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|Date of birth:||December 23, 1970|
|Place of birth:||Lorain, Ohio|
|Height:||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight:||230 lb (104 kg)|
|High school:||Lorain (OH) Admiral King|
|NFL draft:||1994 / Round: 4 / Pick: 114|
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Raymont LaShawn Harris (born December 23, 1970) is a former American football running back. He played college football at Ohio State University. Harris played professionally for six seasons in the National Football League (NFL) between 1994 and 2000 with the Chicago Bears, the Green Bay Packers, the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots. He was nicknamed the "Ultraback" because of his versatility.
Harris attended Ohio State University, where he set the school record for most rushing yards in a bowl game (235) and finished his career at Ohio State as the school's sixth-leading rusher of all time. He is currently the eight-leading rusher in the school's history. Harris finished his career with 2,649 yards rushing, and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications.
Harris was selected in the fourth round of the 1994 NFL Draft with the 114th overall pick by the Chicago Bears. He subsequently became the starting fullback for the Bears after Merril Hoge suffered a career-ending injury. Harris became an integral part of the 1994 Chicago Bears playoff team. He went on to lead the Bears in rushing for the 1996 NFL season. His career best season came in 1997 where he had a career high of 276 rushing carries for 1,033 rushing yards. He also finished tied for sixth in the NFL with ten rushing touchdowns.
Harris left the Bears after the 1997 season. The rest of his career was plagued by injuries, causing him to miss the 1999 season. He spent the final two years of his career with three different teams. He retired in 2001 with 2,509 career rushing yards, 114 receptions for 739 yards, and 17 touchdowns.
Life after football
Harris joined The Ohio State University Department of Athletics in March 2010 as Director of Development. He is responsible for major gifts for all athletic priorities, including endowments and capital projects.
Before coming to the Department of Athletics, Harris served as Assistant Director of Development for the Fisher College of Business. In his time at Fisher, Harris oversaw their annual fund, managed the Fisher share holders, and worked to develop the Fisher Commons. Raymont currently resides in New Albany, where he lives with his wife, Leslie, and his three children Shakia, Elijah, and Olivia.
- Mayer, Larry (2013-06-23). "Raymont Harris back working for Ohio State Athletics". Chicago Bears. Retrieved 2013-06-24.