Eric Harris
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Personal information
Date of birth: (1955-08-11)August 11, 1955
Place of birth: Memphis, Tennessee
Date of death: February 19, 2012(2012-02-19) (aged 56)
Place of death: Little Rock, Arkansas
Career information
College: Memphis
NFL Draft: 1977 / Round: 4 / Pick: 104
Debuted in 1977 for the [[{{{debutteam}}}]]
Last played in 1985 for the [[{{{finalteam}}}]]
Career history
Career highlights and awards
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NFL INTs-Touchdowns     21-1
NFL Sacks     0.5
NFL Fumble recoveries     4
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Eric Wayne "Coochie" Harris (August 11, 1955 – February 19, 2012) in Memphis, Tennessee) was a gridiron football defensive back. Drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in 1977, Harris was convinced to play Canadian football in the Canadian Football League by Leo Cahill.[1] He played for the Toronto Argonauts from 1977 to 1979. He then played American football for six seasons in the National Football League for the Kansas City Chiefs (1980–1982) and the Los Angeles Rams (1983–1985).

On February 27, 1981, The Committee of 101's 12th Annual salute to professional football presented Eric with the Mack Lee Hill Award.

Eric Harris wasted no time making an imprint on both his team and the National Football League. "We had a super secondary," said Marv Levy, “but it wouldn’t have been super without Eric.” The former Canadian Football League all-star was second on the Chiefs with seven interceptions. He had a string of six consecutive games, Oct. 19 through Nov. 23, in which he intercepted a pass per game. Harris was drafted on the fourth round by the Chiefs in 1977, but played three years with Toronto of the CFL before coming to Kansas City. He became a starter at right cornerback the third week of regular season. His seven interceptions represented a quarter of the Chiefs 28 total. Harris also accounted for 50 tackles on the season, 41 unassisted.[2]

Harris died on February 19, 2012, following a heart attack at his home in Little Rock, Arkansas.[3]


  1. "Leo Cahill". Argo Heroes. Retrieved 2008-10-02.[dead link]
  2. Program for “The Committee of 101 presents Kansas City’s 12th Annual Salute to Professional Football. Century ballroom, Crown Center Hotel, February 27, 1981.
  3. Former University of Memphis Tiger star defender Harris dies, February 23, 2012

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