Friday, June 10, 2016

1977 Profile: Dwight Harrison

No. 28
Texas A & I
"Buffalo's elevator man- up one week, down the next. Harrison has tremendous potential, but doesn't get what he should from his ability. The fastest Bill, the ran the 100 in 9.5 in college. Teammates call him 'Ripper.'
A slow healer, Harrison is subject to nagging injuries. The Bills are still hoping to solve the puzzle of how to get him to play consistently. The second leading interceptor in the league two years ago with eight, he had just one last year but knocked down 17 passes.
Born in Beaumont, Texas, Harrison doubled as defensive back and receiver at Texas A&I. The Broncos made him their second round draft pick and played him at wide receiver. He was traded to Buffalo for Haven Moses early in his second season.
An outdoorsman, Harrison plays the clarinet and the piano."

-Rich Kucner, The Complete Handbook of Pro Football, 1977 Edition

"Dwight started 12 games last year, missing two with a leg injury. He had an interception, increasing his career total with the Bills to 15 and placing him in a tie for seventh place on the all-time Buffalo list. Dwight was credited with 17 passes defensed and 29 tackles last year.
He led the Bills in interceptions in 1975 with eight, the second best total in the AFC. Harrison has played cornerback for four years after being shifted from wide receiver at the beginning of the 1973 season. He tied a Bills record with interceptions in four straight games in 1975.
Dwight led the Bills in interceptions in 1973 with five. He had a 31-yard return of a Marty Domres pass against the Colts that year that gave Buffalo a 24-17 victory in the final minute. The longest interception return of his career was a 40-yarder against the Patriots in '75. Dwight came from Denver in exchange for Haven Moses in October 1972 after being a second round draft choice of the Broncos in 1971.
He was a standout defensive back and receiver at Texas A & I, 'Flanker of the Decade' in the Lone Star conference, All-Conference and a Kodak All-America selection. Harrison played in the Oil Bowl game and was Texas A & I's most valuable player. A cornerstone of the track squad, he once turned in a 9.5 for the 100-yard dash, a 6-8 high jump and a 24-10 long jump.
Business management was his college major, and forestry and conservation are his career interests. Dwight plays both the clarinet and piano and hunting and fishing are his hobbies."

-Buffalo Bills 1977 Press-Radio-TV Yearbook

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