Former Dallas Cowboy Cliff Harris is inside. Former Dallas Cowboy Drew Pearson remains on the outside looking in.
That’s in relation to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, the holy land of all things NFL.
Harris, once a hard-hitting safety for the Cowboys, is in as a member of the special centennial class that will be enshrined next summer in celebration of the NFL’s 100th birthday. He is part of a 20-member class that includes Jimmy Johnson, who coached the Cowboys to consecutive Super Bowl victories to cap the 1992 and 1993 seasons.
Harris played for the Cowboys from 1970 to 1979. He played on two Super Bowl champion teams and was selected as a first team All-Pro four times (1975-1978). An undrafted free agent who signed in 1970 out of Arkansas’ Ouachita Baptist University, he was a member of the NFL’s prestigious 1970s All-Decade team. He was nicknamed “Captain Crash” by fellow Cowboys for his apparent recklessness in getting his job done. He instilled fear in any opponent with his hands on the football who came into his crosshairs.
Harris is the 19th Hall member with distinctly Cowboys roots. But the story of the day in Dallas was the popular Pearson, who might have been No. 20 but was denied once more.