Former Mountaineer standout quarterback Major Harris will be enshrined into the College Football Hall of Fame today. You could talk all you want about his eye-popping stats, the first NCAA QB to rush for more than 2,000 yards and throw for more than 5,000. You could talk about how he scored nearly 60 touchdowns in three years of play. You could prattle on about how he was one of college football's first dual threat QBs. You could also talk about how he left a year early for an NFL that really didn't know what to do with him.â†µ
To me, however, that's all secondary. I was ten years old when Major was under center for the 'Eers leading them to victory week in and week out and an improbable shot at the national title. It was when sports really, really, mattered, and the Major was the best. I spent hours and hours re-enacting "The Play" on the playground. Hell, just now listening to that Jack Fleming call makes me feel like a kid again. He did it! Of course, let's not forget the Mountaineer Rap. I'm 31 years old and still can recite about half the words from memory. Sometimes I don't remember my own phone number, but I still remember that.â†µ
Congratulations, Major. You were larger than life when I was a little kid and, in a lot of ways, nobody can ever top that.