John Harris is a football lifer, having spent his entire 38 years around the game as a coach's son, player, coach, writer, radio host, television guest and all-around football historian. Harris provides a perspective not many media members can—a thorough understanding of Xs and Os with the ability to communicate that love and understanding to readers and listeners.
After graduating as valedictorian and three-sport star at Lamar Consolidated HS in Rosenberg, TX, Harris played four years at Brown University, earning the 1993 Eugene C. Swift Award for determination, hard work and courage. He earned two varsity letters in his time on the legendary Brown campus. He decided to add a Masters in Accounting from University of Virginia to finish his well-rounded education in 2002.
In 1994, Harris started his coaching career at Episcopal High School in Jacksonville, Florida. In 1998, at the age of 26, Harris took over as head coach of the school's varsity squad and in three short years, he led them to the FHSAA playoffs for the first time in school history. He was voted District 6 Coach of the Year in 2000 after his team finished with the aforementioned playoff berth.
While coaching, Harris started his radio career in 1998 as a college football expert on SportsRadio 610 in Houston. He joined the early morning show for three years and eventually joined the #1 show in the city the "John and Lance Morning show" in 2002. Harris became a fixture on the morning show for the next five years, discussing college football and the NFL Draft. Harris also did guest hosting radio appearances in 20 different cities throughout the nation, including New Orleans, LA, Pittsburgh, PA, Palm Springs, CA and Raleigh, NC. Currently, Harris is Sporting News Radio's football expert, participating on a number of shows throughout the network's lineup.
Harris started writing for collegefootballnews.com in 2003. He became a featured writer for one of the nation's most popular college football websites for the next four years. His Keys to the Game articles were featured on the foxsports.com front page throughout college football season. Throughout the past nine years, he has been the college football half of View from the Sideline. In 2010, Harris and Lance Zierlein combined to put together a 2010 "View from the Sideline" NFL Draft magazine and College and Pro Football Preview a Herculean feat for two "football" men.
In 2007, Harris started his full-time radio career co-hosting the Sean and John show on 1560 The Game. Through that show, Harris continued to build his football resume. In 2010, Harris was fully responsible for putting together the Rotary Lombardi Award Watch list and has been well received as the guest speaker at RLA functions the past two years. In 2011, Harris was the guest speaker for the Paul Bear Bryant Awards in Houston. Harris has been seen on numerous television shows throughout the city and even on NFL Network in 2007.
By Lance Zierlein
March 31, 2014