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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 Harris QB - Senior Season 2015
James Harris QB - Senior Season 2015
Published: 2015/11/23
Channel: Jamie Harris
"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: Football
James Harris: Football's Jackie Robinson
Published: 2013/05/29
Channel: Simon & Schuster Books
James Harris / Cal U / QB / 6
James Harris / Cal U / QB / 6'2 215
Published: 2016/06/14
Channel: James Harris
James "Shack" Harris GLSHOF 2011 Class
James "Shack" Harris GLSHOF 2011 Class
Published: 2015/07/09
Channel: RayHigginsTV
James Harris QB Class of 2010 - Woodstock, Ga.
James Harris QB Class of 2010 - Woodstock, Ga.
Published: 2009/02/11
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Football Gameplan
Football Gameplan's 2016 NFL Regional Combine Interview: James Harris, Cal (PA)
Published: 2016/02/29
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C/ O 2018:#27:James Harris II:RB/LB: Faith Academy: Jr Year Football highlights
C/ O 2018:#27:James Harris II:RB/LB: Faith Academy: Jr Year Football highlights
Published: 2017/03/11
Channel: A football Life Videos
Cam Newton
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Published: 2016/09/05
Channel: James Harris
Passing with the GC QUARTERBACK
Passing with the GC QUARTERBACK
Published: 2013/07/18
Channel: James harris
Jack Youngblood Sacks and Tackles for losses!
Jack Youngblood Sacks and Tackles for losses!
Published: 2017/01/18
Channel: Overlook Productions Inc. Mark Fauser
1974 playoff game Redskins Rams
1974 playoff game Redskins Rams
Published: 2016/10/15
Channel: Newton Minnow
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
James Harris QB Junior Year 2014
James Harris QB Junior Year 2014
Published: 2015/11/23
Channel: Jamie Harris
James Harris Class of 2013 ATH - S.A. Brackenridge
James Harris Class of 2013 ATH - S.A. Brackenridge
Published: 2013/02/03
Channel: TexasPreps
James Harris Cal U QB
James Harris Cal U QB
Published: 2016/06/16
Channel: Jamie Harris
James Harris Cal U QB v2
James Harris Cal U QB v2
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
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BBC News   James Harris  Quarterback who helped black players break through
BBC News James Harris Quarterback who helped black players break through
Published: 2013/11/22
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2001 AFC Divisional Round: Raiders vs. Patriots | "Tuck Rule Game" | NFL Full Game
2001 AFC Divisional Round: Raiders vs. Patriots | "Tuck Rule Game" | NFL Full Game
Published: 2017/01/11
Channel: NFL
James Harrison "Most Feared" Career Highlights (HD)
James Harrison "Most Feared" Career Highlights (HD)
Published: 2016/05/21
Channel: BeastModeHighlights
The Journey 2020 2 26 17    NFL  James Harris
The Journey 2020 2 26 17 NFL James Harris
Published: 2017/03/02
Channel: The Journey
James Harris Jr. 2014-2015 Highlights
James Harris Jr. 2014-2015 Highlights
Published: 2015/11/29
Channel: James Harris Jr.
TexasPreps - James Harris Senior Highlights
TexasPreps - James Harris Senior Highlights
Published: 2012/12/15
Channel: Cooley02
Bills QB Draft History
Bills QB Draft History
Published: 2010/05/09
Channel: AVSEAL2012
James Harrison Sacks Browns Fan
James Harrison Sacks Browns Fan
Published: 2007/06/21
Channel: PittsburghWillie
James Harris (Football Recruiting Video)
James Harris (Football Recruiting Video)
Published: 2010/10/27
Channel: NCSAfootball
Jack Lambert
Jack Lambert's Hardest Hits
Published: 2012/05/02
Channel: TheAlecman123
Training Day - Alonzo - Best Scene
Training Day - Alonzo - Best Scene
Published: 2009/11/06
Channel: James7Jamesxxx
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
2014 PSAC Media Day
2014 PSAC Media Day
Published: 2014/08/13
Channel: VulcanVision
Jim McMahon body slammed by Charles Martin Bears Packers 1986 .flv
Jim McMahon body slammed by Charles Martin Bears Packers 1986 .flv
Published: 2013/01/21
Channel: Zhi Bin
James Harris TD Catch
James Harris TD Catch
Published: 2008/03/08
Channel: rade72
Marcus Mariota on Nutrition
Marcus Mariota on Nutrition
Published: 2013/07/28
Channel: Steve Summers
A Blind and Deaf Teen Who
A Blind and Deaf Teen Who's Defying the Odds
Published: 2016/10/24
Channel: TheEllenShow
James Harris takes 9-34 for Middlesex v Durham at Lord
James Harris takes 9-34 for Middlesex v Durham at Lord's
Published: 2015/05/05
Channel: England & Wales Cricket Board
Christian McCaffrey || Unstoppable || 2015-2016 Highlights HD
Christian McCaffrey || Unstoppable || 2015-2016 Highlights HD
Published: 2016/01/06
Channel: Summers Productions
1975 NFL Game Of The Week • Cowboys vs Rams
1975 NFL Game Of The Week • Cowboys vs Rams
Published: 2016/02/23
Channel: Randy Fast
Kyle Scott. Qb. Las Vegas, NV. Chaparral High School.
Kyle Scott. Qb. Las Vegas, NV. Chaparral High School.
Published: 2011/07/25
Channel: KyleBScott
James Harris Channel Trailer
James Harris Channel Trailer
Published: 2015/08/26
Channel: Junkyard Fox
James "Shack" Harris & Doug Williams 7th Annual Celebrity Golf Tournament
James "Shack" Harris & Doug Williams 7th Annual Celebrity Golf Tournament
Published: 2012/06/08
Channel: RayHigginsTV
Grambling Alum James Harris Speaks About Importance Of Black College Football Hall of Fame
Grambling Alum James Harris Speaks About Importance Of Black College Football Hall of Fame
Published: 2016/08/06
Channel: Jersey Girl Sports
James Harris Interview
James Harris Interview
Published: 2014/06/20
Channel: ChiStepperTV
RB JAMES HARRIS FOOTBALL COMBINE CHALLENGE .COM NFL COMBINE TESTING .wmv
RB JAMES HARRIS FOOTBALL COMBINE CHALLENGE .COM NFL COMBINE TESTING .wmv
Published: 2012/03/12
Channel: FBCOMBINECHALLENGE
Flag Football Killswitch Dallas Tournament
Flag Football Killswitch Dallas Tournament
Published: 2008/04/17
Channel: jutorres88
1990 Stilwell Indians at Pocola Indians Football
1990 Stilwell Indians at Pocola Indians Football
Published: 2015/12/29
Channel: Stilwell Indians Sports Videos
1991 Stilwell Indians at Idabel Warriors Football
1991 Stilwell Indians at Idabel Warriors Football
Published: 2016/01/05
Channel: Stilwell Indians Sports Videos
1990 Wagoner Bulldogs at Stilwell Indians Football
1990 Wagoner Bulldogs at Stilwell Indians Football
Published: 2015/12/29
Channel: Stilwell Indians Sports Videos
1990 Stilwell Indians at Grove Ridgerunners Football
1990 Stilwell Indians at Grove Ridgerunners Football
Published: 2015/12/29
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James Harris
No. 12
Position: Quarterback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1947-07-20) July 20, 1947 (age 69)
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 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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