to stand on their principles and to always reach back to serve others. Wherever Hamilton resided, he was always instrumental in elevating the resources available to help those in need – usually those who were disenfranchised and neglected by society. During his professional career in New York and Tampa, Hamilton not only donated thousands of dollars for a wide range of needs including rent and food purchases; he made personal appearances to directly assist and encourage people from all walks of life. During his professional football career, Hamilton attended law school and immediately put his law degree to work for legal services in Tampa Florida before embarking on a career in the United States Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps. Hamilton would later serve nearly two full terms on the Pennsylvania Children’s Trust Fund Board where he helped to advocate for policies designed to seek innovative ideas and programs for preventing child abuse and neglect throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Often sought after as a speaker and mentor, Hamilton has always strived to be of service to others.
In March 2018, while addressing a potential child endangerment situation, Hamilton, 55, was charged with a number of offenses including burglary, criminal trespassing, a misdemeanor count of simple assault and two summary offenses of harassment. False allegations, including that he forced his way into the residence in which he was seeking to protect his son, are currently being addressed in court. As a member of the military entrusted with protecting and serving his country against enemies both “foreign and domestic”; Hamilton was aiming to ensure the safety of his son from those whose intent was not beneficial for him. Hamilton went out on a limb to correct situations within his own family as well as the community as the drug crisis has impacted us all. Hamilton was arraigned before District Judge Thomas Jordan and released on $25,000 unsecured bail. From the gridiron to the halls of justices, Hamilton continues to follow his father’s legacy to protect others especially the down-trodden whose voices are often not heard nor their needs met but now is focusing on defending himself for seeking to protect his family.