Chicago Bears Top 100: #97 Raymont Harris


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

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.  

Next 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.