As the NFL is wrapping up its 100th season, the Pro Football Hall of Fame has been walking around handing out memberships to a few select people as inductees to the Hall’s Centennial Class that that will be celebrated this summer. As a result of how the Centennial Class is structured, it will be larger than usual in an effort to get in players that have faced troubles making it in years past.
During halftime of the final game of Divisional Round weekend the world was treated to seeing former Cowboys head coach Jimmy Johnson find out that he was in live on air. The moment was incredibly special. On Wednesday morning, the Hall filled out their final Centennial members and slowly announced name by name. There is another member of the Dallas Cowboys headed to Canton, Ohio... Congratulations to Cliff Harris!
Captain Crash was part of the Dallas Cowboys for the 1970s (literally... he played 1970 through 1979). He is a member of the 1970s All-Decade Team, six-time Pro Bowler, and three-time First-Team All-Pro. Oh and no big deal, he is also a two-time Super Bowl Champion.
Harris has long deserved to get into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, but with time continuing to move on, more and more players became eligible and pushed him down the list. Thankfully the Hall has finally given him what has long been his due.
On a bit of a somber note, as the Centennial Class is official, it is now official that a former Cowboys receiver, and Harris’ teammate, Drew Pearson, was not part of it. The Original 88 will have to continue his wait to hopefully someday get a bronze bust and gold jacket.
Congratulations to Cliff Harris!
Update: 10:15am ET
NBC5’s Paul Jones has been documenting Mr. Harris’ journey to Canton for all of this past season. Here is a video with his reaction to making the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Update: 10:42am ET
Here is Pro Football Hall of Fame President David Baker calling Cliff Harris to give him the news.