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Harris deserves to be in Hall

2/3/2009

Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

In a blog entry Tuesday, Dallas Morning News columnist Jacques Taylor makes the point that no more Tom Landry-era Cowboys will make the Pro Football Hall of Fame now that Bob Hayes has been voted in.

He thinks that linebacker Chuck Howley and receiver Drew Pearson are the only two others from that era who belong in the Hall. I think safety Cliff Harris is also deserving of the honor. He just missed becoming a finalist in 2004, and he'll have a chance to be nominated by the senior committee.

Harris was a four-time All-Pro and he went to the Pro Bowl six consecutive seasons. He was also named to the All-Decade team for the '70s. He's hurt by the fact that the Hall hasn't been a welcoming place for safeties over the years. But the undrafted player out of Ouachita Baptist University made a huge impact on the game.

And don't forget about Cornell Green. He was a sensational defensive back who never received enough attention. If he'd had decent hands, there's no telling how many interceptions he would've finished with.