Nic Harris brings a lot to the football field but even more to the real game – the game of life. Wise beyond his years, the 2009 5th round draft pick of the Buffalo Bills understands his role and how he can best use it for good. That’s quite ironic, given the fluidity of his football positions. Once described as a “tweener,” scouts wondered just what to do with this college safety who wasn’t quite fast enough and didn’t exactly fit the bill as a linebacker. The Buffalo Bills were smart – they knew that wherever they placed him, he’d make it work, just like he has all his life.
Abandoned by both parents at birth, Nic bounced around from relative to relative, from coaches to friends, learning that he could never call any house a home during his early years. But this isn’t a man with excuses. At 15, Nic applied for his independence, severing all legal ties to his parents. He was now officially his own man. He now makes it a point to return to Alexandria, LA and work with the young boys in his community who are often overlooked.
“God got it right,” he once said in a college interview. He shares that lesson with his campers and young mentees whenever he can. After graduating ranked in the top three percent of his graduating class, Nic received over 60 Division 1 scholarship offers. Concerned about his grandmother’s health, he chose to attend the University of Oklahoma. While there, he racked up the honors we list below. But he also took time to mentor young children at the Marcus Garvey Charter School and run the Oklahoma Marathon.
Nic has a strong faith and knows that he can overcome any obstacle. But the Kappa man also knows how to have fun and enjoy the game. We’ll be certainly watching for him.
Listen here as Nic tells us about his camp, his life and his goals.
- · First black male homecoming king at University of Oklahoma
- · Recipient of The Wooden Cup
- · Three-time All Big 12
- · All American Honors.
- · Recipient of the Courage Award
- · Semi-finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award and the Ronnie Lott Award.
Here’s an article from thetowntalk.com about Nic’s June camp: “Be Great”