Wayne Harris

Wayne Harris

NFL player

DateOfBirth=birth date and age|1938|5|4
Birthplace=flagicon|United States Hampton, Arkansas, USA
CFLAllStar=1962, 1964-1968, 1970-1971
MVP, 1971 Grey Cup
teams=Calgary Stampeders

Carroll Wayne Harris (born May 4, 1938 in Hampton, Arkansas) is a retired American professional football player who was a linebacker for the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League from 1961 through 1972.

Harris was a high school all-American who played collegiately for University of Arkansas from 1957 to 1960. In 1960, he was selected as the outstanding player in the Southwest Conference and played in the Cotton Bowl and the All-American Bowl. He was nicknamed, "Thumper."

Harris was drafted by the Boston Patriots of the American Football League, but went to play in Canada instead. In the CFL, he was named all-Western Conference 11 times and all-Canadian nine times, appearing in three Grey Cup finals. He was named Most Valuable Player of the 1971 Grey Cup, won by the Stampeders. His jersey #55 was retired by the Stampeders in 1973.

Harris was named to Arkansas' all-century team for the 20th century and has been inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame, the College Football Hall of Fame (2004), the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame and the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame. In November, 2006, Harris was voted 9th among the CFL's Top 50 players of the league's modern era by Canadian sports network The Sports Network/TSN.

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