James Harris (quarterback)

James Harris (Quarterback)

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James Larnell "Shack" Harris (born July 20, 1947 in Monroe, Louisiana) is a senior personnel executive for the Detroit Lions. He is also a former collegiate and Professional Football quarterback, and a former vice president for player personnel of the Jacksonville Jaguars.

College football career

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

Buffalo Bills

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, the Bills made Harris the first black player to start a season at quarterback and 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 returned to his original position as a receiver. After three years with the Bills, Harris was released by the team and signed by the Los......
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