Charleston, W.Va– Let’s turn the clock back to 1988, WVU is taking on the mighty Nittany Lions of Penn State. The play clock is winding down and Harris forgets the play call. Major runs up to the line, gets the ball, and runs in an entirely different direction than his teammates, including his offensive line.
No problem, Harris jukes out seven tacklers on his way to the end zone. The Mountaineers go on to win 51-30 giving the invincible coach Paterno migraines and one of the worst beatings of his career. Mountaineer fans will forever tab that moment as “The Play.”
When younger Mountaineer fans are asked who was the greatest WVU quarterback of all time, many choose Pat White, as most are not old enough to remember the greatness of Major Harris. Yes, I get it, there is YouTube but Major played like no other quarterback of that era. He was a threat with his feet and arm and he was the ultimate nightmare for the opposition.
During his sophomore year, Major Harris guided the Mountaineers to the school’s first ever undefeated season. Harris and the Mountaineers played for the National Championship that year, which was also the last time the Mountaineers ever reached the title game. In his junior year, Harris set school records for total offense and quarterback rushing yards.
Harris still ranks 5th all time in school history for total yards and among a small list of quarterbacks in Division 1 history to throw for over 5,000 yards and rush for 2,000 yards in their collegiate career. Harris was selected into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2010 and WVU Sports Hall of Fame in 1999. So what is the Major up to now?
“Golfing, that is my main thing. Golfing and getting ready for fantasy football,” Harris said. So, how good is the Major at golf these days?
“You know I’m getting better,” he said. At one time I was just happy to hit the green, now I’m trying to hit the green to where I have a legitimate birdie putt,” Harris adds.
Major Harris also enjoys playing fantasy basketball and is keeping up with the NBA Finals. Harris told me that he thinks the Cavs will win the NBA title. So, why not a little friendly wager, if the Cavs lose, Major has agreed to do twenty push ups.
“Yeah, I’m with you on that,” Harris said.
We will see in the next couple of days if the Major will do some push ups, but for now, Harris will be on his way to Sports Fanz in Teays Valley this Saturday where he will be signing autographs for free from 2:00 pm until 4:00 pm. What better way to spend your Father’s Day Weekend than meeting one of the greatest Mountaineers of all time?
Listen to the entire interview below and listen to The Brandon Lowe show weekday evenings at 5 on AM 950 WBES Charleston.