Harris played college football for the Grambling State University Tigers from 1965 to 1968. Under the guidance of head coach Eddie Robinson, Grambling won or shared all four Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) titles while Harris was a player and he was named MVP of the 1967 Orange Blossom Classic.
After being drafted in 1969 the Bills made Harris the first black player to start a season at quarterback in the history of pro football. After three years with the Bills, Harris was released by the team and signed by the Los Angeles Rams in 1972.
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