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Ronnie Harmon
Running Back
Jersey #(s)
Born May 7, 1964 (1964-05-07) (age 45)
Queens, New York
Career information
Year(s) 19861997
NFL Draft 1986 / Round: 1 / Pick: 16
College Iowa
Professional teams
Career stats
Receptions 582
Rush / Rec. Yards 8850
Total Touchdowns 34
Stats at
Career highlights and awards

Ronnie Keith Harmon (born May 7, 1964 in Queens, New York) is a former professional American football player. After a standout career at the University of Iowa in the Big Ten Conference, he played for 12 seasons (1986-1997) in the NFL. A 6", 220-lb. running back, Harmon was selected by the Buffalo Bills in the 1st round (16th overall) of the 1986 NFL Draft.

Harmon was better known for his receiving rather than his rushing capabilities, a reputation he earned after committing four fumbles, all of which resulted in turnovers, in a 45-28 loss for Iowa against UCLA in the 1986 Rose Bowl Game. It is also a very popular rumor that he was paid to "throw", or fumble in this case, that game away.[1] Harmon to this day denies all of the allegations. He also played in Super Bowl XXIX for the San Diego Chargers in their 49-26 loss against the San Francisco 49ers, a game in which he led his team in receiving with 8 receptions for 68 yards. Ronnie's brothers Kevin and Derrick also played in the NFL.

Harmon was a consensus all-city football player at Bayside High School in Bayside, Queens.[2]

Ronnie's brother Kevin replaced him at running back after his graduation from Iowa.


  1. ^ Ron Maly: Hawkeye Past and Hawkeye Future. July 25, 2002. Abstract: Accusations by a mobster, Michael Franzese, a thug who was associated with sports agent Norby Walters, and was interviewed on HBO's Real Sports, implicated Ronnie Harmon in throwing the 1986 Rose Bowl.
  2. ^ Harvin, Al. "FOOTBALL; Harmon Likes Seeing New York And Loves Playing in San Diego", The New York Times, November 23, 1991. Accessed May 19, 2008. "'I have to stay with my teammates out in New Jersey, but the first thing I'm going to do when I arrive is to head for Manhattan,' said Harmon, a consensus all-city football player at Bayside High School in Queens when the Commodores were a powerhouse in the late 1970's and early 1980's."


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