Fred Harris

Fred Harris was the first Garland athlete to win a Texas High School track and field championship. He won the state discus throw in 1937, and placed fourth in the shot put. He also had a distinguished football career as a lineman in high school, college, and professional football. Fred's throw of 128'8 won the discus throw championship in the state competition which included athletes from all school classifications. Earlier he won the high school discus throw and shot put at the prestigious Texas Relays, setting a new discus record. As the captain of the Garland High team, Fred also set new district and regional records in the discus throw. He won the event in the county meet for the second consecutive year, and also topped the county shot put competition. Fred Harris, as a 6'4, 225 pound senior tackle was co-captain of the strong 1936 Garland Owl football team, which finished district runners up with a 6-2-1 record. As a junior, he was an outstanding starting lineman for the District 4-B champions, who won seven games while losing only three. He had initially earned a starting berth on the Owl team as a sophomore. At Southern Methodist University, Fred continued in both football and track and field, earning freshman awards and three varsity letters in each sport. During both his sophomore and junior seasons, the Mustang gridders were runners up in the Southwest Conference, posting 6-4 and 6-3-1 records. As a senior, the husky and highly mobile Harris was the starting left tackle for the Ponies, who were the co-champions of the conference and ranked sixteenth in the nation by the Associated Press, with a record 8-1-1. Following his senior season, the Mustang tackle was drafted by the NFL Chicago Cardinals. However, he signed with the New York Americans and played the 1941 season in the American Football League, before the spreading of WWII took priority over all and ended his playing days.