Richard Harris (American football)

Richard Harris
Born: (1948-01-21)January 21, 1948
Shreveport, Louisiana, USA
Died: July 26, 2011(2011-07-26) (aged 63)
Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN
Career information
Position(s) DE
Height 6 ft 5 in (196 cm)
Weight 260 lb (120 kg)
College Grambling State
NFL draft 1971 / Round: 1 / Pick: 5
Drafted by Philadelphia Eagles
Career history
As coach
1989 Eastside Express (HC)
1991–1996 Puget Sound Jets (HC)
2000 Portland Prowlers (HC)
20012004 BC Lions (DL coach)
2005 Ottawa Renegades (DL coach)
20062010 Winnipeg Blue Bombers (DL coach)
2011 Winnipeg Blue Bombers (Asst. HC/DL coach)
As player
1971–1973 Philadelphia Eagles
1974–1975 Chicago Bears
1976–1977 Seattle Seahawks
Honors All-American (1970)
All-Rookie (1971)

Richard Drew Harris (January 21, 1948 – July 26, 2011) was an American football defensive end who played seven seasons in the National Football League. He was and All-American in 1970 for Grambling and was drafted in the first round (5th overall pick) of the 1971 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles. He was named All-Rookie in 1971, playing defensive end. Harris spent seven seasons as a defensive end in the NFL, the first three with the Philadelphia Eagles, the next two with the Chicago Bears and the final two with the Seattle Seahawks.

Harris joined the coaching staff of the Canadian Football League's Winnipeg Blue Bombers in 2006 after spending time with both the BC Lions and Ottawa Renegades.[1] On July 26, 2011, Harris suffered a fatal heart attack in his office at Canad Inns Stadium.[2] Despite their coach's death, the Blue Bombers continued with their scheduled home game against the Lions two days later, winning 25-20. Prior to the game, both teams and the fans participated in an emotional tribute to Harris.[3][4]


  1. ^ Winnipeg Blue Bombers - Richard Harris
  2. ^ "Bombers defensive line coach Harris dies after collapse". The Sports Network. Retrieved 26 July 2011.
  3. ^ "One for Coach: Bombers take down Lions". 31 July 2013.
  4. ^ "Brown remembers coach, friend he had in Harris". Winnipeg Sun. 27 July 2011.