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Major Harris


Major Claybourne Harris

Inducted 2009

Date of Birth



Spartanburg, SC


West Virginia University (1987-1989)


A three-year starter at quarterback, Major Harris became the first player in NCAA history to rush for more than 2,000 and pass for more than 5,000 yards in a career. As a freshman, Harris led the Mountaineers to the 1987 Sun Bowl. The following season, the quarterback led West Virginia to an undefeated regular season and a match-up versus Notre Dame for the national championship in the 1988 Fiesta Bowl. He accounted for 20 touchdowns that season while earning ECAC Player of the Year honors and finishing fifth in Heisman Trophy voting as a third-team All-America. During his junior campaign, Harris placed third in the vote, threw for 17 touchdowns and ran for six while setting school records for most total offense and quarterback rushing yards. He was voted a first- team All-America, named the ECAC Player of the Year. Drafted by the Los Angeles Raiders in the 1990, Harris spent several seasons playing in the Canadian Football League, Arena Football League. In 1989 he was inducted into the West Virginia Sports Hall of Fame.


Height 6'1

Weight 205

Career Highlights

  • 1989 First team All-America
  • 1989 Heisman - Third
  • 1988 Heisman - Fifth
  • 1988 Third Team All-America
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