Dec. 23, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA; General view of University of Phoenix Stadium as reflected in a Chicago Bears helmet during the first half against the Arizona Cardinals. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Bears Top 100: #97 Raymont Harris

We’re heading into the dog days of the offseason, counting the days until the Chicago Bears 2014 season kicks off.  Thanks to contributor and the fine editor of Blackhawk Up Keith Schultz’s suggestion, we’re going to do a Top 1oo list of the all time Chicago Bears.  It’s a fun way to pass the time and take a stroll down memory lane.  

Raymont_insideNext up in our countdown of Top 100 Chicago Bears is #97, running back Raymont Harris.  Harris was selected in the fourth round of the 1994 NFL Draft out of Ohio State, where he finished his collegiate career as the school’s 6th leading rusher.

Harris became the Bears’ starting fullback when Merril Hoge suffered a career ending injury.  He cleared the way for Lewis Tillman to gain nearly 900 yards while rushing for 464 himself.  That Bears team surprisingly went on to the playoffs, Dave Wannstedt’s only postseason appearance.

Harris went on to become the featured back for the Bears after Rashaan Salaam went up in smoke, so to speak.  His best season with the Bears was in 1997 when he racked up over 1000 yards and 10 touchdowns.  Harris earned the nickname “the Ultraback” for his versatility.

Today, Harris works for his Alma Mater, as a Director of Development for Ohio State’s Athletic Department.

What do you think of the ranking?  Too high?  Too low?  I guess you’ll have to check back to see who finished ahead of him to judge for yourself.  We’ll be counting down a different person each day as we inch our way to the September 7th season opener.


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  • DiscountPCRepair SATX

    This is laughable. If this guy is a Top 100 All-time Chicago Bear, the legacy of this team is indeed weak.

    • Cutler2Marshall312

      The bears have the most players in the hall of fame…the list isn’t weak it’s just your mind is weak…#BearDown #HallasBoys

      • DiscountPCRepair SATX

        Who said anything about the HOF?

        The BEARS are no doubt the greatest team of all time, but Raymont Harris,
        the “ultra-back”.

        • Blackhawk Up

          Harris could have been what Forte is now but broke his collarbone on the first carry of the season and never was the same player. His nickname was Ultraback and he was huge in playoff win in Minnesota!

  • Kirk Devries

    I’m not laughing Discount. In fact I really don’t have a clue on where to rank Harris. However, I do remember Harris well, he was a very good player for the Bears. This is just reading material and another top whatever list. Will wait for your list Discount, It may be better, it may not. I will read it if you post it.

  • Emilio A

    He was a tough runner. I think he almost three years without losing yardage. Very impressive in my book.