Category Archives: Jim Harris
A little more than a month ago, I wrote a post titled, “Where is he now? The New York Jets’ Jim Harris.” I wrote a bit about Harris’s career with the Jets, and also how I had hoped to interview him for this blog. As well, Jim Harris was the last living member of the 1967 Topps football card set that I hoped to sign a card for me, and I had not been able to locate him.
Most days I write articles that I hope will entertain and educate readers about something to do with the old AFL. Today’s story has a bit of a twist to it because I am hoping that someone in our AFL community can help educate me a bit…
Jim Harris was a 6’4″, 275-pound defensive tackle out of Utah State University. Harris was selected by the New York Jets with their seventh-round pick in the 1965 AFL Draft. He made an immediate impact on the field, finding playing time in all 14 games his rookie season, a feat that he replicated in 1966 & 1967. Unfortunately, quarterback sack and tackle statistics were not kept in the 1960s, so it is difficult to definitively report on Harris’s value to the team, but the back of his 1967 Topps football card states, “Jim certainly didn’t suffer from any sophomore jinx in ’66 as he continued as a top defensive tackle. The big man is fast, smart and strong. Nicknamed ‘Diamond Jim’ by his teammates, the defensive tackle works for The Police Athletic League in the off-season.”