Walt Harris Named 2012 SEC Legend
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Former Mississippi State defensive back Walt Harris was named to the 2012 Southeastern Conference Football Legends Class, the conference announced Friday.
Harris and 13 other SEC greats will be honored at the 2012 SEC Football "Weekend of Champions," Nov. 30-Dec. 1 in Atlanta, Ga. The annual SEC Legends Dinner presented by AT&T will be held Nov. 30 at the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta and the group will also be recognized prior to the SEC Football Championship Game, which will be held at the Georgia Dome on Sat., Dec. 1.
From 1992-95, Harris patrolled the Maroon and White secondary, ending his career with a school-record 16 interceptions. Harris recorded six each as a sophomore and a junior and to this day is still the only player in school history to pick off six passes in two separate seasons. At the end of his senior season, the La Grange, Ga., native was honored as a First-Team All-American by College Sports and a Second-Team All-American by United Press International.
Following graduation, the three-time All-SEC corner was selected 13th overall by the Chicago Bears in the 1996 NFL Draft. Over the next 13 seasons, Harris played 193 games in the NFL (173 starts) for four different franchises, including the Bears, Indianapolis Colts, Washington Redskins and San Francisco 49ers. The 1996 Pro Bowler finished his professional career with 35 interceptions, four of which were returned for touchdowns.