Jimmy Harris (defensive back)
|No. 20, 44, 40|
November 12, 1934|
|Died:||August 9, 2011
|Height:||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Weight:||178 lb (81 kg)|
|High school:||Terrell (TX)|
|NFL Draft:||1957 / Round: 5 / Pick: 50|
|Career NFL statistics|
|Player stats at PFR|
James Bedford Harris (November 12, 1934 – August 9, 2011) was an American football defensive back in the National Football League (NFL) for the Philadelphia Eagles, Los Angeles Rams, and Dallas Cowboys. He also played in the American Football League (AFL) for the Dallas Texans. He played college football at the University of Oklahoma.
Harris, who was born in Terrell, Texas and attended Terrell High School. Although he originally committed to Texas A&M University, to play for head coach Bear Bryant, head coach Bud Wilkinson convinced him to come to the University of Oklahoma, after getting him a job as a roughneck in the Oklahoma oil fields.
Harris went undefeated after becoming quarterback during the 1954 season, after starter Gene Calame suffered a right collar bone injury. He also was undefeated during the 1955 and 1956 seasons, leading the Sooners to national championships in both years.
He won all of his 25 starts, finishing with 39 completions out of 80 attempts for 745 yards, 10 passing touchdowns, 254 rushing attempts for 1,237 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Harris was selected by the Philadelphia Eagles in the fifth round (50th overall) of the 1957 NFL Draft. As a rookie, he was converted into a defensive back. On May 26, 1958, he was traded along with offensive tackle Buck Lansford and a number one draft choice (#2-Dick Bass), to the Los Angeles Rams in exchange for quarterback Norm Van Brocklin.
Los Angeles Rams
On April 14, 1960, he was signed as a free agent by the Dallas Texans of the American Football League, after spending the previous year coaching at the University of Oklahoma. He was temporarily blocked from joining the Texans until the court settled a suit filed by the Dallas Cowboys, to prevent him from playing for any other team. He appeared in 14 games and was mostly a backup player.
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