Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

Major Harris

Major Harris


  • Position: Quarterback
  • School: West Virginia
  • High School: Brasher HS (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • Years: 1987,-1989
  • Inducted: 2009
  • Place of Birth: Spartanburg, SC
  • Date of Birth: Feb 15, 1968
  • Jersey Number: 9
  • Height: 6-1
  • Weight: 205

Member Biography

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 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. During his junior campaign, Harris 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 and finished third in Heisman voting. Drafted by the Los Angeles Raiders in the 1990, Harris spent several seasons playing in the Canadian Football League, Arena Football League and other semi-pro leagues.