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THE LEGEND OF NFL QUARTERBACK JAMES "SHACK" HARRIS
THE LEGEND OF NFL QUARTERBACK JAMES "SHACK" HARRIS
Published: 2013/08/26
Channel: Ultimate Football .University
James "Shack" Harris GLSHOF 2011 Class
James "Shack" Harris GLSHOF 2011 Class
Published: 2015/07/09
Channel: RayHigginsTV
1974 playoff game Redskins Rams
1974 playoff game Redskins Rams
Published: 2016/10/15
Channel: Newton Minnow
James Harrison "Most Feared" Career Highlights (HD)
James Harrison "Most Feared" Career Highlights (HD)
Published: 2016/05/21
Channel: BeastModeHighlights
James Harris: Football
James Harris: Football's Jackie Robinson
Published: 2013/05/29
Channel: Simon & Schuster Books
"First African American to start a season at QB in NFL" James "Shack" Harris
"First African American to start a season at QB in NFL" James "Shack" Harris
Published: 2013/02/19
Channel: G-Man Show
James Harris QB - Senior Season 2015
James Harris QB - Senior Season 2015
Published: 2015/11/23
Channel: Jamie Harris
Brandon Harris: UNC Dual-Threat QB | ACC Football Spring Spotlight
Brandon Harris: UNC Dual-Threat QB | ACC Football Spring Spotlight
Published: 2017/05/11
Channel: ACC Digital Network
James Harris: Football Quarterback
James Harris: Football Quarterback
Published: 2017/10/05
Channel: WhoWhat
Meet the man who makes your favorite QB better | MMQB | Sports Illustrated
Meet the man who makes your favorite QB better | MMQB | Sports Illustrated
Published: 2016/08/03
Channel: Sports Illustrated
#4 Avery Harris / QB,ATH / Munford High (AL) Class of 2017
#4 Avery Harris / QB,ATH / Munford High (AL) Class of 2017
Published: 2016/10/06
Channel: gamechangerrs
Do The Broncos Have The Most Important Quarterback Competition? | NFL Live | ESPN
Do The Broncos Have The Most Important Quarterback Competition? | NFL Live | ESPN
Published: 2017/06/12
Channel: ESPN
James Harris QB Class of 2010 - Woodstock, Ga.
James Harris QB Class of 2010 - Woodstock, Ga.
Published: 2009/02/11
Channel: Scott Kennedy
1974 Redskins @ LA Rams  GOTW {Divi  Playoffs} 12-74
1974 Redskins @ LA Rams GOTW {Divi Playoffs} 12-74
Published: 2017/02/21
Channel: CURTIS EAKER
Passing with the GC QUARTERBACK
Passing with the GC QUARTERBACK
Published: 2013/07/18
Channel: James harris
|| Doubt Me || Baker Mayfield Official Highlights
|| Doubt Me || Baker Mayfield Official Highlights
Published: 2017/01/26
Channel: GM6ix Productions
Major Harris WVU QB #9 Tribute
Major Harris WVU QB #9 Tribute
Published: 2009/05/02
Channel: MorgantownWV1
Howard Cossell-Jack Lambert MNF interview about protection of QB
Howard Cossell-Jack Lambert MNF interview about protection of QB's, 1979.
Published: 2013/06/28
Channel: Tom Gaskins
James Harris QB Junior Year 2014
James Harris QB Junior Year 2014
Published: 2015/11/23
Channel: Jamie Harris
James Harris Cal U QB v2
James Harris Cal U QB v2
Published: 2016/06/16
Channel: Jamie Harris
James Harris / Cal U / QB / 6
James Harris / Cal U / QB / 6'2 215
Published: 2016/06/14
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Joe Gilliam: No Ordinary Joe
Joe Gilliam: No Ordinary Joe
Published: 2012/08/25
Channel: Dexter Rogers
James Harris Cal U QB
James Harris Cal U QB
Published: 2016/06/16
Channel: Jamie Harris
2006  James Harris interview (2014 MLK day)
2006 James Harris interview (2014 MLK day)
Published: 2014/01/26
Channel: Nathan Lee
Recreating
Recreating 'The Catch' w/ Joe Montana
Published: 2015/10/30
Channel: The Late Late Show with James Corden
#57: Jameis Winston (QB, Buccaneers) | Top 100 Players of 2017 | NFL
#57: Jameis Winston (QB, Buccaneers) | Top 100 Players of 2017 | NFL
Published: 2017/05/23
Channel: NFL
Rams 1974 Yearbook
Rams 1974 Yearbook
Published: 2017/02/25
Channel: CURTIS EAKER
Deshone Kizer || Official Notre Dame Highlights
Deshone Kizer || Official Notre Dame Highlights
Published: 2016/12/23
Channel: Harris Highlights
Florida QB Harris Suspended After Assault Accusation
Florida QB Harris Suspended After Assault Accusation
Published: 2014/10/07
Channel: UFC
How Hard Is It To Catch A Pass Against Chris Harris Jr.? | MMQB With Peter King | Sports Illustrated
How Hard Is It To Catch A Pass Against Chris Harris Jr.? | MMQB With Peter King | Sports Illustrated
Published: 2016/05/31
Channel: Sports Illustrated
Watch Auburn quarterback John Franklin III run drills as a wide receiver
Watch Auburn quarterback John Franklin III run drills as a wide receiver
Published: 2017/03/07
Channel: Auburn Tigers on AL.com
Who Will Win LSU Quarterback Battle? | CampusInsiders
Who Will Win LSU Quarterback Battle? | CampusInsiders
Published: 2015/06/08
Channel: Stadium
Ronnie Harrison || "SAVAGE" || Official Alabama Highlights
Ronnie Harrison || "SAVAGE" || Official Alabama Highlights
Published: 2017/02/25
Channel: Harris Highlights
The NFL & The NBA just got Trumped
The NFL & The NBA just got Trumped
Published: 2017/09/25
Channel: James T Harris
Loyola Flyer Football 2016 with Brandon Harris LSU Tiger Quarterback
Loyola Flyer Football 2016 with Brandon Harris LSU Tiger Quarterback
Published: 2017/02/16
Channel: Justin James
Best Safety in College Football || Florida State Safety Derwin James Highlights ᴴᴰ
Best Safety in College Football || Florida State Safety Derwin James Highlights ᴴᴰ
Published: 2017/07/21
Channel: JustBombsProductions
2017 QB/RB/ATH Cam Akers 2016 season highlight REMIX
2017 QB/RB/ATH Cam Akers 2016 season highlight REMIX
Published: 2016/12/12
Channel: Prep1Force
QB Terrell Carter
QB Terrell Carter '17 : Madison High (San Diego, C
Published: 2015/11/21
Channel: utrhighlightvideos
REDBLACKS QB Trevor Harris post game
REDBLACKS QB Trevor Harris post game
Published: 2017/07/09
Channel: The Pre-Game with Ken Evraire
How is Giants rookie QB Davis Webb doing?
How is Giants rookie QB Davis Webb doing?
Published: 2017/06/16
Channel: NJ.com
QB Coach | James Coley | Mic
QB Coach | James Coley | Mic'd Up | Line Drill
Published: 2015/03/05
Channel: CanesAllAccess
Austin Johnson || "A QB Nightmare" || Penn State Highlights
Austin Johnson || "A QB Nightmare" || Penn State Highlights
Published: 2016/02/04
Channel: Harris Highlights
#56: Blake Bortles (QB, Jaguars) | Top 100 NFL Players of 2016
#56: Blake Bortles (QB, Jaguars) | Top 100 NFL Players of 2016
Published: 2016/06/02
Channel: NFL
QB Coach | James Coley | Mic
QB Coach | James Coley | Mic'd Up | Rapid Fire Drill
Published: 2015/03/05
Channel: CanesAllAccess
The Rosen One || UCLA Freshman QB Josh Rosen Highlights ᴴᴰ
The Rosen One || UCLA Freshman QB Josh Rosen Highlights ᴴᴰ
Published: 2015/12/28
Channel: JustBombsProductions
Gryphons At Argonauts Training Camp
Gryphons At Argonauts Training Camp
Published: 2016/05/31
Channel: GryphZONE
Virginia Tech Quarterback Battle | ACC Football Spring Spotlight
Virginia Tech Quarterback Battle | ACC Football Spring Spotlight
Published: 2017/05/10
Channel: ACC Digital Network
Post Game: QB James Franklin
Post Game: QB James Franklin
Published: 2015/08/29
Channel: Edmonton Eskimos
Kellen Mond - IMG Academy Quarterback - Highlights/Interview - Sports Stars of Tomorrow
Kellen Mond - IMG Academy Quarterback - Highlights/Interview - Sports Stars of Tomorrow
Published: 2016/10/10
Channel: GameDaySportsStars
Watch QB Woody Barrett run drills during Auburn Spring Practice
Watch QB Woody Barrett run drills during Auburn Spring Practice
Published: 2017/03/07
Channel: Auburn Tigers on AL.com
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James Harris
No. 12
Position: Quarterback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1947-07-20) July 20, 1947 (age 70)
Place of birth: Monroe, Louisiana
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight: 210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
College: Grambling State
NFL Draft: 1969 / Round: 8 / Pick: 192
Career history
As administrator:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Pass attempts: 1,149
Pass completions: 607
Percentage: 52.8
TDINT: 45–59
Passing Yards: 8,136
QB Rating: 67.3
Player stats at NFL.com

James Larnell "Shack" Harris (born July 20, 1947) is a former American football executive and former player. He also was a senior personnel executive for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League (NFL). He played as a quarterback in the American Football League (AFL) and the NFL with the Buffalo Bills, Los Angeles Rams, and San Diego Chargers. Harris is the inspiration for the song "Ramblin' Man From Gramblin'" composed by Sam Spence. His nickname Shack is short for Meshach which was given to him by his Baptist minister father.[1]

College football career[edit]

Harris played college football for the Grambling State University Tigers from 1965 to 1968. Under the guidance of head coach Eddie Robinson, Grambling won or shared all four Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) titles while Harris was a player and he was named MVP of the 1967 Orange Blossom Classic.

Professional football career[edit]

Buffalo Bills[edit]

Harris was drafted in the eighth round of the 1969 Common Draft by the American Football League's Buffalo Bills, and would soon join fellow rookie O.J. Simpson in the starting backfield. Continuing the American Football League's more liberal (than the NFL's) personnel policies,[citation needed] the Bills made Harris the first black player to start a season at quarterback in the history of pro football. Harris was also just the second black player in the modern era to start in any game as quarterback for a professional football team. Wide receiver Marlin Briscoe, of the AFL's Denver Broncos, had been the first to start a game at quarterback in 1968, and a few of Harris's completions in 1969 went to Briscoe, who, by that time, had been traded to the Bills and had been converted to the position of receiver. After three years with the Bills, Harris was released by the team and signed by the Los Angeles Rams in 1972.

Los Angeles Rams[edit]

In 1973, Harris was the understudy to veteran John Hadl as the Rams went 12-2 and returned to the playoffs for the first time since 1969 . As the 1974 season began, the Rams offense sputtered under Hadl and the team stood at 3-2 after five games. In an effort to spark the Los Angeles offense, Rams head coach Chuck Knox promoted Harris as the starting quarterback. In his starting debut for the Rams against the San Francisco 49ers, Harris completed 12 of 15 passes for 276 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for another as the Rams won easily, 37-14, at the Los Angeles Coliseum. Two days later, Hadl was then traded to Green Bay, and Harris became the Rams' first-string quarterback for the remainder of the 1974 season. The football world was stunned by the bold move. However, Harris came through by leading the team to seven wins in its last nine regular season games. He led the team to its second straight NFC Western Division title, and their first playoff victory (19-10 over the Washington Redskins) since 1951. Harris thus became the first African-American quarterback to start and win an NFL playoff game. The Rams lost the NFC Championship Game to the Minnesota Vikings 14-10, as the Vikings were aided by some controversial officiating.[citation needed] Harris was named to the NFC Pro Bowl team in 1974 and was awarded MVP of that game.

The strong-armed Harris was somewhat stymied by Ram coach Knox's conservative, "run-first" offensive philosophy,[citation needed] but still helped lead the team to another division title in 1975. However, he injured his shoulder very early in the Rams' Week 13 win over the Green Bay Packers; backup Ron Jaworski then led the Rams to wins against Green Bay and the Super Bowl Champion Pittsburgh Steelers, as well as to a 35-23 win over the St. Louis Cardinals in the divisional playoff game. Stating that a "player cannot lose his starting job due to injury",[citation needed] Knox named Harris the starter for the NFC Championship games vs. Dallas, as he appeared to be recovered from his injury. Harris' first pass was intercepted, and after one more incompletion and a Dallas 21-0 first quarter lead, he was pulled in favor of Jaworski. It didn't matter as Dallas went on to a 37-7 win.

Harris' injuries continued to give him problems in the 1976 season. The Rams went with three quarterbacks; Harris, Jaworski, and rookie Pat Haden from USC. With Harris injured, Jaworski opened the season as the starter and was injured in the opener. Haden led the team to a comeback tie against the Minnesota Vikings in the second game. Harris, with his throwing shoulder mended, reclaimed his starting job and led the team to two wins, including a 436-yard passing performance against the Miami Dolphins. However, in the next game, on Monday night at home against the San Francisco 49ers, Harris was sacked 10 times and re-injured his shoulder as the Rams were shut out 16-0 at home for the first time since moving to Los Angeles. The Jaworski/Haden platoon led the team to two more wins, then Harris returned again for a win over the then-first-year Seattle Seahawks and a loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. Against the Bengals, however, Harris played poorly, and Knox was forced by Rams owner Carroll Rosenbloom to go with Haden as the starter for the rest of the season. The Rams won three out of four and the NFC West division title in spite of the change. Knox was forced to go with Haden in the 1976 playoffs, even though Harris was healthy enough to see action late in the season, including a season-ending comeback win over the Detroit Lions. However, Knox had to restrict the Ram offense to compensate for Haden's inadequacies ( Haden was 5-10 and could barely throw the ball fifty yards downfield). The Minnesota Vikings took full advantage of this in the NFC title game and easily beat the Rams 24-13 to advance to Super Bowl XI. Ironically, despite his benching, Harris finished the season as the NFC's top-rated passer. It was the first time a black quarterback ever led his conference in that category.

San Diego Chargers[edit]

Harris was traded to the San Diego Chargers prior to the 1977 season. The experience with the Rams hurt him. "I lost my passion," he said in the book Third and a Mile. "Coach Knox was supportive but the owner (Rosenbloom) was going over his head.

"As a quarterback, I had done all I could, more than most people could, but it still wasn't enough for the Los Angeles Rams organization to accept me as a quarterback, not a black quarterback," he commented. The Rams acquired the aging Joe Namath (who eventually played only four games for the team) and went with the limited Haden again and once again were eliminated by the Vikings at the Los Angeles Coliseum in December 1977 as Haden's hands were too small to grip the football in the rain of that soggy afternoon. When he left the Rams, Harris had the highest career completion average of any quarterback in team history (55.4%) and had been an integral part of three straight NFC West Champions.

Harris was understandably jolted by the trade from a perennial playoff team to a team in rebuilding mode.[citation needed] He had lost his first-string position with the Rams and he was traded to a team that already had a young first-string quarterback in Dan Fouts around whom they were building. Harris played in San Diego for three years, starting a total of 11 games, primarily when Fouts was a contract holdout in 1977, or was [2] injured.

Front office career[edit]

Harris served as the Baltimore Ravens pro personnel director from 1997 to 2003.[3] He served as the vice president for player personnel for the Jacksonville Jaguars. He resigned on December 23, 2008.[4] He also served on the NFL subcommittee on college relations.

On February 2, 2009, the Detroit Free Press reported that the Detroit Lions were set to hire Harris as a personnel executive.[5] On February 12, 2009, the Detroit Lions officially named Harris as Senior Personnel Executive. Lions General Manager Martin Mayhew has a long history with Harris, and indicated he was the only individual who was offered the job. Harris assisted in all areas of player personnel in an advisory role. He is no longer employed by the NFL. He officially "retired from the NFL" on February 27, 2015.[6]

Honors[edit]

Harris has been inducted into the Southwestern Athletic Conference Hall of Fame, the Grambling Athletic Hall of Fame, the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and the Black College Football Hall of Fame.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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