Charles Harris Jr.
Class of 2016

Charles Harris Jr.
Charles Harris has many sports memories.

For the former Athens High football and track star, it’s more than most.

But what’s the one highlight that stands out most? Harris says that’s an easy pick. “Returning the interception 100 yards vs. Northeast Missouri State,” Harris said. “That was a good day. A very, very good day.”
That moment also a Jacksonville State record that still stands today. But these days, Harris’ athletic days are in the rearview mirror, but the
former Athens star is adding one more accolade to his long and illustrious

Harris is joining the Limestone County Sports Hall of Fame with
the 2016 class. “It’s an honor — a real honor,” Harris said. “A lot of great athletes have come out this area, and to be mentioned with the best, as a hall of famer, that’s special.”

Harris was a multi-sport star at Athens from 1974-78, playing on the Golden Eagles’ football and track programs. And Harris was part of multiple state titles.

As a defensive back, Harris helped Athens win Class 3A football state titles in 1975 and 1976, leading the team with five interceptions during his
senior season.

Harris also starred prominently on Athens’ track and field program, winning individual state titles in the 440- and
100-yard dashes.

“Those were some good times,” Harris said. “We had some pretty good football teams. There was a lot of talent. I’m glad I got to be part of it.”

Harris signed with Vanderbilt’s football program.

Midway through his freshman season at Vanderbilt, Harris played his way into the starting lineup, recording one interception. He was a preseason All-SEC selection as a sophomore, and was a starter for the Commodores for the majority of the season.

But following his sophomore season, Harris transferred to Jacksonville State, where he made an immediate impact on the Gamecocks’ defense. Harris was a two-year starter as a defensive back at Jacksonville State.

“I’ve been blessed with a lot of good things,” Harris said. “I made a lot of great memories playing football, and those last forever.”