Donnie Harris was born on February 8, 1954 destined to be a New Jersey legend. As a child Donnie loved to play all sports, particularly football and baseball. Attending Thomas Jefferson High School he specialized in both but he really excelled in football. He graduated from High School in 1972 and then attended Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin. After one year Donnie moved back to New Jersey and attended Rutgers University.
In 1977 the Rutgers Scarlet Knights were 11 and 0 ranked among the best defensive team in their division; Donnie played Defensive Back. This was one of the best years in Donnie’s life, he graduated from college and was drafted by the NFL’s Washington Redskins were he was noted for special teams excellence and his nickel back performances. In Washington he was coached by legends like George Allen, Jack Pardee, and Joe Gibbs and played with football greats like John Riggins and Joe Theisman.
After four seasons of professional football in Washington, Donnie Harris was traded to the New York Giants were he started as Safety. In New York, he played for Bill Parcels and Ray Perkins, and played with football legends like Laurence Taylor and Phil Sims. After one year with the Giants Donnie Harris was offered, along with greats like Hershal Walker, an unbelievable financial package to change to a new league, the USFL, and play for Chuck Fairbanks and the New Jersey Generals. One year later Donnie Harris retired from the sport of Football with various injures.
After a six-year pro-football career Donnie Harris now resides in California with his wife Phyllis and their two sons Chat’z and Darrian.