Richard Harris, a defensive lineman who started 24 games for the Seahawks in their infancy seasons of 1976-77, died today of a heart attack. He was 63.
Harris was the defensive line coach for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the CFL, and had held the same position with the B.C. Lions from 2001-04.
A fifth-round draft choice by the Eagles in 1971, Harris was an all-rookie selection in the first of his three seasons in Philadelphia. He played the 1974-75 seasons with the Chicago Bears before joining the Seahawks in 1976. He started eight games at right tackle that first season and 14 at left end in 1977.
Harris is survived by his wife, Tami; their four children and three grandchildren.
He suffered the heart attack at the Blue Bombers’ complex and was taken to the hospital in an ambulance.
“This has struck our entire organization from the top down,” club president Jim Bell said in a release. “We are all in a state of shock and first and foremost would like to express our deepest sympathies to his family. The Winnipeg Football Club has lost not only a great coach, but an even better man.”
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