Cliff Harris

#43 Cliff Harris

Dallas Cowboys Safety 1970-1979

Cowboys Legend Cliff Harris’  Bio

Date of birth: November 12, 1948
Birth Place: Fayetteville, Arkansas
College: Ouachita Baptist
NFL Draft 1970  Undrafted

Dallas Cowboys Cliff “Captain Crash” Harris’ Career Highlights

  • 6 time Pro Bowl 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979
  • 7 division titles
  • 4 time All-Pro
  • 5 All-NFC honors
  • 5 Super Bowl appearances
  • 2 Super Bowl championships

More info from DCA on Ring of Honor inductee Cliff Harris:

Cliff Harris, undrafted following a solid football career at Ouachita Baptist University , Arkadelphia , Arkansas , proved to be yet another of the Dallas Cowboys small school finds. Harris, a safety, joined the Cowboys camp in 1970 where he was met by a star-studded defensive backfield.

Nicknamed “Captain Crash” for his jarring hits, Harris would go on to have a standout 10-year career with the Cowboys that included six Pro Bowl selections, two Super Bowl titles, and a member of the NFL’s all-decade team for the 1970’s. The Cowboys defense, with Harris in defensive backfield, ranked in the top 10 in the league each of his 10 seasons, including leading the league in 1977.

Harris was at his best in the postseason. During his career, he participated in five Super Bowls making him one of only 13 players in NFL history to have played in five Super Bowls. Only one other player in NFL history has appeared in more Super Bowls.

As a result of his stellar career, Cliff Harris was inducted in the Ring of Honor in 2004.

Cliff Harris’ Cowboys Career Stats

Interceptions

Year No. Yds Avg Ln TD
1970 2 66 33.0 60 0
1971 2 0 0.0 0 0
1972 3 40 13.3 23 0
1973 2 9 4.5 5 0
1974 3 8 2.7 8 0
1975 3 58 19.3 27 1
1976 3 34 10.7 29 0
1977 5 7 1.4 7 0
1978 4 26 6.5 23 0
1979 2 35 17.5 20 0
Totals 29 281 9.7 60 1
Kickoff Returns

Year No. Yds Avg Long TD
1970 1 22 22.0 22 0
1971 29 823 28.4 77 0
1972 26 615 23.7 44 0
1973 6 148 24.7 33 0
1974 1 14 14.0 14 0
Totals 63 1622 25.7 77 0
Punt Returns

Year No. FC Yds Avg Long TD
1971 17 8 129 7.6 35 0
1972 19 16 78 4.1 21 0
1973 3 3 20 6.7 12 0
1974 26 2 193 7.4 19 0
1977 1 0 -2 -2.0 -2 0
Totals 66 29 418 6.3 35 0

Cliff Harris and teammate Charlie Waters wrote a book about their Cowboy memories called “Tales From the Dallas Cowboys.”

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