Black History Salute... James "Shack" Harris


February 2, 2023

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James "Shack" Harris and his big sister Lucille Richards ,who made "Shack's" career possible by the stroke of the pen which propelled one of the most historic moments in her brother's life.

James "Shack" Harris was the first Black Quarterback to start in an NFL (National Football League), with a playing career from 1969 to 1981. Harris originally began his front office career in 1987 when he joined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a scout, a position he would hold for six years (1987-92). He then moved on to the New York Jets and served as the team's assistant general manager from 1993-96. In 1997, Harris was named the director of pro personnel for the Baltimore Ravens. He was a member of the Ravens' player personnel department from 1997-2002, and he earned a Super Bowl ring with t...

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